IMPROVE LIFE (LIFE13 ENV/ES/000263) is organising a workshop on air quality in subway systems on 3 July 2017, within the framework of the 5th Iberian Meeting on Aerosol Science and Technology - RICTA 2017 - in Barcelona.
The IMPROVE LIFE project is conducting a study of Barcelona's metro system, in collaboration with the city's public transport authority, to help improve subway air quality. It is identifying the main pollutant sources, and helping to prioritise and deliver cost-effective air pollution mitigation strategies. The project is developing protocols and best practice policies that could be applied in subways across Europe. It is currently asking commuters to fill in a short online questionnaire about underground railway air quality.
IDAEA-CSIC (the coordinating beneficiary of IMPROVE LIFE) is hosting RICTA 2017 (3-6 July). Over the four days, experts from many scientific disciplines will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, and be inspired by keynote speeches. RICTA 2017 will include presentations and discussions on indoor air quality, aerosol chemistry, exposure assessment, bioaerosols, legislation, and control and prevention strategies, along with other topics. The meeting will also include an exhibition by industrial partners.
Among the keynote speakers, Jesús Miguel Santamaría (Universidad de Navarra, Spain) will talk about LIFE +RESPIRA (LIFE13 ENV/ES/000417), which is demonstrating new technologies and options for reducing the exposure of cyclists to urban pollutants.
Registration (and abstract submission) can be completed via the RICTA 2017 website.
The 14th Eurasian Grassland Conference will be held on 4-11 July 2017 in both Riga (Latvia) and in western Lithuania. The theme of this year’s conference is semi-natural grasslands across borders.
Dr Aveliina Helm of the University of Tartu will deliver one of the two keynote lectures on Thursday, 6 July 2017, entitled semi-natural grasslands in Estonia: importance, ecology and conservation efforts. This will focus also on the findings of the LIFE to alvars (LIFE13 NAT/EE/000082) project, which is restoring large-scale alvar grasslands in Estonia.
The results of the LIFE to alvars project will also be presented at a poster session on Saturday, 8 July. Also at this session, the LIFE GRASSSERVICE (LIFE12 BIO/LV/001130) project team will present their findings on alternative and economically-sustainable uses of the biomass harvested during the maintenance of grasslands for biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Co-hosted by the University of Latvia, the Latvian Botanical Society and the Nature Research Centre in Lithuania, the event will provide opportunities to visit a range of semi-natural grasslands in the Eastern Baltics.
The grassland conference will include sessions on:
The conference brings together the latest research, and links it to practical management and policy steps that contribute to the sustainability of semi-natural and natural grasslands, with an emphasis on cases where grassland ecosystems are shared between man-made and natural geographical borders.
The theme of the International Water Conference Blues in the Marshes 2017 will be hydrology and water management in relation to nature conservation. Participants at the event which runs from 6 – 7 July 2017 will have the chance to learn about the LIFE project Blues in the Marshes (LIFE11 NAT/NL/000770) as well as climate change and nature conservation.
There will be workshops on climate change and water storage in relation to Nature2000 objectives, water management and the maintenance of nature conservation areas and the results of large-scale top soil excavations of former agricultural land. On the morning of the second day delegates will visit the project area and hopefully spot the rare butterfly Scarce Large Blue (Phengaris teleius).
Blues in the Marshes aims to restore the habitat of the highly threatened Scarce Large Blue and Dusky Large Blue (Phengaris nausithous) butterfly species within the network of the Vlijmens Ven, Moerputten and Bossche Broek Natura 2000 sites. Specifically the project team hopes to enlarge and improve the habitat area of both butterfly species by creating new nature areas from intensively-used arable land.
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The LIFE BIOAQUAE project (LIFE11 BIO/IT/000020) is organising its final event on the conservation of high mountain lakes in collaboration with the LIFE LIMNOPIRINEUS (LIFE13 NAT/ES/001210) project. The event will take place at the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy on 6-8 July 2017.
High mountain lakes are considered biodiversity reservoirs. They are under threat due to global, regional and local activities, in particular the introduction of alien invasive species of fish. This international event will be the opportunity to discuss the role of Natura 2000 network sites and protected areas as well as recent research advances on wastewater management in alpine areas and invasive alien species (IAS) management.
The meeting will also present specific examples of achieving long-term conservation of high mountain lake ecosystems.
The LIFE BIOAQUAE project targets two main problems: the impact of IAS on natural ecosystems and their endemic species; and the impact of organic pollutants discharged into alpine rivers and lakes. Its overall objective is to improve the biodiversity of high altitude aquatic ecosystems in the rivers, streams and lakes of the Gran Paradiso National Park, to eradicate exotic fish species and to reduce organic pollution in the national park.
LIFE LimnoPirineus aims to restore targeted aquatic habitats in the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park in Spain. The project will restore the ecological functioning of 19 high mountain lakes through the eradication – or significant reduction - of alien invasive fish species and protect and restore the quality of peat bogs and tufa-forming springs that are currently under pressure from tourism and livestock.
The list of invited lecturers at the event includes specialists from Austria, Italy, Spain and the US. The meeting is open to researchers, experts, managers and everyone interested in the various topics discussed.
Those looking to speak at the event should send a brief abstract of maximum 250 words in English. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 6 June 2017. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Those planning to participate at the event need to complete the online registration form.
Protecting and managing Europe’s wetlands will be the focus of the International Conference on Conservation and Management of Priority Wetland Habitats, an event taking place in Riga (Latvia) on 11-12 July 2017.
The conference, which is being organised and led by the project LIFE_Wetlands (LIFE 13 NAT/LV/000578), will bring together public officials, landowners, conservationists, biodiversity specialists and other stakeholders to discuss efforts in the EU to safeguard the future of these habitats and to share experience.
The conference venue is the Academic Centre for Natural Sciences at the University of Latvia.
Wetlands are vital ecosystems for preserving biodiversity. They also act as important stores of water and carbon, contributing to climate change mitigation efforts.
The agenda for the two-day event includes presentations on all aspects of wetland management, including in-depth studies of peatland, bogs, freshwater habitats and carbon sequestration.
On day two, participants will make three field trips to see the range of wetland habitats in Latvia and the way they are being sustainably managed by the LIFE project. The LIFE_Wetlands project is working to develop wetland conservation and management actions that secure protected habitats of international importance in Latvia.
The LifeMedGreenRoof project (LIFE12 ENV/MT/000732) is holding an End-of-Project Seminar on 20 July 2017 at the main campus of the University of Malta. The full-day of activities begins with an overview of the latest developments and results of the university-led LIFE project and closes with a discussion session.
The event features presentations on ways of rendering urban areas more sustainable with a focus on substrates and water run-off, as well as plant propagation and the thermal properties of green roofs. A site visit is scheduled alongside presentations from a green infrastructure project carried out in Radom, Poland (LIFERADOMKLIMA-PL - LIFE14 CCA/PL/000101) and a Swiss green roofs project.
More details are available from the event programme. Participation is free, but registration is required.
The LifeMedGreenRoof project, which began in November 2013, carried out a study of green roofs in Malta. Such roofs are not as common in the Mediterranean region as they are in northern Europe.
Over the past four years, the project has established a best practice for green roof construction in a Mediterranean environment that the beneficiary hopes will encourage their further development in Malta and Italy. To demonstrate the environmental benefits of green roofs the project constructed two examples, one on the University of Malta's Faculty for the Built Environment campus building and one on a building located on the campus of Fondazione Minoprio (a project partner) in Italy.