HCWH Europe Board

Luc Hens, PhD, Advisor for Scientific Publications, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and Editor-in-Chief, Springer Environment, Development and Sustainability journal, Belgium

Luc was previously the Chair of the Human Ecology Department at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). His research interests focus on interdisciplinary approaches in human ecology. Fields of research activity include environmental health, sustainable development, and environmental management. 


Anders Bolmstedt, PhD, Chemist, Occupational Health Service, Region Västra Götaland, Sweden

Anders coordinates the chemical management in Region Västra Götaland from the aspects of health and environmental protection. His work involves the setting up and evaluating of demands in procurement, and educating employees about the safe management of hazardous chemicals. Anders has been involved in risk assessments of hazardous chemicals for more the fifteen years. He was one of the initiators of the National Substitution Group (NSG) in Sweden where he is still active. In addition to chemicals issues, he is interested in the role of good health for the environment.


Ruth Echeverría, Education and Research Manager, Fundación Alborada, Spain

Ruth is a biophysicist and geophysicist, ans is currently the Education and Research Manager at Fundación Alborada - the only hospital in Spain free of chemical and electromagnetic pollution. She is in charge of the education program in Environmental Medicine for health professionals and is the head of an awareness-raising project on Endocrine Disruptors. Ruth is a member of the Joint Committee of the Chair of Pathology and Environment at the Complutense University of Madrid, where she is an Assistant Professor.  She is also Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Environmental Education and a member of the Executive Committee at Health and Environment Alliance. Currently she is pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Medicine and Public Health at the University of Granada.


Sofia Lindegren Hammarstrand, MD, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden

Sofia is currently working at the department for occupational and environmental medicine and doing research on perfluorinated substances and health effects. She is very involved and entusiastic about climate related health questions. She is on the board for Swedish Medical Associations Climate and Health Group and has been attending serveral of the United Nations Climate Change Conferences. Sofia is also the vice president of Swedish Doctors for the Environment.