June 8, 2021 to June 9, 2021
As fine particulate matter (PM2.5) levels in Southeast Europe have remained higher than in those of Western Europe for decades, public and governmental interest in the topic increases, and the demand for data and evidence on air pollution levels and trends as well as health effects is growing. In an effort to focus the discussions related to air quality and health, the Health Effects Institute (HEI), the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the Medical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and environmental health institutions in Serbia jointly hosted a virtual workshop on June 8-9, 2021 (1-4 PM CET) to review the status of current evidence on the health effects of air pollution in the Southeast European region and its interlinkage to current policy debate and actions. The workshop is part of the larger HEI project in Southeast Europe funded by the Clean Air Fund.
Read the workshop summary and key messages here.
Session recordings are now available here.
Day 1: Health effects of ambient air pollution: context, evidence and research strategiesJun. 8, 2021 - 1:00pm CEST
Keynote Talks Jun. 8, 2021 - 1:15pm CEST
Chairs: Dan Greenbaum, HEI and Barbara Hoffmann, University of Düsseldorf
1:15 PM Health basis for air quality policies in Europe
1:23 PM European air quality policy framework
1:31 PM What have we learned in the last decade about health effects of air pollution?
Session 1: Air Quality and Health Impacts of Air Pollution in Southeast Europe Jun. 8, 2021 - 1:55pm CEST
Chair: Hristina Vojvodic, Renewable and Environmental Regulatory Institute, Serbia
1:55 PM Current regional air quality situation
2:10 PM Regional/national perspectives
Q&AJun. 8, 2021 - 2:40pm CEST
BreakJun. 8, 2021 - 2:55pm CEST
Session 2: Progress in methods to study health effects of air pollution Jun. 8, 2021 - 3:00pm CEST
Chair: Tamara Schikowski, IUF-Leibniz Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Duesseldorf
3:00 PM Primer 1: How do we measure air quality and exposure to air pollution?
3:20 PM Primer 2: Epidemiological designs to study the effects of short- and long-term exposure to air pollution
Q&AJun. 8, 2021 - 3:45pm CEST
Meeting Day 1 Closing RemarksJun. 8, 2021 - 3:55pm CEST
Meeting Day 1 AdjournsJun. 8, 2021 - 4:00pm CEST
Day 2: Using data on health impacts to inform policymaking Jun. 9, 2021 - 1:00pm CEST
Opening remarks Jun. 9, 2021 - 1:05pm CEST
Chairs: Bob O’Keefe, HEI and Zorana Andersen, University of Copenhagen
Current status of air pollution and health policies/action in Southeastern Europe/Western Balkans
Assistant Minister, Sector for Environmental Management, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia
Member of Parliament of Bulgaria
Q&AJun. 9, 2021 - 1:25pm CEST
Session 3: Relevance of various air pollution sources in driving health impacts Jun. 9, 2021 - 1:30pm CEST
Chairs: Mira Jovanovski Dasic, Director of the SEEHN Secretariat, and Angel Dzhambov, Medical University of Plovdiv
1:30 PM How do different sources contribute to population exposure to key air pollutants in the region?
2:00 PM Evaluating the benefits of air pollution interventions
Q&AJun. 9, 2021 - 2:10pm CEST
BreakJun. 9, 2021 - 2:25pm CEST
Session 4: Using data on health impacts for policymaking Jun. 9, 2021 - 2:30pm CEST
Chair: Michal Krzyzanowski, World Health Organization [retired]
2:30 PM Primer 3: Approaches for estimating health impacts (GBD vs. EU-EEA vs. WHO)
2:50 PM Q&A
3:00 PM Panel Discussion: Application of health impact information in policymaking
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
World Health Organization [retired]
Q&AJun. 9, 2021 - 3:40pm CEST
Meeting Day 2 Closing RemarksJun. 9, 2021 - 3:50pm CEST
Meeting AdjournsJun. 9, 2021 - 4:00pm CEST
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