Conference 2017

Air Quality and Climate Brussels, Belgium May 10 and 11, 2017 

Ultrafine particles (UFP), the nano fraction of airborne particulate matter, are considered to be causing serious health problems and environmental effects. Combustion is a major source, also by producing volatile organic pol- lutants which are converted in the atmosphere through photochemical  reactions. Increasing applications of man-made nanomaterials add to the problem, e.g. after incineration at the end of their lifetime. A further interest in UFP’s results from their specific role in atmospheric processes such as cloud formation and precipitation and, in fact, in climate.

The relation between UFP and human health and that of UFP and climate are both areas of active research and cross-links between these fields are found nowadays.
The subtitle of the conference series: “air quality and climate” reflects this development




 Present policies to decrease exposure to particulate mat- ter make use of the mass-based metrics PM10/PM2.5, which do not properly represent all risks for human health. EFCA is, therefore, in favour of the development of a fraction-by-fraction approach on particulate matter, both with respect to size and chemical composition. It already recommended European policymakers the int- roduction of Black Carbon Particles as additional metric in the Air Quality Directive. The organizers trust that EFCA’s 6th Ultrafine Particles Symposium 2017 will again feature the most recent scientific progress in the field and so contribute to policy-relevant developments which improve the dialogue with policymakers in Europe. The Symposium has gained visibility by permanently moving to Brussels and attracts an effective mix of EU represen- tatives and scientists. EFCA and KIT, together with GUS and CEEES are pleased to organize this event again. We cordially invite all experts to contribute actively and hope to see you again at the State representation of Baden- Württemberg in Brussels in May 2017.

Thomas Leisner | Chairman

Call for Papers

Conference topics in ultrafine particles research and abatement strategies include:

  • Sources: Emissions, inventories, nucleation, and growth of ambient ultrafine particles
  • Characterization: Particle size, volume, shape, particle size distribution, chemical composition, oxidative capacity
  • Air quality: Measurement and methods; modelling atmospheric transformation of particles; monitoring approaches and data; equipment
  • Climate effects: Role of ultrafine particles in cloud formation and stimulating climate effects;
  • regional aspects
  • Epidemiology: Epidemiological and human clinical studies with size differentiation of small particles
  • Health effects and mechanisms: In vivo and in vitro toxicity, transport in the body; relevant research techniques
  • Abatement strategies and policies: Policy studies on UFP; cost-effective mitigation of PM;
  • Decision finding: Public hearings, citizen tables

Submission of Abstracts

Please send abstracts (max. 300 words) to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Klara Langer:

not later than January 31th, 2017.

The abstract should be a pdf-file. Authors will be informed about the acceptance of the paper by February 15th, 2017.


Keynote speakers


  • Ken Carslaw, School of Earth and Environment, Leeds, UK - Ultrafine particles and climate
  • Mark R. Miller, University of Edinburgh, UK The cardiovascular effects of ultrafine particles in vehicle exhaust
  • Ian Mudway, King´s College, London, UK Air pollution and cognitive decline
  • Laurence Rouil, INERIS, France, Environmental modelling and decision making
  • Ralf Zimmermann, HMGU Munich, Germany Composition and health effects of aerosol particles from different combustion sources
  • André Zuber, European Commission