On these days of unparalleled global environmental change and huge social and economic turmoil, advancing knowledge on the relationships between the environment and health and wellbeing has never been more important, not only to prevent disease, but also to know how to take advantage of all the opportunities posed by supportive environments to tackle major health, social and economic problems. Nevertheless, there is a vast gap in critical knowledge and in the education, training, implementation and management of Environmental Health issues, which hinders national and global efforts to reduce and eliminate diseases that might be prevented by better managing environmental factors, or to efficiently explore the natural and built environment in an innovative way for the benefit of the health and wellbeing.
Therefore, to support the ISAMB’s mission while taking into consideration its situation related to both internal (strengths) and external (opportunities) conditions, the ISAMB’s aims for the next years will include:
1. Become an internationally-recognised centre of excellence and a relevant hub of knowledge and expertise in Environmental Health;
2. Become a relevant and competitive Environmental Health research centre in the country;
3. Ensure that the most relevant areas and the complexity of the Environmental Health issues are addressed by the research carried out within the Unit;
4. Ensure networking, build partnerships with key stakeholders and foster links with both national and international complementary R&D groups;
5. Optimize the FMUL’s resources in education and training and increase the national and international population of Environmental Health students at FMUL;
6. Engage with key stakeholders and make the ISAMB’s outputs relevant for their products and services;
7. Support the Environmental Health decision process, in the public, private and third sectors, as well as at local, regional and national levels, mainly on the most relevant threats to health and beneficial influences from the environment;
8. Enable the ISAMB to compete successfully for research funds and ensure long-term financial sustainability.