How can citizens help understand the link between the environment and mental health?

Environment and the brain

Join us for a dynamic debate on the intersection of mental health, the environment and public participation in research. This engaging public debate will bring together leading scientists, citizens, policymakers and other stakeholders to explore how mental health research can benefit from public engagement.

Event Details:

Date: December 3. 2023

Location: Hybrid format with both online and in-person session at Lecture Hall Ruin, the Berlin Museum of Medical History,  Charité University, Berlin

Fee: Free event


12:30 – Registration and refreshment

13:00 – Welcome – Prof Bernd Stahl

13:10 – Panel Discussion – Topic: The role of citizens in the future of research on mental health and the environment.

14:00 – Question and answer

14:30 – The position of the environMENTAL Project – Prof Gunther Schuman

14:55 – Closing remarks – Prof Bernd Stahl

15:00 – End

Profile of Speakers and Panellists include:

  • Prof. Gunter Schumann, Principal Investigator (environMENTAL Project), Founder and Director Centre for Population Neuroscience (PONS), Charite. He has pioneered the field of population neuroscience and was first to use of remote sensing satellite analysis to investigate the relation of physical environment, brain, and behaviour. Gunter is a recipient of an ERC advanced grant and has been supported by funding organisations such as EC, MRC, DFG, BMBF, NIH and others. He also holds a position as Distinguished Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai PONS hosts experts in neuroimaging, imaging genetics and biostatistics.
  • Prof. Henrik Walter, Deputy Medical Director (research); Professor for Psychiatry, Psychiatric Neuroscience and Neurophilosophy, Head of research division Mind and Brain, Head of consiliary psychiatry (campus CCM and CVK)
  • Prof. Bernd Stahl. Professor of Critical Research in Technology, University of Nottingham. Bernd was Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, (2010- 2022).
  • Dr. Angeliki Balayannis. Associate Professor Knowledge, Technology and Innovation, Wageningen University. Her research expertise includes participatory approaches to pollution, waste and planetary health.
  • Citizen’s representatives from the environMENTAL Consensus Conference
  • Representative from EC (TBC)
  • Representative from Civil Society Organisation (e.g. WWF)
  • Policy maker(s) TBC

We are thrilled to invite you to the public debate on the role of citizens and public participation in mental health research. This public event concludes the environMENTAL Consensus Conference which started as a series of online meetings with a diverse group of citizens and experts from the project (see The event has been organised to give a broader group of stakeholders including interest groups, policymakers and academia an insight into the outcome of the consensus conference and to further facilitate dialogue and engagement on the future of mental health research.