• Nine 3-months summary reviews corresponding to the activities from 01/10/2014 to 31/12/2016 have been elaborated, indicating the main tasks initiated or accomplished at each action. All activities were launched on time and the project is progressing according to the proposed timetable.

Summary review_ January 2015

Summary review_ April 2015

Summary review_ July 2015

Summary review_ October 2015

Summary review_ January 2016

Summary review_April 2016

Summary review_July 2016

Summary review October 2016

Summary review January 2017

  • An external committee has been nominated to evaluate the progress of the IMPROVE LIFE project after 2 years. The international committee is formed by:
    • Dr. Giorgio Buonanno is an Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering in the University of Cassino, Italy, and has held invited academic positions at universities in the USA, Australia, Kazakhstan and Zambia. He has wide expertise in the measurement of airborne particles emitted from industrial plants (especially waste incinerators), urban areas, and indoor environments. Many of his most recent publications are focused on the emission of, and personal exposure to, ultrafine particles and their respiratory effects on children.
    • Dr. Caroline Duchaine is a Professor and Health Funds Senior Scholar at Université Laval and the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute. Her main expertise is in the characterization of bioaerosols and respiratory viruses and the effects of their exposure to humans, and she has over 350 publications. She has acted as expert witness for the Quebec Government in several bioaerosol court trials after tragedies related to mould problems in homes, was invited by the NASA to the Workshop on life detection in extraterrestrial samples, and has received several awards for her work.
    • Dr. Alberto Giretti works at the Department of Engineering and Architecture of Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy. He has been the scientific co-ordinator and leader of several projects in various recent European Framework programmes, and has co-founded spin-off companies based on the applications of his research. His research interests include advanced modelling for energy efficient buildings, Health and Safety in Automated Construction site, and Knowledge Based Systems for Design and Education support in Architecture and Building Construction.
    • Prof. Frank Kelly holds the chair in Environmental Health at King’s College London, is Director of the Environmental Research Group operating the London Air Quality Network, and is Chairman of the UK Department of Health’s Expert Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution. His substantial research activity spans all aspects of air pollution research from toxicology to science policy, including the impact of London’s Congestion Charging and Low Emission Zone, and the effect of urban air pollution and traffic management schemes on the respiratory health of schoolchildren.
    • Prof. Lidia Morawska is the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health in Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and co-director of the Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management. She is a physicist by training who received her doctorate in Poland and continued her research in Canada as a Fellow of the International Atomic Agency before moving to Australia. With over 450 publications she is an expert on airborne particulate matter, a past President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, and is advisor to the WHO.