Conferences & Workshops

Title LIFE MEDEA midterm event in Malta

The Midterm Event of LIFE MEDEA project held under the theme Air Quality and Health in Mediterranean Europe. The event was co-organised by University of Cyprus and University of Malta in Malta.The conference covered topics related to air quality and health in the region of South-eastern Europe with a special focus on Desert dust events.

The Conference started with welcome addresses by Prof. Godfrey LaFerla (University of Malta) – Dean of Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, Prof. Stephen Montefort (University of Malta) – Local host and Prof. Panayiotis Yiallouros (University of Cyprus) – LIFE MEDEA Project Coordinator

The Conference showcased the MEDEA project’s aim and results focusing on the impact of exposure reduction strategies to Desert Dust in relation to pediatric asthma control and provided a space for policy-making bodies, regional initiatives and academic organizations to present their projects and achievements.

We thank Dr Mark Scerri (University of Malta) who gave talk on the effect of Saharan dust events on levels of atmospheric particulate matter in Malta, Dr Nikos Kalivitis (University of Crete) for presenting the observations and model simulations of desert dust outbreaks in the Mediterranean, Mr Andreas Eleftheriou who gave an overview on operational predictions of Sand and Dust Storms in the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Souzana Achillleos (Cyprus University of Technology) for demonstrating spatio-temporal variability of Desert Dust Storms in Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Peter Fsadni (University of Malta) for delivering presentation on microbiological pollutants and indoor air quality, Dr Noel Aquilina (University of Malta) for providing information on chemical characterisation of local indoor PM2.5 and settled house dust,  Dr Eleanor Gerada (University of Malta) for presenting the disparity in school traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) levels and their association to allergic disease in children in Malta, Dr Emmanouil Galanakis (University of Crete) for summarising the evidence on non-anthropogenic air pollution and infections and Makis Stamatelos for demonstrating the development of the MEDEA Desert Dust Events warning system and mobile application.

Closing the Conference, Prof. Yiallouros and Prof. Montefort  highlighted the importance of optimising cooperation and building synergies to interlink this novel knowledge and best policy practices with the existing data on particulate matter and its health effects.

The overall objective of MEDEA project is the efficient replication and transfer of  LIFE MEDEA good practices and guidelines to larger DDS-exposed EU populations.