Invited Speakers


Plenary Lectures

MONDAY September 7th

Prof. Caroline Leck

Stockholm University

Department of Meteorology

Stockholm - SWEDEN

Title of Lecture

Possible links between marine microorganisms, cloud-albedo and sea ice-melt in the Arctic?

Chairs: Astrid Kiendler-Scharr and Urs Baltensperger

In the Arctic clouds are very important for determining the melting of the sea ice. Marine gels have been proposed to dominate the available cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) population. But does marine gels predominately control the optical properties of the clouds? Could there be other biological controls on the formation of the cloud over the Arctic sea ice, and if so will biological activity and production of CCN increase or decrease with melting of the ice?  To help answering these questions a review of our present knowledge concerning possible links between Arctic marine biology, cloud properties and ice-melt will be given.


TUESDAY September 8th

Prof. Günter Oberdörster

University of Rochester

Department of Environmental Medicine

Rochester, NY, USA

Title of Lecture

Toxicology and Risk Assessment of Airborne Nano-sized Particles

Chairs: Denis Boulaud and Ian Colbeck

A typical 4-modal ambient particle size distribution contains very little mass in the ultrafine particle (UFP) mode, but by number UFP exceed all other modes.  The definition of their size as <100 nm matches that of engineered nanoparticles (NP), and lessons learned from studies with either UFP or NP will both contribute to the understanding of effects and underlying mechanisms of inhaled nano-sized particles. Results of such studies have shown that particle size, size distribution, concentration, composition, diverse particle surface properties (specifically surface reactivity or particle bound ROS), solubility, aggregation/agglomeration, sources, aging can all influence toxicity.  Some of these (e.g., mass, number, surface reactivity) serve as dosemetrics which is useful for comparative hazard ranking of UFP from different sources, or for providing mechanistic information.


WEDNESDAY September 9th

Prof. Laurence Rouil

Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques (INERIS)

Parc technologique Alata

Verneuil-en-Halatte, FRANCE

Title of Lecture

Particulate air pollution in Europe: main drivers and control strategies

Chairs: Sabine Wurzler and Xavier Querol

Particulate matter (PM) is one of the most sensitive air pollution issues in the world and in Europe, because of the evident harmful effects of this pollutant on human health. The presentation aims at giving an overview of PM pollution in Europe nowadays and in the future. What are PM pollutions levels and patterns in European countries, their main drivers and the most efficient control strategies that are or should be implemented? Management options investigated in European and national legislations will be discussed and illustrated with modeling and measurement results. Linkages with global scale patterns and with climate change will be considered as well.


THURSDAY September 10th

Prof. Gerhard Kasper

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - Department of Chemical Engineering

Institute for Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics

Karlsruhe – GERMANY

Title of Lecture

The potential of aerosol technology for structuring and characterizing multi-scale functional material

Chairs: José Castillo and Mansoo Choi

Within a framework of continuous integrated processing of functional nanomaterials, the lecture describes aerosol based chemical, photochemical, thermal and electrical processing steps which are used to structure the building blocks of these materials and to manipulate their physico-chemical surface properties. Interwoven with the discussion on process design are examples of highly sensitive, aerosol based techniques to characterize particle structure as well as the relationship(s) between structure and functionality.


FRIDAY September 11th

Prof. Tunga Salthammer

Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI)

Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry

Braunschweig, GERMANY

Title of Lecture

Characterization of residential indoor aerosols and their sources

Chairs: Joakim Pagels and Vladimir Zdimal

Indoor aerosols are a mix of ambient aerosols that have infiltrated indoors, aerosols emitted indoors and aerosols formed indoors through reactions of precursors emitted both indoors and outdoors. For reasons of energy saving, air exchange rates between the indoor and outdoor environment have considerably decreased over the years. Therefore, indoor related processes such as combustion, cooking, household activities, electrical appliances, biogenic substances, and secondary organic aerosol formation are often the dominant sources of indoor aerosols. Their concentration, size distribution and chemical composition may vary within a wide range, which makes human exposure assessment a sophisticated task.