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Sefira FP7 Final Symposium in Bruxelles

Air quality policies of the future: individual responses and social challenges

Date: 20 April 2016

Time: Start 10:00 Ends 16:00

Venue: Comittee of the Regions –rue Van Maerlant 2 – B – 1040 Brussels

Room:  VMA 1 , rue Van Maerlant 2, 2nd floor

The final event of the Coordination and Support Action Sefira, funded by the FP7 of the European Commission will take place in Bruxelles on the 20th of April. It this occasion the final results of the Sefira Project will be presented and will be opened a space for debate between the European institutions, the scientific community and the stakeholders.

All the participants are kindly asked to register before 11 April 2016.

Please register on this link

Sefira Final Conference Programme



9:00 Welcome coffee and registration of participants

10:00 Opening addresses

Chair: Michela Maione (Project Coordinator, University of Urbino)

10:00-10:10 Gianluca Spinaci (CoR, Head of Cabinet of the Secretary General)

10:10-10:20 Eleonora Evi (ENVI Commission of the European Parliament)

10:20-10:30 Andrea Tilche (DG-RTD European Commission)

10:30-10:50 Michela Maione (Project Coordinator, University of Urbino) – The SEFIRA transdisciplinary approach

Session I: Project’s results

Chair: Yuri Kazepov (University of Vienna)

10:50-11:10 Markus Amann (IIASA) – Challenges of air quality management in Europe and the approach taken for the current policy proposal

11:10-11:30 Maarten Loopmans (University of Leuven) – Environmental policies and urban ecology: from individual behavior to political action

11:30-11:50 Yuri Kazepov (University of Vienna) Acceptability of Air Quality Policies: results from the SEFIRA pilot study

11:50-12:10 Martin Williams (King’s College London) – Air Quality and Climate Change: how to coordinate efforts for a socio-ecological transition

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch break

Session II: “Conflicts are in the Air”

Chair: Vittorio Sergi – (University of Urbino)

13:15-13:30 Luigi Pellizzoni (University of Trieste- External Advisory Board SEFIRA) – An Introduction on Environmental Conflicts around Air Quality

13:30 -14:30 Presentations from European Non Governmental and Civil Society Organizations:

– Azadeh Marzin ( ADEME, France) – Biomass burning: a burning issue

– Christer Ågren ( AirClim, Sweden)– Agri-food impact on air quality

– Anna Dworakowska (Association Krakow Smog Alert, Poland) – The growing civil society movement for air quality improvement in Poland

14:30 – 14:50 Roald Wolters (DG Environment) – The governance of conflicts around air quality

14:50 Open debate

15:45 Coordinator conclusion and final remarks

16:00 End of the conference


Info and contacts:

Sefira FP7 Project Office – University of Urbino

Vittorio Sergi:

Annalisa Geniali:






This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 603941

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Socio Economic implications For Individual Responses to Air Pollution policies in EU +27

SEFIRA has the objective of creating a European coordination of transdisciplinary scientific and socio-economic resources in order to support the review and implementation of air quality legislation by the European Commission (EC) led by DG Environment. SEFIRA will coordinate some of the best scientific and socio-economic resources and will review air quality policies and legislation at the interface between environmental, economic and social sciences in order to achieve a deeper understanding of these complex issues. The main fields involved in the action will be atmospheric sciences, environmental and legal sociology, anthropology, geography and economics.