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

February 7 - 8

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

17 Teachers from secondary schools assisted to the seminar.

2017_CSIC a lAula                                                      profesores_facebook

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 are inseparable, something that inhabitants of large cities know and suffer greatly, since industrialisation. Currently, it has become a priority area of ​​research due to the risk on the development of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

The course had a practical part in which participants visited the facilities, handled equipment and checked closely the quality of the air we breathe.

We invite you to learn more about the project through our informative video.




From 16:30 to 19:30 at IDAEA-CSIC premisses.

Dimarts 07 de Febrer, 2017

16:30 Benvinguda a l’IDAEA i entrega de material

16:40 El problema de la qualitat de l’aire – Xavier Querol, Professor d’Investigació del IDAEA-CSIC

18:00 Pausa

18:15 Salut i medi ambient: mètodes, efectes i reptes – Aurelio Tobías, Investigador del IDAEA-CSIC

19:30 Final de la jornada


Dimecres 08 de Febrer, 2017

16:30 (visita paral•lela en 2 grups)

Visita a l’estació de qualitat del aire

Cristina Reche – Investigadora del IDAEA-CSIC
Fulvio Amato – Investigador del IDAEA-CSIC
Angeliki Karanasiou– Investigadora del IDAEA-CSIC

Visita als laboratoris de qualitat de l’aire

Rebeca Vazquez – Tècnic de Laboratori del IDAEA-CSIC
Mercè Cabañas – Tècnic de Laboratori del IDAEA-CSIC
Rafael Bartrolí – Tècnic de Laboratori del IDAEA-CSIC

17:30 Pausa

17:50 Mesures de millora – Fulvio Amato, Investigador del IDAEA-CSIC
18:40 Contribució d’ AIRUSE-LIFE+ – Angeliki Karanasiou, Investigadora del IDAEA-CSIC

19:30 Cloenda

Reference websites:

Project AIRUSE http://airuse.eu/

Project IMPROVE LIFE (Metro) http://improve-life.eu/es/

Project BREATHE http://www.creal.cat/projectebreathe/descripcion.html

Programme LIFE+ http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.getProjects&strandID=1


Scientific articles:

Jordi Sunyer , Xavier Querol et al. Association between Traffic-Related Air Pollution in Schools and Cognitive Development in Primary School Children: A Prospective Cohort Study. The Lancet, 2015.

Nick Watts, Anthony Costello et al. Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health. The Lancet, 2015.

Stephen S Lim, et al. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet, 2012.

Class materials:

2 Calidad del Aire para niños_Page_013 Calidad del Aire para jovenes_Page_01

For secondary school                                               For primary school


Pla d’actuació per a la millora de la qualitat de l’aire (Catalunya)

The energy, climate change and air quality plan of Barcelona (PECQ 2011-2020)

EEA – Air quality in Europe — 2014 report


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