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Professor of Maastricht University in Netherlands, Thomas Krafft visited Insititute of Urban Environment

Invited by International Council for Science, Professor of the university of Maastricht in the Netherlands, Thomas Krafft visited Insititute of Urban Environment (IUE) on August 16th and gave a report titled about “Deal with urban health inequalities - the European Union health project”. Proffesor Thomas Krafft worked for Maastricht University in Netherlands. His research mainly concentrated on comparable study health system, global health and health geography., focusing on Europe and Asian (especially Indian and China ). Currently, key cooperation projects he involved in includes emergency medical research, syndromic surveillance and health monitoring. At the same time, he also teaches in several universities in China, India and Austria.

In the lecture, Professor Thomas Kraff mainly introduced urban health inequalities cases and taking the Europe-Healthy project he involved in as example, he expounded the method of constructing population health index. In the Europe-Healthy project, his group built up a multiple criteria evaluation model by using the method of Delphi and participatory modeling. The modeling is uesd to evaluate inequality levels in Europe so as to help policymakers understand health inequality and provide a basis for policy-making. After the lecture, Professor Krafft has made widespread communication with teachers and students of IUE attending the lecture. The atmosphere during the lecture kept warm.

Thomas Krafft serve with a key position for many academic institutes and journals, now for the post: Journal "Earth Perspectives" (Springer) editor-in-chief,co-chair of the European Academic Global Health Alliance (EAGHA), chair of Global Health Europe and co-chair of the Commission on Environment and Health of the International Geographic Union (CHE-IGU).

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