Interview with Joris van Loenhout, Université catholique de Louvain
In the summer of 2003, Europe was hit by an extreme drought and heatwave with severe consequences. Due to climate change, a further increase in frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves is predicted.
“Many individuals in the heatwave plans are not aware of the fact that there is a heatwave plan, let alone of the fact that they have a role in it”, says Dr Joris van Loenhout from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL).
Listen to the interview with Dr van Loenhout and learn how the ENHANCE project has been working to increase health resilience to extreme heat events.
Note to readers:
Joris van Loenhout studied Biological Sciences at Utrecht University. He completed his bachelor in 2004, and continued with a Master of Science in Toxicology and Environmental Health, which he finished in 2006. Joris worked for the environmental health department of the Public Health Services Gelderland-Midden between 2007 and 2014. Within this position, he was initially responsible for the coordination of several EU-funded projects in various environmental health fields, such as transport and indoor environment (PRONET), education of environmental health physicians (PHEEDUNET and TOP) and climate change (Climate-TRAP). In 2011, a research proposal was granted for a study within the Academic Collaborative Centre of Environmental Health (AW-MMK), on heat exposure and heat stress in residences of the elderly, on which Joris worked until April 2014. Between May and September 2014, he was programme manager within AW-MMK. Joris started combining his position at the Public Health Services Gelderland-Midden with a part-time PhD position at the Academic Collaborative Centre AMPHI at Radboud university medical center in July 2010, which resulted in a thesis on the long-term health status of Q fever patients. Since October 2014, Joris is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, within the Université Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, on the ENHANCE project.