Preparatory meeting for final conference, 4-5 November 2015, Barcelona

Preparatory meeting for final conference, 4-5 November 2015, Barcelona

A preparatory meeting for the final conference, has been organised on 4-5 November 2015 in Barcelona, at CREAL, as part of the “Action D3 Conference spanning the topics of the project”. During the meeting preliminary results and a programme of final dissemination activities was discussed.

New results on exposure assessment were presented for Italy and Spain with an interesting discussion on emissions data accuracy and on the representativeness of the estimates for big cities. ARPAP performed a test of Kriging with External Drift (KED) method for data fusion, including both background and traffic monitoring stations in Northern Italy. Comparison with other studies as ESCAPE were performed, bearing in mind the differences.
Sensitivity analyses were executed and discussed both on individual and ecological approach: they will lead to refine models and finalise statistical protocol. Preliminary results on hospitalisation have been presented too.
The organisation of at least one seminar in each country (see “local event”), of a workshop in Bruxelles and of the final conference in Turin are finally expected. The participation in ISEE 2016 “Old and new risks: challenges for environmental epidemiology” September 1 – 4th 2016 in Rome will ensure the presentation of MED HISS project to national politician and stakeholders, including the Italian Ministry of Environment and Health.
Different target group have been also selected according to the project document.
Interesting dissemination material was presented, including maps and video edited maps. These visual information are a useful tool to disseminate project results, although at this stage caution is needed in their use because only exposure information for Italy and Spain have been checked yet.
The final stage of the project will include the main dissemination events and the production of the main dissemination materials: a Layman’s report has been projected, and a factsheet will be distributed to encourage the scientific community implement MED HISS in other countries.
The meeting has been attended by all partners, someone joined the group in videoconference.

Preparatory meeting, Agenda

Preparatory meeting, Photo Gallery