20/02/2018 Successful M9 AEROMET Project meeting The AEROMET Project team at the M9 Meeting. Top right: Paul Quincey, NPL and Bottom Right: Alfred Wiedensohler, TROPOS A successful M9 AEROMET Project meeting took place in Turin 15-16 February, 2018. The meeting was hosted by project partner INRiM (Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica). The partners came together to look at the work that had been completed in the first nine months of the project and looked ahead at the work required towards M18. 16/01/2018 AEROMET at IMA2017; ‘Modern trends and applications in Instrumental Methods of Analysis’ IMA Sep 2017: (left) celebrating the tenth anniversary. (right) IMA2017 was attended by 220 participants from 23 different countries with significant representation from graduate students of Greek and foreign universities The tenth International Conference IMA2017 (Instrumental Methods of Analysis-Modern Trends and Applications) took place with great success at the AQUILA ATLANTIS Hotel in Heraklion, Crete from September 17-21 2017. IMA is a biannual series of conferences covering all areas of modern trends and applications of Chemical Analysis and was started in 1999 under the initiative of Prof. M. Ochsenkϋhn-Petropoulou. The IMA conferences bring together distinguished foreign and Greek scientists, young researchers and representatives of companies of modern analytical equipment, which show the state of the art in both instrumentation and new applications in interesting areas of food, medicine, environment and materials. From the partners of the AEROMET project, Dr. Burckhard Beckhoff of PTB and Dr. Konstantina Vasilatou of METAS participated with oral presentations. Dr. Beckhoff, as invited speaker gave a plenary lecture on “ Characterization of advanced materials and particles at the nano- and microscales by X-ray spectrometry using calibrated instrumentation” and Dr. K.Vasilatou on “Towards new reference methods for the accurate determination of PM2.5(10) in ambient air based on the generation of synthetic ambient aerosols”. Furthermore, Dr. Angeliki Zossima from the team of Prof. Maria Ochsenkuehn-Petropoulou, NTUA, gave a related to the air pollution oral presentation in the session environment on “Particulate matter emissions from combustion of different types of biomass” (http://www.ima2017.gr/index_htm_files/Proceedings.pdf). IMA2017 was attended by 220 participants from 23 different countries with significant representation from graduate students of Greek and foreign universities. The scientific program consisted of 16 invited and plenary lectures, 57 oral presentations in 16 parallel sessions, and 140 posters in 3 poster sessions. On the website of IMA 2017 (www. ima 2017.gr) you can find more information, photos/videos, the book of abstracts and the scientific journals where the papers of IMA 2017 will be published. Please find below, videos from IMA 2017: Video 1 / Video 2 / Video 3 16/01/2018 The European Centre for Aerosol Calibration (ECAC) under ACTRIS-2 completed in September 2017 an inter-laboratory comparison for the measurement of total carbon (TC), elemental carbon (EC) and organic carbon (OC) in particulate matter collected on filters: Results of the inter-laboratory comparison exercise for TC and EC measurements. The aim of this comparison was to evaluate the performances of the measurement method (i.e. reproducibility and repeatability) and of individual laboratories (biases). NPL participated as a member of both AQUILA and AEROMET. The report is also available from our Documents & Publications page. 12/12/2017 Jiří Šperka of the Czech Metrology Institute (CMI) recently contributed a poster presentation at the European Aerosol Conference, August 27 – September 1, 2017 at the University of Zürich. Jiří’s presentation focused on the real and virtual atomic force microscopy measurements of regular and non-regular particles in combination with their evaluation in Gwyddion software (see http://gwyddion.net/). The real atomic force microscopy measurements were performed on regular polymer microspheres (nominated diameter 100 nm and 296 nm) and non-regular gold nanorods (dimensions 25 nm x 47 nm – D x L). Generation of virtual particles was also done in Gwyddion software. This study performed on particles with well-known parameters is important for precise understanding of atomic force microscopy measurements of real aerosol particles. Jiří’s presentation and an abstract regarding aerosol measurements and modelling at CMI are available now from our Documents and publications page. 12/12/2017 16ENV07 AEROMET: Project meeting, 15-16 February 2018, Turin An AEROMET project meeting will be held next February in Turin. The meeting will feature WPL moderated sessions from work packages 1 – 6. Each partner is invited to briefly present the progress and perspectives on their respective work package activities. In preparation for the reporting, there will also be administrative aspect to the meeting. On the second day of the meeting, we will have a stakeholder Q & A session in which the stakeholders will be updated about the current progress of the project. The meeting will conclude with an open discussion in groups related to the technical work packages. For further details, please contact Burkhard Beckhoff or Bianka Hahn. 01/12/2017 On 22. November 2017 an international conference on dust research called the 4th German Staubtag was executed in the MARUM (Center for Marine Environmental Sciences) institute in Bremen (Germany). About 40 research scientists from Germany, UK, Austria and the Netherlands discussed their recent scientific findings and introduced their projects in the presentation and poster sessions. A poster of the EMPIR AEROMET project was presented by Carmen Friese (BAM) during the poster session. The poster received attention by the scientific community and possible future collaborations could be elaborated. Mass spectrometry measurements, the study of agricultural dust samples and the execution of wind tunnel experiments may be accomplished by collaborations with the KIT (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany) and ZALF (Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung, Germany). These analyses may improve the investigation of the composition of airborne particles and the calibration of instruments. 02/11/2017 An article on an aspect of work that has been completed in the frame of the AEROMET project has recently been published in Aerosol Science and Technology Mobility particle size spectrometers: Calibration procedures and measurement uncertainties by A. Wiedensohler, A. Wiesner, K. Weinhold, W. Birmili, M. Hermann, M.Merkel, T. Müller, S. Pfeifer, A. Schmidt, T. Tuch, F. Velarde, P. Quincey, S.Seeger & A. Nowak is now available to download from our Documents and Publications page. 30/08/2017 Dr. Burkhard Beckhoff of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Berlin, Germany has been invited to give a talk about the AEROMET Project and the Characterization of advanced materials and particles at the nano- and microscales by X-ray spectrometry using calibrated instrumentation at the 10th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis (IMA 2017) on the 17-21 September 2017, Heraklion, Greece. Further details can be found here; http://www.ima2017.gr/ 14/06/2017 16ENV07 AEROMET – Kick-off meeting A successful Kick Off meeting for the AEROMET Project was held at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Berlin, Germany in June.