Work packages


The Aphekom project is organised into WPs (work packages) designed to meet the information needs of its audiences. Their separate but related tasks are grouped as follows:

Health Impacts and Policy: Novel Approaches (WP4)

Coordinated by Nino Künzli, Centre for Research in Environ mental Health, CREAL, Barcelona, Spain, and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland

  • Estimate how many people live next to traffic pollution in different European cities  

  • Evaluate how many cases of chronic and acute cardio-pulmonary disease could be prevented among Europeans if fewer people were living near traffic pollution, and determine which factors would contribute to maximizing these benefits

  • Evaluate how recent findings on the health effects of air pollution allow us to express these benefits in a manner more relevant for policy makers and the general public

  • Apply these findings to case studies to understand how they vary across different cities in Europe


  • Quantify monetary costs of health impacts

An interview with Nino Künzli




 Health Impacts and Monetary Costs of Air Pollution: Using the Latest Scientific Evidence (WP5)

Coordinated by Christophe Declercq, French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, InVS, Saint Maurice, France

  • Perform standardised health-impact assessments of urban air pollution using
    latest scientific evidence (exposure-response functions)

  • Deliver new guidelines for defining study areas applicable to the varied topographic, climatic and air-pollution situations across Europe

  • Analyse the sensitivity of HIA results to particle correction factors and to differences
    in health-care and health-information systems across Europe

  • Develop methods and guidelines and identify data needs for evaluating monetary costs of health impacts of air pollution

An interview with Christophe Declercq




 Health Impacts of Implemented Policies in Air Pollution (WP6)

Coordinated by Patrick Goodman, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland

  • Develop innovative methods to analyse the decrease in air pollution levels following implementation of a European regulation

  • Follow the evolution of health risks over time

  • Track related effect modifiers

  • Quantify monetary costs of health impacts of the implemented regulation

An interview with Pat Goodman




 Sharing Knowledge and Uncertainties with Stakeholders (WP7)

Coordinated by Yorghos Remvikos, Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines University, Versailles, France

  • Identify and prioritise uncertainties in the assessment of health impacts of air pollution. Determine how these uncertainties interfere with the many steps in the decision-making process

  • Investigate with stakeholders ways to promote on-going dialogue between producers and users of the information provided

An interview with Yorghos Remvikos




 Communication and Dissemination (WP2)

Coordinated by Hanns Moshammer, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

  • Communicate focused information to all those who need to know using diverse local and European media, organisations and events

An interview with Hanns Moshammer




 Evaluation (WP3)

Coordinated by Manuel Nebot, Agencia de Salut Publica de Barcelona, ASPB, Spain

  • Conduct ongoing, internal evaluation of the project to ensure it achieves its objectives and has the desired impact on its target groups


An interview with Manel Nebot




 Coordination (WP1)

Coordinated by Sylvia Medina, InVS, the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, Saint-Maurice, France, and Bertil Forsberg, UMU, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

  • InVS and UMU , two European institutions that have proven their ability to manage large, international projects over the years, coordinate the Aphekom project.

  • The Aphekom management team includes professionals experienced in scientific and administrative issues, advised by a steering committee whose members are drawn from each WP team. An external scientific committee advises on the project’s different areas.

An interview with Sylvia Medina, Bertil Forsberg and Aymeric Ung




 Aphekom centres

  • The Aphekom project comprises experienced participating institutions from 25 cities in 12  EU member states that have already demonstrated their skills in previous projects.

  • This firmly established, multi-disciplinary network of professionals will provide a wide range of exposure, health and social characteristics for the Aphekom case studies.

An interview with Klea Katsouyanni, Athens centre



An interview with Anna Paldy, Budapest centre