Ambient air pollution is one of the most important glo­bal risk factors for morbidity, disability and mortality. Because this risk affects a huge number of urban areas in high income as well as in low income countries, the healthcare dimensions of its consequences are huge, as one realizes considering that there are at least 7 million premature deaths due to air pollution, according to WHO and the Global Burden of Disease epidemiological studies.

Living in one of the most polluted area of the world (the Po River Plain), together with the distinguished epidemiologists of the Regione Lazio (led by France­sco Forastiere) and a former staff member of WHO (Michal Krzyzanowski), we first chose in 2015 to or­ganize an independent international seminar called RespiraMi, with the goal to gather the most distingui­shed global experts and ask them to present their most recent and mostly unpublished data on the progress of science towards tackling the global problem of out­door and indoor air pollution, in the frame of a three day seminar.

The third 2019 edition of the Seminar (RespiraMi 3) enlists a distinguish team of expert speakers from the 4 world continents who will put special emphasis on the effects of air pollution on the weakest groups of citizens: the child, the pregnant woman, older peo­ple, the poorest people, as well as on the growing evidence that air pollution is a cause of most common, growing and devastating neurodegenerative disease (dementia, Alzheimer). The Seminar will newly deal also on the arrays of measures that are being enfor­ced in highly polluted countries such as China, Po­land and also Italy to mitigate the deleterious effects of outdoor and indoor air pollutants. Finally, special emphasis will be given to recent data that convincin­gly show that living, working and going to school in areas richer in greenness decrease overall mortality (particularly from cancer and cardiopulmonary disea­ses) but also allows school children to achieve better learning performances than those who live and go to school in areas deprived of greenness.


P.M. Mannucci     S. Harari     F. Forastiere     M. Krzyzanowski


                                                                     THURSDAY, 24th January 2019



01:00 - 01:30 pm Opening - Welcome Addresses

Stefano Boeri - Fondazione La Triennale di Milano (Milan, IT)

Silvano Bosari - Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico (Milan, IT)


New evidence on health effects of air pollution

Chairs: F. Forastiere (Rome, IT) - S. Harari (Milan, IT)


01:30 - 02:10 pm Zorana Andersen (Copenhagen, DK)

Exposure to air pollution and cancer risk


02:10 - 02:50 pm Francesco Forastiere (Rome, IT)

Updates on cardiovascular effects of air pollution


02:50 - 03:30 pm Sergio Harari (Milan, IT)

Updates on respiratory effects of air pollution


03:30 - 04:00 pm Panel Discussion


04:00 - 04:40 pm Coffee Break

Chairs: A.  Peters (Munich, DE) - M.C. Facchini (Bologna, IT)


04:40 - 05:20 pm Monica Guxens (Barcelona, ES)

Early life air pollution exposure, neuropsychological development, and neuroimaging in children


05:20 - 06:00 pm Annette Peters (Munich, DE)

Environmental exposure and disease: role of the epigenome


06:00 - 06:40 pm Frank Kelly (London, UK)

Mechanisms of particulate matter (PM) toxicity


06:40 - 07:10 pm Panel Discussion


07:10 - 07:40 pm Closing Remarks

                                                                     FRIDAY, 25th January 2019



Health effects of very low and very high PM levels

Chairs: G. Hoek (Utrecht, NL) - H. Kan (Shanghai, CN)


09:00 - 09:30 am Gerard Hoek (Utrecht, NL)

Combining evidence from studies on the effects of air pollution at low level


09:30 - 10:00 am Haidong Kan (Shanghai, CN)

Evidence on the health risks from highly polluted regions


10:00 - 10:30 am Michela Baccini (Florence, IT)

Causal approaches to study the effects of air pollution


10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee Break


Understanding impact of PM components and sources

Chairs: B. Hoffmann (Dusseldorf, DE) - X. Querol (Barcelona, ES)


11:00 - 11:30 am Jason Sacks (Durham, NC, USA) 

Particulate Matter Integrated Science Assessment (External Review Draft): Evaluation of Health Effects Attributed to Exposures to PM Components and Sources


11:30 - 12:00 am Barbara Hoffmann (Dusseldorf, DE)

Ultrafine particles and health effects


12:00 - 00:30 pm Xavier Querol (Barcelona, ES)

AIRUSE-LIFE PMx source apportionment and measures to abate urban air pollution in Southern Europe


00:30 - 01:00 pm Fulvio Amato (Barcelona, ES)

Non-exhaust emissions: sources and health effects


01:00 - 02:00 pm Lunch  

                                                                     FRIDAY, 25th January 2019



Research on air pollution and health in Italy

Chairs: M. Stafoggia (Rome, IT) - G. Cesaroni (Rome, IT)


02:00 - 02:20 pm Giovanni Viegi (Palermo, IT)

The Beep project


02:20 - 02:40 pm Massimo Stafoggia (Rome, IT)

Fine resolved daily PM maps in Italy using satellite data


02:40 - 03:00 pm Giulia Cesaroni (Rome, IT)

New evidence from the Rome Longitudinal Study


03:00 - 03:20 pm Franca Rusconi (Florence, IT)

Air pollution and health effects in children: the Piccoli più project


03:20 - 03:40 pm Carla Ancona (Rome, IT)

Noise and air pollution: mapping and incidence of diseases


03:40 - 04:00 pm Andrea Ranzi (Modena, IT)

Particulate matter components, sources and health effects


04:00 - 04:30 pm Coffee Break


Chairs: L. Bisceglia (Bari, IT) - P. Michelozzi (Rome, IT)


04:30 - 04:50 pm Lucia Bisceglia (Bari, IT)

Industrial pollution and health: experience from the Apulia Region


04:50 - 05:10 pm Fabiana Madotto (Milan, IT)

Studying the health effects of air pollution in Lombardy


05:10 - 05:30 pm Paola Michelozzi (Rome, IT)

Climate and air pollution: an integrated system to prevent acute health effect of temperature and air pollution in italian cities


05:30 - 06:00 pm Open discussion: What is missing in research on the health effects

of air pollution in Italy

                                                                     SATURDAY, 26th January 2019



Using evidence to support policies addressing health risks of air pollution

Chairs: S. Gumy (Geneva, CH) - M. Krzyzanowski (Warsaw, PL)


08:30 - 09:00 am Michal Krzyzanowski (Warsaw, PL)

Approaches and challenges in estimating the health impact of air pollution


09:00 - 09:30 am Sophie Gumy (Geneva, CH)

The WHO worldwide impact estimates for 2016


09:30 - 10:00 am Pier Mannuccio Mannucci (Milan, IT)

Greenness mitigates the noxious effects of air pollution on health and wellbeing 


10:00 - 10:30 am Markus Amann (Laxenburg, A)

Challenges in sector-specific emission reductions in Europe: short- and long-time perspectives


10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee Break


11:00 - 11:30 am Richard Ballaman (Bern, CH)

Policy issues: progress made and remaining challenges in neighboring countries


11:30 - 12:00 am Vicente Franco (Brussels, B)

Europe's air quality legislation in review: the fitness chek of the Ambient Air Quality Directives


Involving people in air pollution risk reduction (round table discussion)

Chairs: P.M. Mannucci (Milan, IT) - S. Harari (Milan, IT) - F. Forastiere (Rome, IT)


12:00 - 03.00 pm Ugo Taddei (Brussels, B)

The legal European initiatives


                           Anna Gerometta (Milan, IT)

Control of traffic and diesel vehicles to reduce NO2 concentrations in Italy


                           Andrzej Gula (Krakow, PL)

Household combustion of solid fuel regulations to reduce PM concentrations in Poland


                           Thiago Herick De Sa (Geneva, CH) WHO Urban Health Initiative:

creating demand for action against air pollution through health knowledge and leadership


Closing of Respirami 3