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

18 February, 2016 - 19 February, 2016

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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 teaching staff, aims to raise awareness of a key social sector, through technical/scientific evidence.


1. Improving the teaching staff knowledge about questions that affect the air quality and its relationship with the quality of life.

2. Disseminating the project’s results and its proposals

3. Making evident the key role of teachers in the environmental education

4. Discussing instruments and examples to transfer this knowledge at the classrooms.


Overview of LIFE11/ENV/ES/584 AIRUSE project – Konstantinos Eleftheriadis

Introduction to particulate air pollution (characterisation, emission sources, impact, legislation) – Maria Gini

PM2.5 & PM10 concentration levels and chemical composition in Athens – Evangelia Diapouli

Contribution of major sources to PM concentrations in Athens – Konstantinos Eleftheriadis

PM Emissions from biomass burning – Evangelia Diapouli

Contribution of vehicular traffic to air pollution and development of effective mitigation strategies - Konstantinos Eleftheriadis

Demonstration of specialised software

Konstantinos Eleftheriadis – 3rd High School of Nikaia

Evangelia Diapouli – 2nd Regional Traning Center of Filothei


During the first day the content and the conclusions of the project were presented, as well as background information on particulate air pollution, emission sources, impact and legislation. The lectures were followed by questions and comments by the participating teachers.  The second day included the demonstration of specialised software in two computer lab rooms at two different schools.

43 Teachers from different schools in Athens assisted during the 1st day and 39 during the 2nd day.




18 February, 2016
19 February, 2016
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N.C.S.R. Demokritos
0030 210 650 3000


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