Closing gaps in understanding the impact of air pollution on health


To fill these gaps, the Aphekom project has provided new information and tools that enable decision makers to set more effective European, national and local policies; health professionals to better advise vulnerable individuals; and all individuals to better protect their health.

Over nearly 3 years, the project has combined the efforts of 60 scientists working in 25 cities in 12 countries across Europe to provide this new information and tools.

Below you can read about the project’s background; learn about its main findings; and read about the final meeting held in March 2011.

Average annual NO2 levels in Paris 2009

Image credit: Airparif 


Background to the Aphekom project

This brochure provides a description of the project, its scope, the needs it meets, how it meets them, who its partners are, and how it has been funded.

Summary report of findings

This report describes key findings of our work over the years 2008-2011.

The findings show that life expectancy and monetary benefits increase significantly when levels of fine particles are reduced further in European cities. They reveal that living near busy roads substantially increases the total burden of disease attributable to air pollution. And they underscore the benefits from regulating pollution near busy roads beyond the achievements of current EU legislation.

Final Stakeholders Meeting

Hosted by the project’s coordinator, Institut de Veille Sanitaire (French Institute for Public Health Surveillance), this meeting brought Aphekom scientists together with policy makers, other scientists and representatives of international organisations and NGOs from across Europe to discuss Aphekom’s findings and a wide range of issues concerning urban air pollution and health in Europe.

Click here to see the agenda of the meeting in English and in French.

Click here to see the press release in EnglishFrench, German, Hungarian, Italian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish

Click here to read the proceedings of the meeting.

Click here to see interviews with Aphekom scientists, the project’s advisory committee and invited panelists, and to see the closing address by Dr. Françoise Weber, Executive Director of InVS.

Questionnaire on your information needs

As part of Aphekom’s ongoing assessment of its users’ needs, we want to determine and analyse how you learn about air pollution, how you perceive its impact on public health, and what kinds of information you need that you’re not getting.
For this purpose, we would greatly appreciate your completing and submitting a brief questionnaire. To begin, please click on the flag for your language. Thank you!

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