This action includes a variety of dissemination activities:
The preparation of articles for local, national and international press every year of the project.
Measuring campaigns regarding air quality in Barcelona´s metro environment have been widely announced in the local and national media (links to all these news are in the web page of the project http://improve-life.eu/categoria/news/), including:
- TMB analyses the quality of the air we breathe in the metro. BTV.CAT, 10/02/2015.
- CSIC will measure the quality of the air we breathe in the Barcelona metro. EFEVERDE, RADIOINTERECONOMIA.COM, 10/02/2015.
- CSIC will measure the quality of the air breathed by metro travellers. EL PERIÓDICO DE CATALUNYA, ELCONFIDENCIAL.COM, NEGOCIOS.COM, 10/02/2015.
- Barcelona installs equipment to analyse the air quality in the metro. ELECONOMISTA.ES, EUROPA PRESS, GENTE DIGITAL, 10/02/2015.
- IMPROVE, a project to breathe better underground. HORAPUNTA.TMB.CAT, 10/02/2015.
- The project IMPROVE LIFE for analysing and improving air quality in the Barcelona metro has been launched. PRESSPEOPLE.COM, 10/02/2015.
- Barcelona installs equipment to analyse the air quality in the metro. Teinteresa.es, 10/02/2015.
- The project IMPROVE LIFE for analysing and improving air quality in the Barcelona metro has been launched. LOCAMPUSDIARI.COM, 11/02/2015.
- Barcelona installs equipment to analyse the air quality in the metro. NACIÓ DIGITAL, 11/02/2015.
- The project IMPROVE LIFE. VIALIBRE-FFE.COM, 11/02/2015.
- Barcelona installs equipment to analyse the air quality in the metro. CORRESPONSABLES.COM, 12/02/2015.
- Good air in Barcelona metro. OBRASURBANAS.ES, 12/02/2015.
- Barcelona installs equipment to analyse the air quality in the metro. COMPROMISORSE.COM, 13/02/2015.
- IMPROVE LIFE studies the air quality in the Barcelona metro. ECOMOVE.ES and ESMARTCITY.ES, 13/02/2015.
- A 3-page press release on IMPROVE LIFE appeared in the “Eurotransport magazine” issue for May-June 2015. (Volume 13, issue 3, pages 62-64; www.eurotransportmagazine.com).
- Study on bioaerosols in the Barcelona subway:
- CSIC will measure the quality of the air we breathe in the Barcelona metro. ABC, 10/02/2015.
- Barcelona installs equipment to analyse the air quality in the metro. Diario Barcelona, 10/02/2015.
- CSIC will measure the quality of the air breathed by metro travellers. EL DIA, 10/02/2015 & LA VANGUARDIA, 10/02/2015.
- A project to improve the air quality in the metro. EL PUNT AVUI, 11/02/2015 page 34.
- A study detects the pollution in metro stations. LA VANGUARDIA, 11/02/2015 page 5.
- A project will measure the quality of air in the metro. 20 MINUTOS BARCELONA, 11/02/2015 page 2.
- What are we breathing in the metro? EL PERIODICO DE CATALUNYA, 15/02/2015 pages 44-45.
- Holly screen. EL PERIODICO DE CATALUNYA, 15/02/2015 page 45.
- CSIC is analysing the air quality in subway stations to know the origin of contaminants and propose measures to achieve cleaner air. Interview with Teresa Moreno. Cadena Ser Catalunya EL BALCO, 10/02/2015.
- CSIC analyse the air quality of the metro. Interview with Teresa Moreno. COPE, 10/02/2015.
- A group of researchers examine the air we breathe in subway stations. The results of the study will propose changes to reduce pollution. Interview with Teresa Moreno. RAC 1 EL MON A RAC 1 (INFORMATIVO), 11/02/2015.
- CSIC is analysing the air quality of Barcelona´s metro. Interview with Teresa Moreno. Cadena Ser Catalunya HOY POR HOY CATALUNYA, 11/02/2015.
- CSIC and TMB start IMPROVE LIFE project to measure the air quality in the Barcelona´s subway system. Interview with Teresa Moreno. RADIO 4. 10/02/2015.
- Through “IMPROVE”, researchers from CSIC are analysing the degree of contamination that permeates the Barcelona metro. Interview with Teresa Moreno. RADIO NACIONAL ESPAÑA, R1. 18/02/2015.
- The Sagrera station in L5 is being studied for improving air quality in the metro system. Interview with Teresa Moreno (CSIC) and Eladio de Miguel (TMB). BTV NOTICIES MIGDIA, 11/02/2015 and BTV NOTICIES VESPRE, 11/02/2015.
- Barcelona is the base for an environmental European project that will help subway systems worldwide. Interview with Teresa Moreno (CSIC) and Eladio de Miguel (TMB). TV3 TN COMARQUES, 12/02/2015.
- The project was also announced regularly in the internal TV channel of TMB (MouTV), with 20 seconds adverts shown several times per week at monitors both inside trains and on the platforms.
The organisation of an open forum and conferences.
- An Special Experts Session on “Commuter air quality in rail subway systems: current understanding and future mitigation” within the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe 25th Annual Meeting was held the 6th of May 2015 in Barcelona, Spain (http://barcelona.setac.eu/).
The session was chaired by Teresa Moreno (IDAEA, CSIC) and involved a far ranging discussion on the key issues relevant to subway air quality, within the frame of the IMPROVE LIFE project, which aims to assess air quality in the subway facilities and propose measures to achieve cleaner public transportation, thus benefitting both users and employees. The session consisted of five platform presentations and five posters. Firstly Lidia Morawska (Queensland Univ., Brisbane, Australia), an expert in indoor air, outlined her work on infection spread in public transport, highlighting the importance of the proximity of passengers and the duration of each trip. Prof. Morawska sees a gulf of thinking between clinicians, engineers and scientists on this subject, and explained that ventilation is not the only mechanism to control infection spread in any transport systems, including our cars. Caroline Duchaine (Université Laval, Quebec, Canada) emphasized the need the develop surveillance methods of disease transmission in public vehicles, summarizing the results of a joint Laval/CSIC study on bioaerosols found in the Barcelona Metro. Bioaerosols in this unique environment are relatively unknown, and have humans as main sources unlike most situations outdoors. Teresa Moreno (IDAEA-CSIC) outlined the objectives of the IMPROVE LIFE project and stressed the importance of the main variables affecting air quality in the subway. Thus, the air quality of a given subway platform involves a complex interplay of the ventilation system, station depth and design, train speed, frequency, wheel materials and braking mechanisms, and number of passengers being transported. Frank Kelly (King’s College, London) overviewed progress on a currently ongoing study of air quality in the London Underground system, the oldest in the world. In this systems it is clear that air quality largely depends on the number of kilometers underground of each line (45% of the London tube is underground), with PM levels being higher at deeper stations and dropping to ambient outdoor levels within 5 minutes when travelling above ground. Finally Alberto Giretti (Polyt. Univ. Marche, Ancona, Italy) used his engineering expertise to demonstrate the need for intelligent control of subway ventilation systems using sensor networks. Prof. Giretti showed how simulation results can be used to estimate pollutants exposure levels for passengers, and how the dynamic of pollutants in a given station is dependent on both external (meteorological conditions) and internal (piston effect, passenger flow) factors.
Caroline Duchaine, Teresa Moreno, Frank Kelly and Alberto Giretti during the Experts Workshop presentations.
- An Open Access Workshop on air quality in subway systems, was held on the 7th of May 2015 in the CSIC central offices in Barcelona City Centre. The agenda can be seen in the events web page of IMPROVE (http://improve-life.eu/en/event/open-access-experts-workshop-on-air-quality-in-subway-systems/). The meeting was open to researchers, stakeholders, public and private organisations and the public in general.
Presentations by T. Moreno, V. Martins and discussion pannel (right) during the open day on air quality on railway systems
- We are pleased to announce that the 5th Iberian Meeting on Aerosol Science and Technology (RICTA 2017) will take place in Barcelona, from 3 to 6 July 2017, hosted by IDAEA-CSIC and gathering the latest research work and advances in the field of aerosols. On the 3rd of July, a special session on public transport will take place, in the framework of IMPROVE-LIFE project.
The production and distribution of an informative pamphlet describing the project scope and objectives, the expected results and the likely benefits to be derived from their application.
Meeting with stakeholders from other national/international subway systems.
A meeting with stakeholder, Transport for London, was celebrated on the 30th June 2016 when the results and activities of IMPROVE LIFE were presented and discussed. The meeting was attended by Sharon Duffy and Sylvia Quagraine (TfL) and Teresa Moreno (CSIC).