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LIFE MEDEA Open Public Fair in Cyprus

The first results of the clinical studies of the MEDEA program were presented at an informative event held on Tuesday May, 31 2022 at the Siakolas Educational Centre for Clinical Medicine. The event was organized by the Medical School of the University of Cyprus and the School of Health Sciences of the Cyprus University of Technology and was under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth.

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.

LIFE MEDEA replication visit to World Meteorological Organization Barcelona Dust Regional Center

LIFE+ MEDEA visited WMO Barcelona Dust Regional Center and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The BSC is a public research consortium formed by the regional government of Catalunya, the Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Spanish Government and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC. It houses the World Meteorological Organization Barcelona Dust Regional Center and hosts MareNostrum, a 13.7 Petaflops, Intel Xeon Platinum-based supercomputer which, among others, allows the performance of advanced climate change and atmospheric modeling and the calculation of desert dust trajectories and population exposure on a global scale. We are grateful to Dr Sara Basart and Dr Aurelio Tobias for the hospitality and the opportunity to talk with them about the methods and results of the LIFE+ MEDEA project and exchange experiences and thoughts on desert dust events, public health impacts and adaptation strategies. During the visit a hybrid webinar was organized for the scientific community and public servants to familiarize them with the results of the LIFE MEDEA project.

LIFE MEDEA Open Public Fair in Crete

The Open Public Fair event in Greece took place on the 8th of June, 2022 at Heraklion Cultural Center, “Experimental Stage” and was under the auspices of the 7th Health District and the Region of Crete.

LIFE MEDEA replication visit to Malta Environment and Resources authority

The Maltese Air Pollution Authority Dr Nadine Mercieca and her team hosted the LIFE MEDEA replication visit to Malta and the local Environment and Resources authority (ERA). During the visit, Professor Panayiotis Yiallouros of University Of Cyprus, Medical School, presented LIFE+ MEDEA project aims and findings. His presentation was followed by Dr Savvides Chrysanthos the head of the Air Quality Authority of Cyprus, who gave an overview of the operation of his sector in relation to Desert Dust Storms events. The ERA - Environment & Resources Authority expressed great interest to LIFE+ MEDEA results.  In the closing remarks, the two countries have found growing opportunities for collaboration.

Infectious Diseases Associated with Desert Dust Outbreaks: A Systematic Review

Abstract

Background: Desert dust outbreaks and dust storms are the major source of particulate matter globally and pose a major threat to human health. We investigated the microorganisms transported with desert dust particles and evaluated their potential impact on human health. Methods: A systematic review of all reports on the association between non-anthropogenic desert dust pollution, dust microorganisms and human health is conducted. Results: In total, 51 articles were included in this review. The affected regions studied were Asia (32/51, 62.7%) followed by Europe (9/51, 17.6%), America (6/51, 11.8%), Africa (4/51, 7.8%) and Australia (1/51, 2.0%). The Sahara Desert was the most frequent source of dust, followed by Asian and American deserts. In 39/51 studies the dust-related microbiome was analyzed, while, in 12/51 reports, the association of desert dust with infectious disease outbreaks was examined. Pathogenic and opportunistic agents were isolated from dust in 24/39 (61.5%) and 29/39 (74.4%) of the studies, respectively. A significant association of dust events with infectious disease outbreaks was found in 10/12 (83.3%) reports. The infectious diseases that were mostly investigated with dust outbreaks were pneumonia, respiratory tract infections, COVID-19, pulmonary tuberculosis and coccidioidomycosis. Conclusions: Desert dust outbreaks are vehicles of a significant number of pathogenic or opportunistic microorganisms and limited data indicate an association between dust events and infectious disease outbreaks. Further research is required to strengthen the correlation between dust events and infectious diseases and subsequently guide preventive public health measures.

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Health effects of desert dust storm events in the south-eastern Mediterranean: perceptions and practices of local stakeholders

Abstract

Background: The south-eastern Mediterranean experiences frequent desert dust storm events (DDS) that have been shown to be associated with adverse health effects. Aims: To assess the perceptions and practices towards DDS of local authorities and stakeholders from 3 countries in the region, Cyprus, Greece and Israel. Methods: Between October 2017 and April 2018, we administered a semi-structured questionnaire to regulatory authorities involved in public protection from DDS as well as social stakeholders in the 3 countries. The questionnaire addressed their knowledge regarding DDS, perceptions on the relationship between DDS and health effects and relevant actions taken towards public protection. Results: Out of 58 stakeholders contacted, 49 participated in the study (84.5% response rate). Fourteen (28.6%) were regulatory authorities and 35 (71.4%) were social stakeholders. All responders were familiar with DDS but several underestimated the frequency of events while the majority (73%) instinctively reported that elders, children and respiratory patients are susceptible subpopulations. Nevertheless, 71% were unaware of a national policy on DDS, or considered that this was lacking in their country. Although several stakeholders reportedly receive questions from the public regarding DDS effects, only few reply according to a pre-determined action plan. Conclusions: Regulatory authorities and social stakeholders in Cyprus, Greece and Israel are characterized by good knowledge of DDS and associated health effects, although implementation of pre-determined action plans for public protection is limited. Future efforts should concentrate on increasing awareness among stakeholders and the public and developing national policies, including effective measures to minimize DDS exposure.

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The MEDEA childhood asthma study design for mitigation of desert dust health effects: implementation of novel methods for assessment of air pollution exposure and lessons learned

Abstract

Background: Desert dust events in Mediterranean countries, originating mostly from the Sahara and Arabian deserts, have been linked to climate change and are associated with significant increase in mortality and hospital admissions from respiratory causes. The MEDEA clinical intervention study in children with asthma is funded by EU LIFE+ program to evaluate the efficacy of recommendations aiming to reduce exposure to desert dust and related health effects. Methods: This paper describes the design, methods, and challenges of the MEDEA childhood asthma study, which is performed in two highly exposed regions of the Eastern Mediterranean: Cyprus and Greece-Crete. Eligible children are recruited using screening surveys performed at primary schools and are randomized to three parallel intervention groups: a) no intervention for desert dust events, b) interventions for outdoor exposure reduction, and c) interventions for both outdoor and indoor exposure reduction. At baseline visits, participants are enrolled on MEDena® Health-Hub, which communicates, alerts and provides exposure reduction recommendations in anticipation of desert dust events. MEDEA employs novel environmental epidemiology and telemedicine methods including wearable GPS, actigraphy, health parameters sensors as well as indoor and outdoor air pollution samplers to assess study participants’ compliance to recommendations, air pollutant exposures in homes and schools, and disease related clinical outcomes. Discussion: The MEDEA study evaluates, for the first time, interventions aiming to reduce desert dust exposure and implement novel telemedicine methods in assessing clinical outcomes and personal compliance to recommendations. In Cyprus and Crete, during the first study period (February–May 2019), a total of 91 children participated in the trial while for the second study period (February–May 2020), another 120 children completed data collection. Recruitment for the third study period (February–May 2021) is underway. In this paper, we also present the unique challenges faced during the implementation of novel methodologies to reduce air pollution exposure in children. Engagement of families of asthmatic children, schools and local communities, is critical. Successful study completion will provide the knowledge for informed decision-making both at national and international level for mitigating the health effects of desert dust events in South-Eastern Europe.

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LIFE MEDEA press media

We would like to thank ΡΙΚ channel for the media coverage of the event “Protect our health from the impacts of the Desert Dust Storms” that was organised, October 22 2020 by the National contact point of the LIFE in Cyprus and the
Cyclamen Project team from the Department of Environment. 
LIFE+ MEDEA ultimate goal is to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of an adaptation strategy for mitigation of health effects of Desert Dust Storm(DDS) events through exposure reduction in Cyprus and other DDS-exposed South Europe regions.
LIFE+ MEDEA aims to provide evidence for the feasibility of applying models for early forecasting of DDS events and timely notification of the public, targeting susceptible individuals.
LIFE+ MEDEA is envisioned Cyprus to serve as a model country to response to the DDS phenomenon.
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A closer look at the role of the Cyprus low on dust events in the Negev desert

Abstract

The Negev Desert in Israel is susceptible to frequent atmospheric events of high dust loading which have been linked with negative human health outcomes, including cardiovascular and respiratory distress. Previous research suggests that the highest levels of dust over the region occur during an atmospheric pattern with a cyclone situated over the eastern Mediterranean. This Cyprus Low can bring unsettled weather and strong westerly winds over the Negev. However, while the overall pattern associated with dust events in the Negev Desert is generally well-understood, it remains unclear why days with seemingly similar weather patterns result in different levels of atmospheric dust. Thus, the goal of this study is to better differentiate the atmospheric patterns during dust events over the Negev. Using PM10 data collected in Be’er Sheva, Israel, from 2000 to 2015 in concert with 72-h HYSPLIT back trajectories at three different height levels (surface, 200 m, 500 m), we examine the source region, trajectory groups using a K-Means clustering procedure, and overall synoptic pattern during dust events. Further, we use sea-level pressure data across the region to determine how cyclone strength and location impact dust events in Be’er Sheva. We find that the highest levels of atmospheric dust in the Negev are associated with the Cyprus Low pattern, and air traversing Libya seems to play an especially important role, likely due to the country’s arid surface cover. Cyclone strength is also a critical factor, as lower sea-level pressure results in more severe dust events. A better understanding of the atmospheric features associated with dust events over the Negev Desert will hopefully aid in forecasting these occurrences across the region.

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From Tropospheric Folding to Khamsin and Foehn Winds: How Atmospheric Dynamics Advanced a Record-Breaking Dust Episode in Crete

Abstract

A record-breaking dust episode took place in Crete on 22 March 2018. The event was characterized by surface concentrations exceeding 1 mg m−3 for a period of 4–7 h, reaching record values higher than 6 mg m−3 at the background station of Finokalia. We present here a detailed analysis of the atmospheric dynamical processes during this period, to identify the main reasons for such extreme dust advection over Crete. At the synoptic scale, the weakening of the polar vortex and the meridional transport of polar air masses at upper tropospheric layers resulted in a strong jet streak over north Africa and Central Mediterranean and corresponding tropospheric folding that brought cold stratospheric air in mid and upper troposphere. Cyclogenesis occurred at the Gulf of Sirte in Libya, resulting in strong winds over the north-east parts of Libya, enhancing particle emissions. The dust plume traveled at low altitude (0.5–3 km) along the warm conveyor belt preceding the depression cold front. This type of dusty southerly wind is commonly known as “Khamsin”. As the flow approached Crete, Foehn winds at the lee side of the island favored the downward mixing of dust towards the surface, resulting in local maxima of PM10 in Heraklion and Finokalia. The analysis is based on the combination of high-resolution WRF-Chem simulations reaching up to 1 × 1 km grid space over Crete, ground-based and satellite remote sensing of the dust plumes (PollyXT LiDAR, MSG-SEVIRI, MODIS) and detailed surface aerosol in situ measurements at urban (Heraklion, Chania, Greece) and background (Finokalia) stations in Crete.

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Συνέντευξη του Καθηγητή Παιδιατρικής Δρ. Μ Γαλανάκη στην εκπομπή Ενημέρωση του Creta24

O Καθηγητής Παιδιατρικής του Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης Δρ. Μ Γαλανάκης έδωσε σύντομη συνέντευξη στην εκπομπή Ενημέρωση του Creta24 , σχετικά με το διαδικτυακό σεμινάριο που πραγματοποιήθηκε την Τετάρτη 17 Ιουνίου 2020 με θέμα την Κλιματική Αλλαγή και την Υγειά και πως συσχετίζεται η Σκόνη με την Πανδημία.
Το webinar πραγματοποιήθηκε στα πλαίσια του Ευρωπαϊκού προγράμματος LIFE+ MEDEA
Το απόσπασμα της εκπομπής με την συνέντευξη θα τπ βρείτε έδω

Spatio-temporal variability of desert dust storms in Eastern Mediterranean (Crete, Cyprus, Israel) between 2006 and 2017 using a uniform methodology

Abstract

The characteristics of desert dust storms (DDS) have been shown to change in response to climate change and land use. There is limited information on the frequency and intensity of DDS over the last decade at a regional scale in the Eastern Mediterranean. An algorithm based on daily ground measurements (PM10, particulate matter ≤10 μm), satellite products (dust aerosol optical depth) and meteorological parameters, was used to identify dust intrusions for three Eastern Mediterranean locations (Crete-Greece, Cyprus, and Israel) between 2006 and 2017. Days with 24-hr average PM10 concentration above ~30 μg/m3 were found to be a significant indicator of DDS for the background sites of Cyprus and Crete. Higher thresholds were found for Israel depending on the season (fall and spring: PM10 > 70 μg/m3, winter and summer: PM10 > 90 μg/m3).

We observed a high variability in the frequency and intensity of DDS during the last decade, characterized by a steady trend with sporadic peaks. The years with the highest DDS frequency were not necessarily the years with the most intense episodes. Specifically, the highest dust frequency was observed in 2010 at all three locations, but the highest annual median dust-PM10 level was observed in 2012 in Crete (55.8 μg/m3) and Israel (137.4 μg/m3), and in 2010 in Cyprus (45.3 μg/m3). Crete and Cyprus experienced the same most intense event in 2006, with 24 h-PM10 average of 705.7 μg/m3 and 1254.6 μg/m3, respectively, which originated from Sahara desert. The highest 24 h-PM10 average concentration for Israel was observed in 2010 (3210.9 μg/m3) during a three-day Saharan dust episode. However, a sub-analysis for Cyprus (years 2000–2017) suggests a change in DDS seasonality pattern, intensity, and desert of origin. For more robust conclusions on DDS trends in relation to climate change, future work needs to study data over several decades from different locations.

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Desert Dust Storm and their Health Effects

Within the framework of LIFE+ MEDEA an informative workshop on the Desert Dust Storms(DDS) and their health effects took place at17th of December under the auspices of Minister of Health.
MEDEA group presented their work on DDS forecasting, air quality measurements,related health effects,social aspects of DDS and the progress of LIFE+ MEDEA project
 

Third Annual Monitoring Visit

After a couple of days of intensive training, fruitful discussions and troubleshooting, the LIFE MEDEA multidisciplinary team is ready to enter the 3rd project year which is critical for the project's successful implementation. Panel studies involving asthmatic children are underway in Cyprus (Nicosia and Limassol) and Crete (Heraklion) while panel studies involving Atrial Fibrillation patients are under way in Cyprus (Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaka, Troodos) Crete (Heraklion, Chania) and Israel (Beer Sheva).

Participation of LIFE MEDEA at the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress

The preliminary results from the first year of the LIFE+ MEDEA Asthma intervention study were presented today at the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress, the most significant conference in the respiratory field.

Καταιγίδες Σκόνης Ερήμου: Άρθρο στην εφημερίδα Ο Φιλελεύθερος

Η εφημερίδα Φιλελεύθερος φιλοξένησε πρόσφατα άρθρο με τίτλο «Καταιγίδες Σκόνης Ερήμου και προστασία της υγείας ευάλωτων υποομάδων από τις επιπτώσεις της» της μεταδιδακτορικής συνεργάτιδας του ΤΕΠΑΚ για το LIFE MEDEA Δρ Souzana Achilleos.
Στο άρθρο γίνεται αναφορά για το τι είναι Καταιγίδες Σκόνης Ερήμου(ΚΣΕ), πως προκαλούνται, τα χαρακτηριστικά των ΚΣΕ όπως για παράδειγμα τη συχνότητα, την ένταση, την εποχικότητα, το ύψος σκόνης στην ατμόσφαιρα που έφτασαν στην Κύπρο, για τα έτη μεταξύ 2007-2016.

Επίσης παρουσιάζεται ο ρόλος του ΤΕΠΑΚ στο LIFE+ MEDEA καθώς και η ομάδα του Cyprus University of Technology / Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, η οποία αποτελείται από ακαδημαϊκούς και ερευνητές από το Διεθνές Ινστιτούτο Κύπρου για την Περιβαλλοντική και Δημόσια Υγεία και το Τμήμα Νοσηλευτικής, με επιστημονικούς υπεύθυνους τους Δρα Νίκο Μίτλεττον και Δρα Στεφανία Παπαθεοδώρου.

Ευχαριστούμε την εφημερίδα Phileleftheros (Ό Φιλελεύθερος) για την φιλοξενία.

O Δρ Παναγιώτης Γιάλλουρος στην πρωινή εκπομπή του ΡΙΚ «Πρωινή Ενημέρωση»

Απόσπασμα από την πρόσφατη συμμετοχή του Δρ Παναγιώτη Γιάλλουρου Καθηγητή Παιδιατρικής της Ιατρικής Σχολής του Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου στην πρωινή εκπομπή του ΡΙΚ «Πρωινή Ενημέρωση» την Δευτέρα 03 Ιουνίου 2019 όπου μίλησε για τις «Καταιγίδες Σκόνης Ερήμου και την προστασία Ευάλωτων υποομάδων πληθυσμού στο Σχολικό Περιβάλλον»

Δείτε το απόσπασμα της εκπομπής εδώ

2η ημερίδα Καταιγίδες Σκόνης Ερήμου και Προστασία Ευάλωτων Υποομάδων στο σχολικό περιβάλλον στο ΤΕΠΑΚ

Η 2η ημερίδα με τίτλο «Καταιγίδες Σκόνης Ερήμου και Προστασία Ευάλωτων Υποομάδων στο σχολικό περιβάλλον» πραγματοποιήθηκε σήμερα Δευτέρα 03 Ιουνίου στο αμφιθέατρο Πευκιος Γεωργιάδης στο Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου στη Λεμεσό.
Η ημερίδα είχε σαν σκοπό την ενημέρωση των επισκεπτών υγείας και των σχολικών γιατρών για τις καταιγίδες σκόνης ερήμου και τις επιπτώσεις στην ανθρώπινη υγεία καθώς και να αποτελέσει διεπαφή για ανάπτυξη διαλόγου και ανταλλαγής απόψεων με απώτερο στόχο τη βελτίωση των υφιστάμενων πρακτικών και την ανάπτυξη εθνικής πολιτικής και στρατηγικής για την προστασία των ευάλωτων ομάδων πληθυσμού από τα επεισόδια καταιγίδων σκόνης της ερήμου.
Ο αναπληρωτής καθηγητής Δρ Νίκος Μίτλεττον (ΤΕΠΑΚ) παρουσίασε βιβλιογραφική ανασκόπηση για τις επιπτώσεις των καταιγίδων σκόνης στην ανθρώπινη υγεία. Η Δρ Σουζάνα Αχιλλέως (ΤΕΠΑΚ) αναφέρθηκε στη συχνότητα, ένταση και χαρακτηριστικά καταιγίδων σκόνης της ερήμου στην Κύπρο. Ο Δρ Παναγιώτης Κουής (Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου) ανέπτυξε τους στόχους και το σχεδιασμό του προγράμματος LIFE+ MEDEA, η κα Νατάσα Χριστοφή (Υπηρεσία Επισκεπτριών Υγείας, Υπουργείο Υγείας) μίλησε για τη διαχείριση των προβλημάτων υγείας των παιδιών στα σχολεία και τέλος η κα Εύη Κιννή (Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου) παρουσίασε μελέτη που επικεντρωνόταν στην υπάρχουσα γνώση και τις ισχύουσες πρακτικές των αρμόδιων φορέων και κοινωνικών εταίρων σε Κύπρο, Ελλάδα και Ισραήλ σχετικά με επεισόδια καταιγίδων σκόνης της ερήμου.

Open Day Fair on Empowering your environmental action with EU funding

Open Day Fair on „ Empowering your environmental action with EU funding“, Sunday June 2nd 2019, Mall of Cyprus Nicosia Raising public awareness for Desert dust storms events and its effects on human health.

ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΟΝΙΚΗ ΗΜΕΡΙΔΑ ΚΑΤΑΙΓΙΔΕΣ ΣΚΟΝΗΣ ΕΡΗΜΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΟΣΤΑΣΙΑ ΕΥΑΛΩΤΩΝ ΥΠΟΟΜΑΔΩΝ ΣΤΟ ΣΧΟΛΙΚΟ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝ

Το Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, η Διεύθυνση Νοσηλευτικών Υπηρεσιών του Υπουργείου Υγείας και το Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου διοργανώνουν σειρά επιστημονικών ημερίδών με τίτλο «Καταιγίδες Σκόνης Ερήμου και Προστασία Ευάλωτων Υποομάδων στο σχολικό περιβάλλον» που απευθύνονται σε επαγγελματίες υγείας της Σχολιατρικής Υπηρεσίας.

 

 

MEDEA project on LIFE & Cities, Greek LIFE Task Force

Associate Professor Eleni Dimitriou from Medical School,Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης participated at the Info Day organised by Greek LIFE Task Force on "LIFE & Cities", in Athens on Thursday April 11th.
She provided a brief presentation of LIFE+ MEDEA objectives, the project’s ongoing progress and MEDEA key milestones.
LIFE+ MEDEA goal is to demonstrate, for the first time, how a public health intervention program can integrate state-of-the-art technologies and citizen participation to reduce personal exposure to air pollutants during desert dust storm events.

LIFE MEDEA project on Climatico 2019

Our environmental exposure expert, Dr. Souzana Achilleos from Cyprus University of Technology / Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, gave a talk at #Climatico2019 Conference on Thursday, April 11th on the Desert Dust Storm phenomenon and its relation to climate change.
During her presentation she explained how LIFE+ MEDEA project will demonstrate a field-based evidence for the adoption of a strategic plan for mitigating the health effects of desert dust storm events in South-Eastern Europe.

Preparatory Actions :Training on the collection of air pollution data using Harvard impactors

As part of the preparatory actions of LIFE+ MEDEA Dr. Souzana Achilleos from Cyprus University of Technology / Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου has visited the Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel to complete the training on the collection of air pollution data using Harvard impactors

The 2nd LIFE+ MEDEA Annual Meeting and Colloquium on Recent trends of Desert Dust Storms (DDS) events in Eastern Mediterranean.

The 2nd LIFE+ MEDEA Annual meeting was held on 29th and 30th November 2018 in Heraklion, Crete at Medical School, University of Crete with success and the participation of distinguished scientists and researchers. During the meeting participants had the opportunity to be updated regarding the progress of the MEDEA project and learn about recent findings regarding desert dust storm events.

Public fair event Children Playing and LEARNING

Members of LIFE MEDEA research team participated in the public fair event titled ¨Children Playing and ... LEARNING¨ organized by the Lymbia Kindergarten Parents’ Association on Saturday, June 2nd . The event took place at the Lymbia Municipality's Cultural Center. During this event, a large number of local children and their families had the opportunity to learn more about the effects of desert dust storms on human health.

Climate Change 2018 International Conference:Climate change adaptation in Eastern Mediterranean: Desert Dust Storms and the EU LIFE project MEDEA

Within the framework of the International Conference “Climate Change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Challenges and Solutions” organised by the Cyprus Institute on the 18th and 19th of May 2018, Dr. Souzana Achilleos from the LIFE MEDEA research team presented the work "Climate change adaptation in the Eastern Mediterranean: Desert Dust Storms and the EU LIFE project MEDEA".
On behalf of MEDEA project, other members of the research team from the University of Cyprus, CUT, the Cyprus Meteorology Department, the University of Crete and the Department of Labour Inspection of Cyprus also took part in the conference.

Desert Dust Storm event in Crete_March 2018

Characteristic photos from the recent dust storm in Heraklion, Crete. University of Crete is part of the consortium of LIFE MEDEA which aims to develop a state of the art early warning system for desert dust storm episodes in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

First visit of the MEDEA Project to Primary Schools in Cyprus

Within the framework of the MEDEA research project and the collaboration of Medical School of the University of Cyprus with the 1st Lakatamia Primary School, the school will host a set of oral presentations given by staff and students of the Medical School to the schoolchildren and their...

Μeeting with the Environment Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, Ms Ioanna Panayiotou with members of the LIFE MEDEA research group

During a fruitful meeting with the Environment Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, Ms Ioanna Panayiotou, members of the LIFE MEDEA research group had the opportunity to present the objectives of the project which aims to protect the health of susceptible groups and the general public from desert dust storm episodes.
The commissioner has agreed to participate in the LIFE MEDEA advisory committee. The advisory committee will monitor and consult the researchers during the project and will support the transformation of project conclusions to best practices and policies by the relevant stakeholders and regulatory authorities in Cyprus and Europe.

Kick-off Event LIFE+ MEDEA Project

The Kick-off event of LIFE+MEDEA project("Mitigating the Health Effects of Desert Dust Storms Using Exposure-Reduction Approaches") was successfully held in Nicosia at Medical School, University of Cyprus with the participation of distinguished scientists and researchers...

Media Press LIFE+ MEDEA Kick off Event

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Presentation of LIFE+ MEDEA project at the 14th Annual Scientific Event of the National Committee on Environment and Children's Health

During the recent annual meeting of the National Committee on Environment and Children's Health, MEDEA project coordinator, Dr Panayiotis Yiallouros, presented the project’s objectives and outline. The meeting was attended by a large number of scientists and social stakeholders from different fields...