AWAIR: “Environmental integrated, multilevel knowledge and approaches to counteract critical AIR pollution events, improving vulnerable citizens’ quality of life in Central Europe Functional Urban Areas” (2017-2020)

Study objective:

AWAIR will develop a transnational approach to a transnational problem with a local application 'and answer to the lack of coordination of environmental policies between core urban areas and their surroundings. It will define a common, transnational approach for Mitigation and Adaptation (M&A) actions’ that will be used as framework for each "Funtional Urban Area" (FUA) at local level. Those potential M&A actions can be of different kind, depending on identified characteristics of each FUA, translated into ad hoc action plans. Screening of novel solutions and tools is conducted at wide scientific level and at EU funded projects level. Specific monitoring tools of the effectiveness of actions at each FUA are foreseen. AWAIR also aims at promoting innovative preventive approaches with the introduction of new indicators (e.g. ultrafine particles, black carbon) and inclusion of air quality forecasting systems among actions established for health effect’s prevention during SAPEs. The whole project is inspired by a participative approach, since project conceiving of stakeholders involvement, that foresees feedbacks and inputs from them. AWAIR organizes ad hoc stakeholder plans to identify, address and reach each category of them in a customized way ensuring knowledge transfer at wider level.

Development of one joint AWAIR APP in multi language and English to alert citizens and stakeholders in case of severe air pollution episodes and to promote the adoption of different lifestyles to mitigate or to adapt to SAPES.

Details see Poster below.


  • Regional Agency for the prevention, environment and energy in Emilia-Romagna Region, Bologna, Italy  (Project coordination)
  • National Interuniversity Consortium for Environmental Sciences, Venezia, Italy
  • Municipality of Parma, Parma, Italy
  • Municipality of the Capital City of Budapest District XIV. Zugló, Budapest, Hungary
  • Katowice City Hall, Katowice, Poland
  • Central Mining Institute, Katowice, Poland
  • City Council Graz, Graz, Austria
  • Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health, Institute of Epidemiology, Neuherberg, Germany

Current status:


2017 - 2020 
EU Interreg Central Europe project.

Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health
Institute of Epidemiology 
Dr. Josef Cyrys

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