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Dr. med. Alina Herrmann

geb. Vandenbergh


Post -Doc

Alina Herrmann is a medical doctor, who is particularly interested in the role of health professionals at the crosslink of climate change and health. In her doctoral thesis she investigated general practitioners' role in protecting elderly in heat waves. She was involved in developing feasible guidelines for heat health action plans in Germany. Due to her expertise in heat health, she has also been invited as a consultant by the WHO Europe as well as several national stakeholder like the German Ministry of Health, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and Saxony and the city of Cologne. 
Alina has been the project coordinator of the European HOPE project, investigating health aspects of households’ willingness to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Alina is also active as a reviewer for several journals such as PLOS One, BMC Public Health and the International Journal for Environmental Research and Public Health.
In parallel to her scientific work Alina pursues her specialization in General Medicine. Therefore, she is especially interested in how to use primary care as an entry point to promote sustainable and healthy lifestyles. As a Post-Doc at Ina Danquah’s new Climate Change, Nutrition and Health group, she will investigate the health- and climate-related outcomes of dietary interventions. 


since 2020

Post-Doc in the Working Group “Climate, Change, Nutrition and Health”, Heidelberg Institute for Global Health (HIGH)

2017-2019 Resident at the Department of Internal Medicine, SRH Kurpfalzkrankenhaus Heidelberg with planned specialization in General Medicine
2017 Medical Doctor (MD) at the Institute of Public Health Heidelberg and the Network Aging Research Heidelberg, Scholarship Holder Klaus-Tschira-Foundation 

since 2016

Scientist at Institute of Global Health, Project Coordinator HOPE-Project

2015 Medical Approbation, Medical Faculty at Heidelberg University, Scholarship Holder Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation


Internship at World Health Organization (WHO), European Center for
Environment and Health in Bonn, Germany



Doctoral Thesis on “General practitioners’ role in preventing heat health impacts
in the elderly in Baden-Württemberg, Germany”
(Scholarship Holder of Klaus-Tschira-Foundation at the Network Aging Research Heidelberg) 

2008-2015  Medical Studies at Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University
(Scholarship Holder of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.)


Quitmann C, Sauerborn R, Herrmann A. Gaps in Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions by German Hospitals—A Systematic Grey Literature Review. Sustainability. 2021; 13(3):1430. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031430

Herrmann A, Amelung D, Fischer H, Sauerborn R, Communicating the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation to households and policy-makers, Research Handbook on Communicating Climate Change. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020.

Herrmann A, Sauerborn R, Nilsson M. The Role of Health in Households' Balancing Act for Lifestyles Compatible with the Paris Agreement-Qualitative Results from Mannheim, Germany. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020; 17(4):1297. doi:10.3390/ijerph17041297

Herrmann A, Haefeli WE, Rapp K, Roigk P, Lindemann U, Becker C: CME zertifizierte Fortbildung – Epidemiologie und Prävention hitzebedingter Gesundheitsschäden älterer Menschen. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie 2019. 10.1007/s00391-019-01594-4

Herrmann A, de Jong L, Kowalski C, Sauerborn R: Gesundheitliche Vorteile von Klimaschutzmaßnahmen – wie Haushalte und Politik profitieren können. Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz 2019.

Amelung D, Fischer H, Herrmann A, Aall C, Louis VR, Becher H, Wilkinson P, Sauerborn R. Human health as a motivator for climate change mitigation: results from four European high-income countries. Global Environmental Change. 2019 Jul 1;57:101918.

Becker C, Herrmann A, Haefeli WE, Rapp K, Lindemann U: Neue Wege zur Prävention gesundheitlicher Risiken und der Übersterblichkeit von älteren Menschen bei extremer Hitze. Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz 2019.

Sköld B, Baltruszewicz M, Aall C, Andersson C, Herrmann A, Amelung D, Barbier C, Nilsson M, Bruyère S, Sauerborn R: Household Preferences to Reduce Their Greenhouse Gas Footprint: A Comparative Study from Four European Cities. Sustainability 2018, 10(11):4044

Herrmann, A., Sauerborn, R.: General Practitioners' Perceptions of Heat Health Impacts on the Elderly in the Face of Climate Change-A Qualitative Study in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. International journal of environmental research and public health 2018, 15(5).

Bunker, A., Wildenhain, J., Vandenbergh, A., Henschke, N., Rocklöv, J., Hajat, S., Sauerborn, R. Effects of air temperature on climate-sensitive mortality and morbidity outcomes in the elderly: a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological evidence. EBioMedicine. 2016;6:258–268. 

Augustin, J., Sauerborn, R., Burkart, K., Endlicher, W., Herrmann, A., Jochner, S., Koppe, C., Menzel, AMücke. H.-G., „Klimawandel und Gesundheit“ in „Klimawandel in Deutschland. Entwicklung, Folgen, Risiken und Perspektiven“ Guy P. Brasseur, Daniela Jacob, Susanne Schuck-Zöller (Hrgs) (2016) Berlin Heidelberg. DOI 10.1007/978-3-662-50397-3

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