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June 2017
100€

2nd Training Course on Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) for source apportionment studies

June 14 - 16
IDAEA-CSIC,
Calle Jordi Girona, 18-26, Barcelona, 08034
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We are pleased to inform you on the upcoming 2nd Training Course on Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) for source apportionment studies, to be held in Barcelona next 14-16 June 2017 in the framework of AIRUSE LIFE+ Project​. Atmospheric particulate matter (PM) is a complex mixture of particles emitted by multiple sources. Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) is a widely used receptor model to perform PM source apportionment studies, identifying main sources of pollution and estimating their contributions to PM concentrations in ambient air. International…

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February 2017
Free

Teachers seminar – The air we breathe: pollutants, health and city.

February 7 - 8
IDAEA-CSIC,
Calle Jordi Girona, 18-26, Barcelona, 08034
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Teachers seminar – The air we breathe: pollutants, health and city. 17 Teachers from secondary schools assisted to the seminar.                                                        What pollutants do we inhale in the city? Do they have health effects? This course aims to approach the current research in air pollution, held at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research…

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June 2016
65€

PMF (Positive Matrix Factorization) training course

14 June, 2016 - 16 June, 2016
IDAEA-CSIC,
Calle Jordi Girona, 18-26, Barcelona, 08034
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We are pleased to inform you on the upcoming PMF (Positive Matrix Factorization) course, held in Barcelona next 14-16 June 2016 in the framework of AIRUSE LIFE+ Project​. International experts, including Prof. Philip K. Hopke from Clarkson University, on receptor models and their applications to environmental sciences, will offer a comprehensive training course on the use of USEPA PMF 5 program. The course will cover the following topics: – Input data uncertainty estimates – Case studies for contrasting types of environment – Apportionment…

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May 2016
Partners Only

4th AIRUSE Project Meeting

5 May, 2016 @ 10:00 - 18:00
Department of Environment, University of Aveiro,
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO CAMPUS UNIVERSITÁRIO DE SANTIAGO, AVEIRO, 3810-193 Portugal
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April 2016
Free

AIRUSE Final Conference

18 April, 2016 - 19 April, 2016
Residencia Investigadores CSIC Barcelona,
C/Hospital, 64, Barcelona, 08001 Spain
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We are pleased to announce the AIRUSE Final International Conference, ​which will take place on ​the 18th and 19th April 2016​,​ in Barcelona, Spain. The main objective of AIRUSE project -Testing and development of air quality mitigation measures in Southern Europe (LIFE11/ENV/ES/584)- is to provide the National Authorities of Southern European countries with the appropriate measures to reduce PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations in urban air. Have a look at our video presentation. AIRUSE conclusions on PM source apportionment, PM mitigation trials will be presented…

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March 2016
Partners Only

LIFE+ Unit (desk / financial officers) visit to AIRUSE Project

16 March, 2016 @ 16:00 - 19:00
IDAEA-CSIC,
Calle Jordi Girona, 18-26, Barcelona, 08034
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February 2016
solo su invito

Forum Stakeholders – AIRUSE presents results and recommendations in Florence

25 February, 2016 @ 9:30 - 13:30
Auditorium Sant’Apollonia,
Via San Gallo 25, Florence, 50126 Italy
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Next February the 25th, AIRUSE members will present, in Florence, the conclusions on PM source apportionment, PM mitigation trials, and the consequent suggested measures to decrease PM in 5 Southern European cities (Porto, Barcelona, Milan, Florence and Athens) targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach, as much as possible, the WHO guidelines. Reports available here: http://airuse.eu/outreach-dissemination/reports/ AGENDA OF THE MEETING:

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Free

Teachers seminar – Air pollution from airborne particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5)

18 February, 2016 - 19 February, 2016
N.C.S.R. ‘Demokritos’,
gia Paraskevi Attikis, ATHENS, 153 10 Greece
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PRESENTATION The atmospheric pollution in the cities is an important risk factor in the development of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. These adverse effects increase every year the number of hospitalisations and premature deaths of babies. Thanks to the increasing awareness, to breakthroughs in research and to consequent environmental policies, during the last decade, air quality has improved substantially. However, critical levels of pollutants still persist in Greece as well as in the rest of Europe. This seminar, addressed to secondary schools…

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Free

Urban Air Quality: Problems and possible solutions

4 February, 2016 @ 11:00 - 5 February, 2016 @ 14:00
FUNDACIÓN DE ESTUDIOS BURSÁTILES Y FINANCIEROS,
Calle Libreros, 2 y 4 - Edificio Palau Boil d'Arenós , Valencia, 46002 Spain
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The Generalitat Valenciana , with the collaboration of the European Project AIRUSE LIFE +, organises this meeting on the improvement of the air quality in urban areas. Measures being developed by Spanish cities such as Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, in their plans to improve air quality, will be discussed. English, Italian and Spanish experts will provide information on present plans (or under development) as well as on effective measures for the improvement of the quality of the air. Problems and…

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January 2016
Free

Teachers seminar – The air we breathe: pollutants, health and city.

20 January, 2016 - 21 January, 2016
IDAEA-CSIC,
Calle Jordi Girona, 18-26, Barcelona, 08034
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Teachers seminar – The air we breathe: pollutants, health and city. What pollutants do we inhale in the city? Do they have health effects? This course aims to approach the current research in air pollution, held at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (CSIC), in particular by the project AIRUSE LIFE11 ENV/ES/584, and to present the main urban air pollutants, their origin, effects on health and possible solutions to improve the quality of the air we breathe. Pollution and city…

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December 2015
invitation only

Forum Stakeholders – AIRUSE presents results and recommendations in Athens

15 December, 2015
Ionic Centre,
Lysiou, 11, Athens, Greece
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On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory of NCSR “Demokritos” organised a consultation meeting for the European AIRUSE Program – LIFE 11 / ENV / ES / 584 entitled: AIRUSE – Testing and Development of air quality mitigation measures in Southern Europe The objective of the meeting was the presentation of the results of the project and the exchange of views among stakeholders to improve the air quality in urban areas of southern Europe. The event was attended…

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Forum Stakeholders – AIRUSE presents results and recommendations in Valencia

3 December, 2015 @ 10:00 - 14:00
Generalitat Valenciana,
Valencia Spain
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Last December the 3rd, AIRUSE members presented, in Valencia, the conclusions on PM source apportionment, PM mitigation trials, and the consequent suggested measures to decrease PM in 5 Southern European cities (Porto, Barcelona, Milan, Florence and Athens) targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach, as much as possible, the WHO guidelines. Agenda Introducción al proyecto AIRUSE LIFE+ (X. Querol) Resultados de la contribución de fuentes a PM (atención especial al tráfico) (X. Querol) Tests específicos de medidas de mitigación…

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October 2015
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Forum Stakeholders – AIRUSE presents results and recommendations in Madrid

7 October, 2015 @ 11:30 - 14:30
Ayuntamiento de Madrid,
Calle Bustamante, 16, Madrid, Spain
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On October the 7th, 2015, AIRUSE members presented, to Madrid City Council, the conclusions on PM source apportionment, PM mitigation trials, and the consequent suggested measures to decrease PM in 5 Southern European cities (Porto, Barcelona, Milan, Florence and Athens) targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach, as much as possible, the WHO guidelines. Reports available here: http://airuse.eu/outreach-dissemination/reports/ Agenda of the meeting 1+ 2. Introducción al proyecto AIRUSE LIFE+ / Resultados de contribución de fuentes a PM – X. Querol 3. Contribución del tráfico a PM…

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September 2015
solo su invito

Forum Stakeholders – AIRUSE presents results and recommendations in Milan

11 September, 2015
Palazzo Regione Lombardia,
Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1 , Milan, 20124 Italy
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On September the 11th, 2015, AIRUSE members explained the conclusions on PM source apportionment, PM mitigation trials, and the consequent suggested measures to decrease PM in 5 Southern European cities (Porto, Barcelona, Milan, Florence and Athens) targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach, as much as possible, the WHO guidelines. Reports available here: http://airuse.eu/outreach-dissemination/reports/ Agenda of the meeting   Presentations 1. OVERVIEW OF PROJECT (Xavier Querol, IDAEA-CSIC) 2. RESULTS FROM Source Apportionment of PM (Xavier Querol, IDAEA-CSIC) 3. TRAFFIC CONTRIBUTIONS…

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EAC 2015 – AIRUSE at the European Aerosol Conference

6 September, 2015 @ 8:00 - 11 September, 2015 @ 17:00
MILANO-BICOCCA UNIVERSITY,
U6 BUILDING PIAZZA DELL’ATENEO NUOVO, 1 , Milan, 20126 Italy
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The 2015 European Aerosol Conference (EAC 2015) was held in the city of Milan, Italian Republic, from September 6th to 11th 2015 under the auspices of the European Aerosol Assembly (EAA), a body that now represents 12 national or regional aerosol societies. FINAL PROGRAMME These are the 7 AIRUSE presentation’s, involving all partners: 1. Biomass burning emission factors and chemical profiles in Southern Europe. Alves et al. 2. Are dust binders efficient in Southern Europe? Alternatives for efficient urban and industrial dust…

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July 2015

Encuentro: Bases científico-técnicas para mejorar la calidad del aire en España

20 July, 2015 - 21 July, 2015
Santander – Península de la Magdalena,
Santander, Santander, Spain
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La calidad del aire en España ha mejorado mucho en los últimos años y la tendencia sigue siendo buena. Esto se debe principalmente a la aplicación de unos valores límite de emisión cada vez más estrictos para las actividades contaminadoras de la atmósfera y al establecimiento de unos objetivos de calidad del aire cada vez más exigentes en la normativa de calidad del aire, basados principalmente en la protección de la salud. Sin embargo, aún persisten superaciones de los valores…

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Free

Teachers seminar – Urban Air Quality: Causes, effects on public health and possible solutions

13 July, 2015 - 14 July, 2015
IDAEA-CSIC,
Calle Jordi Girona, 18-26, Barcelona, 08034
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PRESENTATION The atmospheric pollution in the cities is an important risk factor in the development of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. These adverse effects increase every year the number of hospitalisations and premature deaths of babies. Thanks to the increasing awareness, to breakthroughs in research and to consequent environmental policies, during the last decade, air quality has improved substantially. However, critical levels of pollutants still persist in Spain as well as in the rest of Europe. This seminar, addressed to secondary…

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Free

Forum Stakeholders – AIRUSE presents results and recommendations in Porto

7 July, 2015 @ 14:00 - 18:00
CCDR-N,
Rua Rainha D. Estefânia, 251, oporto, 4150-304
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On July 7, 2015, AIRUSE members from the University of Aveiro, IDAEA-CSIC, ITC and University of Florence explained the conclusions on PM source apportionment, PM mitigation trials, and the consequent suggested measures to decrease PM in 5 Southern European cities (Porto, Barcelona, Milan, Florence and Athens) targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach, as much as possible, the WHO guidelines. The event took place at the North Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N) premisses, in Porto and it was attended,…

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April 2015
Partners only

3rd LIFE Monitoring Team visit

29 April, 2015
IDAEA-CSIC,
Calle Jordi Girona, 18-26, Barcelona, 08034
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The  3nd monitor team visit will take place on April the 29th 2015 at IDAEA-CSIC premisses in Barcelona. Mrs. Raquel Navarrete, representative of the NEEMO EEIG, will attend this routine control of the project progress. Members of 4 partners will assist: Xavier Querol, Fulvio Amato and Cristina de Vasconcelos from IDAEA-CSIC; Irina Celades from AICE-ITC; Célia Alves from UAVR; Franco Lucarelli from UNIFI and Kostas Kostas Eleftheriadis from NCSRD.

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Free

Quantitative methods for evaluating daily contributions of African dust to ambient PMx levels over Europe during dust outbreaks

27 April, 2015 - 28 April, 2015
ICM – Institut de Ciències del Mar,
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49, Barcelona, Select a State: 08003 Spain
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Networking activity promoted by AIRUSE project, together with 3 other LIFE+ projects: LIFE+ 2010 ENV/IT/391 DIAPASON  – Desert-dust Impact on Air quality through model-Predictions and Advanced Sensors ObservatioNs LIFE10 ENV/IT/327 MED-PARTICLES  – Particles size and composition in Mediterranean countries: geographical variability and short-term health effects LIFE 09 ENV/GR/000289 ACEPT-AIR  Development of A Cost Efficient Policy Tool for reduction of Particulate Matter in AIR This scientific meeting aims at bringing together experts on the evaluation of African dust contributions to air quality impairment over Southern Europe. The goal is…

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March 2015
Invitation only

Stakeholders Forum – AIRUSE presents results and recommendations to the Ajuntament de Barcelona

27 March, 2015 @ 10:00 - 13:00
Ajuntament de Barcelona – Departament de Medi Ambient,
Torrent de l'Olla, 218-220, pl.3a., Barcelona,
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Xavier Querol and Cristina de Vasconcelos returned to the Ajuntament de Barcelona to present conclusions and recommendations from the project, so far. Once the pollution sources were identified and their relative contributions were obtained, the strategic goal of the AIRUSE became to develop, test and propose cost-effective air mitigation measures in Southern Europe, targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach, as much as possible, the WHO guidelines. The specific PM mitigation measures experimentally tested were: For road dust and…

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3rd AIRUSE Project meeting

23 March, 2015
UNIFI – Università degli Studi di Firenze,
Piazza S.Marco, 4, Florence, 50121 Italy
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The 3rd management meeting organized by the CB was held on March 23th 2015 in Florence, at the premises of the AB UNIFI, with the participation of all beneficiaries. The progress of the technical and dissemination activities was reviewed and decisions were taken concerning further dissemination activities to be conducted. AIRUSE members agreed to schedule meetings with the national authorities and stakeholders of the 5 AIRUSE cities to present the final results of the project and a special workshop for stakeholders…

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Stakeholders Forum – AIRUSE presents results and recommendations to the Catalan Department of Territory and Sustainability

2 March, 2015
Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat,
Barcelona, Catalunya Spain
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Xavier Querol, Angeliki Karanasiou, Cristina de Vasconcelos and Mariola Brines from coordinating partner IDAEA, returned to the Catalan Department of Territory and Sustainability to present conclusions and recommendations from the project, so far. Final Reports available here: http://airuse.eu/outreach-dissemination/reports/ Once the pollution sources were identified and their relative contributions were obtained, the strategic goal of the AIRUSE became to develop, test and propose cost-effective air mitigation measures in Southern Europe, targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach, as much as possible, the WHO…

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February 2015
Partners only

AIRUSE delivers conclusions and recommendations to DG Environment

27 February, 2015 @ 10:00 - 12:00
DG Environment building,
Avenue de Beaulieu, 5, Brussels, 1160 Belgium
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AIRUSE delivers conclusions and recommendations to DG Environment (European Commission) and other stakeholders Members from all 7 partners explained to DG Environment the conclusions on PM source apportionment, PM mitigation trials, and the consequent suggested measures to decrease PM in 5 Southern European cities (Porto, Barcelona, Milan, Florence and Athens) targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach, as much as possible, the WHO guidelines. Final Reports available here: http://airuse.eu/outreach-dissemination/reports/ The specific PM mitigation measures experimentally tested were: For road dust, soil dust…

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AIRUSE presents results and recommendations to the Ministry of Environment of Spain

24 February, 2015
MAGRAMA,
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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Xavier Querol returned to the Ministry of Environment of Spain to present conclusions and recommendations from the project, so far, received by Mr. Alberto Orio. Once the pollution sources were identified and their relative contributions were obtained, the strategic goal of the AIRUSE became to develop, test and propose cost-effective air mitigation measures in Southern Europe, targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach, as much as possible, the WHO guidelines. The specific PM mitigation measures experimentally tested were: For…

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January 2015

AIRUSE present at the Catalan Parliament

28 January, 2015 @ 12:00 - 14:00
Parlament de Catalunya,
Parc de la Ciutadella, s/n, Barcelona, BARCELONA 08003 Spain
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Last January the 28th, Prof. Xavier Querol’s (AIRUSE project leader) was invited to the Catalan Parliament, by the Territory and Sustainability Committee, to answer to a Parliament question: What are the consequences of exceeding the air quality limit values? After an initial presentation from Prof. Querol, leaders from the different political parties intervened and presented their questions, which were answered at the end, again by Prof. Querol. In the opening AIRUSE results on Barcelona air quality were presented, these included…

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November 2014

Road dust collection campaign Florence

21 November, 2014 - 29 January, 2015
Unnamed Venue,
Florence, Italy
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A road dust sampling campaign was conducted on several streets of Florence: – VIALE ETRURIA: traffic site with traffic flows from outside Florence (including heavy duty vehicles); – VIA XI AGOSTO: traffic site with traffic flows from outside Florence (including heavy duty vehicles); – VIALE STROZZI: urban traffic site (on the Florence main city ring); – VIALE GRAMSCI: urban traffic site (on the Florence main city ring); – VIALE UGO BASSI: urban low traffic site (residential road); – VIA FIBONACCI:…

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Meeting with regional authorities in Florence

5 November, 2014 @ 8:00 - 17:00
Palce of Tuscany Region,
Via di Novoli, 26, Florence, Italy
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On the 5th of November 2014, Franco Lucarelli from AIRUSE Partner UNIFI, meet with members of the Regional Government and of the Environmental Protection Agency of Tuscany, to present the results on the identification of the aerosol sources and their impact in Florence (Action B2). Traffic (as sum of Vehichle exhaust, Vehicle non-exhaust and traffic-related secondary nitrates) and biomass burning are the most relevant aerosol sources in Florence.

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October 2014
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Meeting with Policymakers – DEFRA, UK Government

30 October, 2014
Unnamed Venue,
London, United Kingdom
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On 30 October 2014, Professor Ry Harrison from the University of Birmingham attended a meeting at the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, with the Chief Scientific Advisor and the Chair of DEFRA’s Science Advisory Council and was given the opportunity to explain the purpose and results of AIRUSE as part of a wider discussion relating to air quality issues. AIRUSE was discussed as an example of a highly policy-relevant research project with international significance.

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Meeting with Policymakers – Welsh Environment Agency

22 October, 2014
Unnamed Venue,
London, United Kingdom

On 22 October 2014, a meeting covering a number of separate topics was held by representatives of the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales (The Welsh Environment Agency), where Professor Roy Harrison had the opportunity to present results of AIRUSE as part of a wider discussion relating to air quality issues.

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Meeting with Policymakers – House of Commons, UK Parliament

17 October, 2014
Unnamed Venue,
London, United Kingdom
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On th 17th of December 2014, Professor Roy Harrison was invited to a reception at the House of Commons, London, where there were informal discussions on a number of environment and health issues. He had the opportunity to discuss ARIUSE results with several people from the government, industry and non-governmental organisations.

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Partners PMF workshop

13 October, 2014 @ 9:00 - 17 October, 2014 @ 17:00
IDAEA-CSIC,
Calle Jordi Girona, 18-26, Barcelona, 08034
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One of the goals of AIRUSE is the harmonization of receptor modeling protocol and the priorization of emission sources for defining city-specific mitigation measures able to reduce PM levels. During this one-week workshop, 17 AIRUSE members from all partners participated. The workshop activities were dividided as: – validating the dataset of PM chemical speciation for each city (PM10 and PM2.5), – calculating individual uncertainties of observed concentrations of PM components, – discussing and defining the protocol for species selection, –…

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July 2014
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Meeting with Policymakers – Environmental Protection UK

29 July, 2014
Unnamed Venue,
London, United Kingdom
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On the 29th of July 2014, Professor Roy Harrison, from the University of Birmingham, explained the purpose and results of AIRUSE on a meeting held with a number of policymakers, all of whom are associated with an organisation under the name of Environmental Protection UK, which is highly influential in government circles.  

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June 2014

CMA campaign at industrial site: l’Alcora (Castellón)

26 June, 2014 - 31 July, 2014
Industrial area de L’Alcora,
L'Alcora, L'Alcora, Castellón Spain
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Among the measures to reduce PM emissions, street cleaning (water only) and the application of calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) on roads was tested to prevent or reduce emissions of PM by resuspension of dust previously deposited on circulating ways, at both URBAN and INDUSTRIAL areas, with high traffic density. Concerning INDUSTRIAL areas, AIRUSE has performed tests both on paved and unpaved industrial roads. PAVED ROAD:  The tested paved road in one of the most important ceramic tile clusters of Europe was selected: l’Alcora. This road shows a traffic density…

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May 2014

Road dust collection campaign Porto

9 May, 2014 - 1 July, 2014
Unnamed Venue,
oporto, Portugal
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With the collaboration of the Traffic Division of the City Council, as well of the Municipal Police, a road dust sampling campaign was conducted on several streets of Porto and in a road tunnel (Avenida da Liberdade). The sampling device developed by Fulvio Amato was used to collect PM10 samples. These filters have been analysed by a thermal-optical method to obtain their carbonaceous content and by inductively coupled plasma techniques to get the elemental speciation. The “dust chemical profiles” will be…

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2nd LIFE Monitoring team visit

5 May, 2014
IDAEA-CSIC,
Calle Jordi Girona, 18-26, Barcelona, 08034
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The  2nd monitor team visit will took place on May 5th 2014 at IDAEA-CSIC premisses in Barcelona. Mrs. Raquel Navarrete, representative of the NEEMO Monitoring Team, attended the meeting in the framework of the yearly routine control of the project progress. Members of 4 partners assisted: Xavier Querol, Angeliki Karanasiou, Teresa Moreno, Fulvio Amato and Cristina de Vasconcelos from IDAEA-CSIC; Irina Celades from AICE-ITC; Célia Alves from UAVR; and Franco Lucarelli from UNIFI. The progress and implementation of the project’s…

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April 2014
Free

AIRUSE presents results from Nano-polymer campaign to Barcelona City Council

24 April, 2014 @ 8:00 - 17:00
Ajuntament de barcelona,
Calle Torrent d'Olla, 218-220, Barcelona, 08012 Spain
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Fulvio Amato and Angeliki Karanasiou from IDAEA-CSIC (coordinator of AIRUSE) and Staff of several Departments of the City Hall of Barcelona (Dept. of Environmental Innovation and Quality and Dept. of Investments and Transport Networks) joined for the presentation of the results on the effectiveness of nanopolymer in reducing soil dust resuspension from urban public parks in Barcelona (Action B7). The rationale, methodology and main results of the study were presented. Minutes of the meeting            …

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Dust suppressants campaign – CMA and MgCl2

16 April, 2014 - 23 May, 2014
Calle Industria,
Calle Industria, Barcelona, Spain
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During April and May 2013 the full width of Industria road (9 m) was spread only during dry and working days according to the following calendar: Phase 1: 25% CMA aqueous solution (ICE & DUST-AWAY, Nordisk Aluminat) was spread on a 1400 m stretch in the morning of 16th, 17th and 18th April; Phase 2: 25% CMA aqueous solution was spread on a 2300 m stretch in the morning of 22nd, 23rd, 24th April and 2nd, 6th, 8th, 13th May; Phase 3: 20%…

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Teachers Seminar – Air pollution: New challenges and directions – Second Chance School of Peristeri (Athens)

8 April, 2014
Second Chance School of Peristeri,
ATHENS, Greece
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On April 8, 2014, Dr. E. Diapouli (N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”) gave a lecture on Air Pollution at the Second Chance School of Peristeri. The school is intended for adults who want to complete secondary education and obtain a school certificate. The seminar was entitled: “Air pollution: New challenges and directions” and focused on the problem of particulate air pollution, its special features, sources and effects on human health and the environment. The objectives of AIRUSE project have also been presented, along…

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March 2014
Free

AIRUSE on Café Scientifique (Athens)

18 March, 2014 @ 20:00 - 22:00
Café Scientifique,
ATHENS, Greece
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On Tuesday 18 March 2014, Dr. E. Diapouli (NCSRD) gave a presentation in Café Scientifique, with the aim to disseminate AIRUSE project objectives and expected outcome. Café Scientifique is an initiative for the communication of science to the general public and takes place once every month at a coffee shop in Athens (http://www.cafescientifique.org/). Dr. Diapouli discussed on the air pollution situation in Athens and in the Southern European cities in general. She mentioned the special conditions present in Southern Europe,…

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3rd AIRUSE Project meeting

17 March, 2014 @ 9:00 - 17:00
N.C.S.R. ‘Demokritos’,
gia Paraskevi Attikis, ATHENS, 153 10 Greece
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3rd AIRUSE partners meeting took place in Athens at Demokritos’s premisses. The scientific progress of AIRUSE project was summarised and all completed and ongoing actions, expected results, deliverables and deadlines were reviewed. The Mid-term report, it’s content, administrative and financial issues were discussed and scheduled to meet deadlines. Future work and project implementation were also defined. Minutes of the meeting       

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NCSRD Interview to Mrs. N. Skepetari on ATHINA 9.84 radio station

16 March, 2014 @ 16:00 - 17:00
ATHINA 9.84 radio station,
ATHENS, Greece
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Dr. E. Diapouli (N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”) gave an interview on Sunday 16/3/2014 to Mrs. N. Skepetari on ATHINA 9.84 radio station. Dr. Diapouli discussed on the problem of particulate air pollution which remains an important environmental issue, especially in big urban centers across the world. She provided information on the current situation of particulate matter concentrations in Greece, the main sources contributing to peak concentrations, as well as the steps taken by the local and national authorities towards controlling specific pollution sources. Dr. Diapouli also noted…

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February 2014
Free

Meeting with Portuguese national authorities

6 February, 2014
Air quality monitoring station Antas,
Praça Francisco Sá Carneiro, oporto, 4350 Portugal
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On the 6th of February 2014, members of UAVR, Casimiro Pio, Márcio Duarte and Nuno Costa, met with responsable of national authorities (CCDR-N), António Vicente Araújo, at the air quality monitoring station of Antas (Oporto).  An evaluation of the all campaign was done and The equipment belonging to UAVR was removed from the station.

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September 2013
Free

Energia y calidad del aire urbano

18 September, 2013 @ 9:00 - 14:30
Salón de Actos del Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente,
Plaza San Juan de la Cruz, Madrid, Spain
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On the 18th of September the seminar “Energy and urban air quality” took place in Madrid at the MAGRAMA. Energy and urban air quality were discussed by AIRUSE members, several national authorities, and representatives of both research institutes and private companies . You can now follow the discussion trough the available presentations. Agenda for September 18th, 9.00 – 14.30 (Madrid) Download the PDF version of the agenda 9.00 Inauguración Guillermina Yanguas – Directora General de Calidad y Evaluación Ambiental y…

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Training activity on state-of-the-art receptor modelling (Florence)

9 September, 2013 - 12 September, 2013
UNIFI – Università degli Studi di Firenze,
Piazza S.Marco, 4, Florence, 50121 Italy
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From 9th to 12th September 2013, the AIRUSE training activity on state-of-the-art receptor modelling was carried out in Florence with the supervision of Dr. Fulvio Amato (IDAEA-CSIC). Participants from INFN, CSIC and University of Milan participated: Fulvio Amato, Roberta Vecchi, Gianluigi Valli, silvia Nava, Giulia Calzolai, Martina Giannoni, Daniele Mochi and Franco lucarelli. The four-days activities included: Overview of available programs for receptor modelling (PMF2, EPA PMF, ME-2) Training on Mulitlinear Engine scripting for constrained Positive Matrix Factorization Training on…

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August 2013

Road dust collection campaign Athens

7 August, 2013
Athens,
ATHENS, Greece
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A road dust collection campaign was conducted in Athens on August 7th, 2013. These are the first experimental data on road dust chemical profile for the city and they will be used during receptor model application. The campaign was carried out on Stournari street, outside the Ministry of Health, at the city centre. A specially designed dust collector was used for the sampling of PM10 on quartz and teflon filters.  The collector has been developed by IDAEA/CSIC. Training of NCSR “D”…

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Training on road dust sampling device

2 August, 2013
N.C.S.R. ‘Demokritos’,
gia Paraskevi Attikis, ATHENS, 153 10 Greece
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In August 2013 Angeliki Karanasiou from the coordinator IDAEA-CSIC visited the associated partner “NCSR Demokritos” in Athens, for a one day training of the technical staff on the road dust sampling device, designed and developed by the coordinator IDAEA-CSIC. Demonstration of the device and sampling tests took place at a street near “Demokritos” and 3 of its members assisted: Konstantinos Eleftheriadis; Evangelia Diapouli and Stergios Vratolis.

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July 2013

Summer Academy

14 July, 2013 - 19 July, 2013
Department of Environment, University of Aveiro,
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO CAMPUS UNIVERSITÁRIO DE SANTIAGO, AVEIRO, 3810-193 Portugal
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The University of Aveiro promoted from 14 to 19 July the “Summer Academy”. Students from the 10th to the 12th grades, from secondary schools, had guided tours to various departments. Within Action D4 (Dissemination of project results) of AIRUSE, Célia Alves and Luís Tarelho received the student groups, exposed the project objectives, explained how the biomass combustion facility works and presented the main results already achieved in Action B4 (Determination of the impact of biomass burning). Guided visits to the…

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AIRUSE partners meeting

12 July, 2013
Cotxeres Del Palau Robert,
Passeig de Gràcia, 107, Barcelona, 08008 Spain
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An AIRUSE partners meeting took place on Friday July the 12th, 2013, following the event Urban Air Quality: The Challenge of Non-Exhaust Emissions from Traffic. -Angeliki Karanasiou from IDAEA-CSIC revised the project’s activities and methodological criteria for the sampling campaigns were discussed and approved. -Franco Lucarelli, suggested to study more in detail the Saharan dust intrusions during the long term campaigns. For this reason samples will be collected every day when models forecast the arrival of air masses from the Saharan…

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Expert’s workshop – Urban Air Quality: The Challenge Of Non-Exhaust Emissions From Traffic

11 July, 2013 - 12 July, 2013
Cotxeres Del Palau Robert,
Passeig de Gràcia, 107, Barcelona, 08008 Spain
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Introduction and Aim Air pollution and its health impacts, in particular from particulate matter resulting from transport sectors, are considered to be the most important challenges facing sustainable development in EU and accession countries. The objectives of the Thematic Strategy (“Thematic Strategy on air pollution”, Brussels 21.9.2005) is to provide a specific contribution towards “levels of air quality that do not give rise to significant impacts on, and risks to human health and the environment”. This means no exceedance of…

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