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GeUmGe-NET: Gender, Environment and Health - Geschlecht, Umwelt, und Gesundheit

Study Background:
Until now some evidence on gender inequalities in environmental exposures and their health impacts have been described, but systematic consideration of sex and gender as well as their interplay in environmental health research are still missing.

Study Objective:
An interdisciplinary research network GeUmGe-NET (“Geschlecht – Umwelt – Gesundheit”) was established to systematically integrate both biological and social dimensions of sex/gender and their interactions into environment health research. The network consisted of an interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers from environmental and genetic epidemiology, toxicology, environmental medicine, public health, environmental justice, gender studies and social-ecological gender research.

Study Aims:
The aim of the GeUmGe-Net was to systematically evaluate the current state of knowledge, underlying concepts, and methods used in research on sex/gender and environmental health, to develop interdisciplinary approaches to integrate theoretical concepts of sex/gender into environmental health research, to discuss implications for environmental health monitoring and to develop recommendations for environment and health authorities.

In a first step, exploratory reviews of research fields were conducted and a common agreement on terms and concepts was developed. Examples of good practice as well as knowledge gaps were identified. Subsequently, the network will systematically assessed of how sex/gender is currently considered in biomedical and public health research on environmental health by using the rapid review method. Furthermore, potentials of further development of methodology in environmental health research by integrating sex/gender concepts were discussed reviewed and recommendations useful for environmental health monitoring, promotion, and protection to contribute to the transfer from science to practice were developed discussed.

Results were presented on a public workshop on October 25th 2016 in Berlin


  • Leading partner:
    Department of Social Epidemiology, Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

  • Other partners:
    Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institut für Epidemiology II, research group “Environmental risks“, Neuherberg, Germany
    German Environment Agency, Dessau-Rosslau, Berlin, Germany
    Bielefeld University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department 7: Environment & Health, Bielefeld, Germany
    Humboldt-University of Berlin, Institute of History, Gender and Science, Berlin, Germany

Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (Funding period: Dec 2015 – Nov 2016).

Current status:

Related publication:
Bolte G, David M, Debiak M, Fiedel L, Hornberg C, Kolossa-Gehring M, Kraus U, Lätzsch R, Paeck T, Palm K, Schneider A. Integration von Geschlecht in die Forschung zu umweltbezogener Gesundheit. Ergebnisse des interdisziplinären Forschungsnetzwerks Geschlecht – Umwelt – Gesundheit (GeUmGe-NET). Bundesgesundheitsbl. 2018; 61(6):737-746.
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