Human beings are currently experiencing profound changes in their ecology. Climate change and urbanization are dramatically changing the environment in which humans have evolved over thousands of years and this has major impacts. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 12.5 million deaths per year (~23% of all annual deaths worldwide) are currently attributable to modiﬁable environmental factors, most of which are related to climate change and/or urbanization (WHO, 2016).
In recent years it has become clear that people’s lives are vastly dependent on the environment not only for good health, but also for education, housing, economic opportunity, and social connection. How can we and future generations sustainably thrive in the midst of a profoundly changing environment?
At FAME lab, we imagine a world in which the vast majority of people understand how the environment impacts their life and plan their goals and activities in harmonious accordance with the long term well-being of humanity. Our goal is to get closer to that, to stand as a beacon that points towards that, and to offer the tools we can and inspire others to help us build tools to get to that world.
We strive to help society understand and adapt to the impacts of environmental factors on human beings. Understanding and addressing the drivers of poor outcomes in health, productivity, and performance will, undoubtedly, accelerate improvements in quality of life for all people – sustainably and justly.
The FAME lab was founded in 2008 to study the (F)unctional (A)rchitecture of (M)ammals in their (E)nvironment. Our group is part of the University of Thessaly School of Exercise Science and it currently consists of 15 researchers employed full-time as well as >10 graduate students. To date, we have participated in >10 EU-funded projects, we have published >100 research publications, and have presented our work in >200 international conferences. We also disseminate our work through twitter, facebook, and youtube.
WHO. Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2016.