Towards the generation of synthetic ambient aerosols for instrument calibration and health studies (EMPIR AEROMET & EMPIR AeroTox) 06/02/2020 Konstantina Vasilatou of project partner METAS recently gave a dual EMPIR project presentation at the TC-Metrology in Chemistry (TC-MC) Annual Meeting, 5 February 2020 at METAS, Bern, Switzerland. As well as the AeroTox project, “Towards the generation of synthetic ambient aerosols for instrument calibration and health studies (EMPIR AEROMET & EMPIR AeroTox)” also illustrated work under the AEROMET project. The overall aim of the AEROMET project is to develop and demonstrate methods for traceability and calibration of different aerosol instruments capable of covering the environmentally relevant size range from several nm up to 10 μm and the regulatory relevant mass concentrations (0.1 μg/m³ to 1000 μg/m³) and number concentrations (102 to 106 particles per cm³). The traceability and calibration will consider the above metrics as well as mass concentration and chemistry of particle components. The project also aims to provide the necessary EU wide calibration infrastructure for aerosol instruments. The Technical Committee of Metrology in Chemistry (TC-MC) is a Joint EURAMET-Eurachem Technical Committee. It is concerned with primary methods and reference materials for chemical measurements and research in metrology to support different sectors in chemistry. A Successful M9 Meeting for AeroTox 31/01/2020 Clockwise from left: Konstantina Vasilatou, METAS; Mike Shaw, NPL (explaining video imaging of lung scaffolds); and Alejandro Keller, FHNW with Ian Mudway of KCL. A successful M9 meeting for the AeroTox project was held at King’s College London this month. The meeting also included a presentation followed by a Q&A with members of the AeroTox Stakeholder Committee. Project partners came together to illustrate the work they have progressed to M9 and the work taking the project forward to M18. Highlights included Konstantina Vasilatou of project partner METAS illustrating the work achieved so far under WP1 and Alejandro Keller of FHNW took us through the Micro Smog Chamber and noted an example study with α-Pinene. The lights were dimmed for the presentation from Mike Shaw of NPL as he provided video imaging of work progressed so far on lung scaffolds under WP3. AeroTox at Drug Discovery 2019 11/11/2019 James Noble of project partner NPL recently provided a presentation and a poster presentation at Drug Discovery 2019 which took place from 5-6 November in Liverpool, England. James’s presentation, Morphometric imaging of organoids for toxicology and assessment of therapeutic efficacy reached an audience of 120 delegates, whilst the poster edition of the presentation could be seen by over a thousand delegates. You can download the poster from the link above or visit our Documents page. Drug Discovery has become the largest meeting of life sciences industry professionals in the UK. This 2-day event brought together more than 1200 delegates and over 100 exhibiting companies from around the world who highlight the latest ground-breaking research, discuss cutting-edge advances in the application of laboratory technology to understand disease biology and to identify novel chemical and biological candidate drugs. AeroTox at the ELRIG Discovery Technologies 2019 conference 27/09/2019 Mike Shaw of project partner NPL gave an invited presentation at the ELRIG Discovery Technologies 2019 conference, 26 September at Alderley Park in the UK. Mike’s presentation Techniques for multiscale fluorescence imaging of 3D in vitro models included an acknowledgement of EMPIR and the AeroTox project. The ELRIG Discovery Technologies 2019 conference focused on novel and emerging technologies that are improving the efficiency and success rates in the drug discovery process. The three main themes of the conference were the application of imaging techniques in drug discovery and approaches and technologies used to address early safety assessment within the pharmaceutical industry and mechanistic enzymology in drug discovery. AeroTox at the European Aerosol Conference 2019 01/09/2019 Zaira Leni of project partner the University of Bern recently presented on the project at the European Aerosol Conference 2019 (https://eac2019.se/), held in Gothenburg, Sweden. Zaira presented on The role of fresh and aged soot particles in respiratory health impairment. The EAC conferences offer an exciting discussion forum for scientists from around the world working with basic aerosol research, development of aerosol techniques or applying one of its several techniques in a rich variety of scientific topics. The topics include nanotechnology, combustion aerosols, chemistry and physics of aerosols, medicine (inhalation, exposure and health), instrumentation, as well as indoor and ambient aerosols. The EAC2019 presented an opportunity to learn more about the latest in theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of aerosol science. AeroTox at the National Observatory of Athens 20/08/2019 Konstantina Vasilatou of project partner METAS presented recent advances of the AeroTox project at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Greece on the 19 August. NOA is coordinating the H2020 project SMURBS. Researchers from NOA and the National Technical University of Athens will be visiting METAS this November to learn more about the generation of reference carbonaceous aerosols in the laboratory. AeroTox at Métrologie des Suies Workshop July 2019 Konstantina Vasilatou, of project partner METAS recently provided an oral presentation at the “Métrologie des suies” (Metrology of soot particles) workshop which took place at the institute INSTN in Saclay, Paris. Konstantina’s presentation, Generation and characterisation of model soot aerosols for instrument calibration and health effect studies was put together with Michaela Ess (METAS), Alejandro Keller (FHNW), Michele Bertò (Paul Scherrer Institut) and Martin Gysel-Beer (Paul Scherrer Institut). The INSTN, Institut national des sciences et techniques nucléaires (National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology) is a public higher education institution administered by the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission) under the joint authority of the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs. A Successful Kick Off Meeting for AeroTox June 2019 A successful Kick Off meeting for the AeroTox project was held at the at the ETH Zurich (Main Building), Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland on the 20th – 21st June 2019. A meeting and discussion with the Stakeholders of the project also took place on the afternoon of the 20th. AeroTox at the ETH Conference on combustion-generated nanoparticles June 2019 Alejandro exhibiting the NACIVT (Nano Aerosol Chamber for In Vitro Toxicity) chamber at the ETH Conference Konstantina Vasilatou, Alejandro Keller and Zaira Leni recently presented on the project at the ETH Conference on combustion-generated nanoparticles, at ETH Zurich, 17th – 20th June 2019. Konstantina of project partner METAS (Swiss Federal Office of Metrology) gave a poster presentation “AeroToX: Measurements for mitigating adverse health effects from airborne particulate pollutants” Alejandro of project partner FHNW (The University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland) gave a poster presentation “The Synthetic Carbonaceous Atmospheric Aerosol (SCAA) generator: Towards the creation of an atmospheric aerosol standard”. Alejandro exhibited the NACIVT (Nano Aerosol Chamber for In Vitro Toxicity) chamber at the ETH Conference also. Zaira Leni of project partner Universität Bern provided an oral presentation “The Role of Laboratory-generated Soot Particles in Respiratory Health Impairment”. The ETH Conference on Combustion-Generated Nanoparticles serves as an interdisciplinary platform for expert discussions on all aspects of nanoparticles, freshly emitted from various sources, aged in ambient air, technical mitigation aspects, impact of particles on health, environment and climate and particle legislation. The conference brings together representatives from research, industry and legislation. You can find copies of the posters here and also over on our Documents page. AeroTox at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment June 2019 Konstantina Vasilatou of project partner METAS recently gave an oral presentation “EMPIR AeroTox: an overview” to the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) on the 13th June, 2019. FOEN is the Swiss environmental agency and is responsible for matters of the environment, including the protection of plants and animals and the protection against noise, air pollution or natural hazards.