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05/10/2017 - 05/11/2017 | B-1040 Brussels

6th International Symposium on Ultrafine Particles – Air Quality and Climate

Ultrafine particles (UFP) are the smallest constituents of airborne particulate matter and are considered to be causing health problems and environmental effects. They may nucleate as a result of combustion processes or result from photochemical reactions of volatile precursor gases, thus showing a clear link to gaseous pollution. Recently, direct emission of man-made nanoparticles, e.g. from the incineration or degradation of synthetic nanomaterials, has attracted considerable attention.

Ultrafine particles (UFP), the nano fraction of airborne particulate matter, are considered to be causing serious health
problems and environmental effects. Combustion is a major source, also by producing volatile organic pollutants
which are converted in the atmosphere through photochemical reactions.
Increasing applications of man-made nanomaterials add to the problem, e.g. after incineration at the end of their
lifetime. A further interest in UFP results from their specific role in atmospheric processes such as cloud formation and
precipitation and, in fact, in climate.
The relation between UFP and human health and that of UFP and climate are both areas of active research and
cross-links between these fields are found nowadays.The subtitle of the conference series: “air quality and
climate” reflects this development.
Present policies to decrease exposure to particulate matter make use of the mass-based metrics PM10/PM2.5, which
do not properly represent all risks for human health. EFCA is, therefore, in favour of the development of a
fraction-by-fraction approach on particulate matter, both with respect to size and chemical composition. It already
recommended European policymakers the introduction of Black Carbon Particles as additional metric in the Air Quality
Directive. The organizers trust that EFCA’s 6th Ultrafine Particles Symposium 2017 will again feature the most
recent scientific progress in the field and so contribute to policy-relevant developments which improve the dialogue
with policymakers in Europe. The Symposium has gained visibility by permanently moving to Brussels and attracts
an effective mix of EU representatives and scientists. EFCA and KIT, together with GUS and CEEES are pleased to
organize this event again. We cordially invite all experts to contribute actively and hope to see you again at the State
representation of Baden-Württemberg in Brussels in May 2017.

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05/10/2017 10:30 - 05/11/2017 04:30

Event venue:

Representation of the State of
Baden-Württemberg to the EU
Rue Belliard 60-62
B-1040 Brussels

Target group:

Journalists, Scientists and scholars



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Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Monika Landgraf


Strategische Entwicklung und Kommunikation - Gesamtkommunikation

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