06/02/2018 09:00 AM


08/02/2018 04:00 PM


Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
Zweiggelände/Branch Adlershof
Richard-Willstätter-Straße 11
12489 Berlin

Organized by

Aarhus University | Universität des Saarlandes | Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | in cooperation with EURICE GmbH | Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung

International Training Course

Purpose and background

Environmental monitoring today is based on fixed measurement stations containing sophisticated analytical equipment to achieve a high data quality. However, due to the high cost for investment and maintenance only a limited number of pollutants (typ. CO, NOx, SO2, ozone, PM10, PM2.5, BTX, tVOC) are monitored at very few locations. Furthermore, not only is the spatial resolution limited but temporal resolution is coarse, with measurements typically providing hourly values at best. Thus, the fundamental information available on air quality (AQ) today does not meet the needs of many citizens or the requirements of advanced environmental information (EI) services and city infrastructure management. The current status does not reflect the increasing needs for well monitored ‘smart cities’, requiring e.g. real-time traffic management, identification of clean ‘green’ areas and routes in cities, specific information for children, elderly or citizens affected by certain pollutants or allergens, temporal air quality profiles for optimisation of ventilation strategies for improved indoor air quality, and, last but not least, for educating citizens about their local environment and the impact of their everyday life habits to their quality of life.
Novel low-cost sensor technologies are poised to support a paradigm shift by allowing ubiquitous ambient pollution monitoring with high spatio-temporal resolution available at every person´s fingertips – either through environmental information websites backed by stationary and mobile sensor networks or quite literally with sensor technology being integrated into mobile devices and supported by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The availability of such sensor data cultivates a fertile environment for the development of novel information services addressing personalised citizen needs as well as city planning and management and environmental decision making requirements. The seminar will provide an overview over the state-of-the-art in environmental monitoring today and over sensor and modelling technologies for low-cost ubiquitous monitoring as well as indicate novel EI service characteristics and future markets based on these technologies.

Seminar benefits

Participants will learn about the main aspects of air pollution, its effects and associated costs as well as the current status of air pollution meteorology with its pros and cons.
Then, an overview over modern low-cost sensor principles, operating modes and data evaluation strategies is given with clear indications on advantages and limitations compared to existing monitoring stations. Examples will be given for various benchmark applications covering different fixed and mobile, especially drone-based, sensor solutions for pollution and odour monitoring.
Finally, participants will learn how these sensor solutions can be utilized to develop novel environmental services for municipalities, companies and citizens. Service design principles and market penetration potentials will also be discussed.

Hands-on examples presentation

All participants can contribute to the hands-on examples for sensor platforms by presenting their industrial or academic solutions on the second evening of the seminar – please indicate your intention to do so beforehand. The presentation will also include demonstrations by the various speakers.

Who should attend?

The seminar addresses a wide range of participants from industry and municipalities, e.g., sensor companies providing solutions for environmental monitoring, developers and operators of existing monitoring stations to learn about new sensor technologies, municipality representatives interested in green city solutions as well as network providers and app developers offering new applications and advanced services. The seminar also provides contacts for future R&D collaborations in this field.

Registration, Fees, Organisation, Programme

Please see flyer attached.