9th International Workshop on
Biomonitoring of Atmospheric Pollution

9th International Workshop on
Biomonitoring of Atmospheric Pollution

Napoli, Italy • 3-5 October 2022

Napoli, Italy • 3-5 October 2022

Main Speakers

M. Carmo Freitas

Researcher at Campus Tecnologico e Nuclear, actually Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (1982-2011). Retired since 2011, as principal researcher with habilitation.
School teacher (1975-1982).
Assistant to technical teaching (1971-1974).
University degree in Chemical Engineer, 1974, Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
PhD in Nuclear Chemistry, 1993, University of Gent, Belgium; recognized by Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, 1994.
Habilitation by Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2000.
1998-2011: coordinator of the group Atmospheric Elemental Dispersion, renamed in 2008 as Neutron Activation in Environment, Nutrition and Epidemiology.
Co-Supervisor of 12 PhD theses finalized with success, Participation in 15 PhD juries.
More than 120 publications in international journals with revision.
Member of Engineering Union. Former member of the International Scientific Committees of INCC, NAMLS, k0 Users, and member of BioMAP. Main organizer of 4 international conferences/workshops.
Research interests: Quality control/ISO 17025; Development of Nuclear Analytical Techniques; Biomonitoring; Atmospheric Pollution: Nutrition; Epidemiology.
Reviewer of international scientific journals – The Science of Total Environment, Chemosphere, Environmental Pollution, Journal of Radioanalytical Nuclear Chemistry, Biological Trace Element Research, Atmospheric Environment, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, among others.

Stefano Loppi

Stefano Loppi got a PhD in Environmental Biology, and is now Associate Professor of Environmental and Applied Botany at the Department of Life Sciences, the University of Siena, Italy. The research activity is focused on the biological aspects of plants related to environmental changes, on plant-soil relationships and on the use of natural products of plant origin. Scientific coordinator of several research projects. Member of the editorial boards of several international journals. Reviewer for several international journals as well as national and international research programs. Coordinator of seven Erasmus programs with the Universities of Crete (Greece), Alicante and Leon (Spain), Kaunas (Lithuania), Kosice (Slovakia), Poznan (Poland), Lisbon (Portugal). Former President of the Italian Lichen Society; former member of the Steering Committee of the Foundation for Climate and Sustainability; member of the Steering Committee of BioMAP (Biomonitoring of Atmospheric Pollution); member of the Scientific Committee of BAT Center (enter for Studies on Bioinspired Agro-environmental Technology). President of the Committee for Quality Assurance of the University of Siena. Author of 190 scientific papers in refereed journals. Included in the list of top Italian scientists of Via-Academy and in the list of top world scientists of Stanford University.

Michael Perring

Mike has been with the ICP Vegetation Programme since September 2020, working with the ozone group under the leadership of Felicity Hayes at UKCEH. He is co-ordinating the review of NOx critical levels, and has worked with colleagues on solardome experiments, the ICP Vegetation moss survey 2020-2022, and preparing an online on-demand course on ground level ozone (freely available to certain countries) (see https://www.ceh.ac.uk/training/ozone-and-tropical-agriculture). Prior to joining UKCEH, Mike worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University, Belgium and in Australia at The University of Western Australia and the University of Tasmania. Throughout his career, he has focussed on soil and vegetation responses to environmental change, including from the interaction between air pollutants and land-use legacies, and utilising this knowledge to inform restoration science, policy and practice. Mike has helped design and implement field-scale experiments in Australia, South America and across Europe, co-supervised PhD students and taught at undergraduate and masters level, including on a field course in the high Andes of Ecuador. He is on the Editorial Boards of Ecosphere and Restoration Ecology.

Mauro Tretiach

Mauro Tretiach is full professor of General Botany (BIO/01) at the University of Trieste. He is Director of the Department of Life Sciences from 2018 and former Deputy Director (2012-2018). He was a founding member (1987) and President (1999- 2008) of the Italian Lichen Society. The scientific interests of Prof. Tretiach are focused on the ecotoxicology of graphene materials and on the biology of the lichen symbiosis, with particular focus on their use as biomonitors of air pollution. His main contributions are:

  • the ecotoxicological characterization of Graphene-related-materials with respect to algae, seed plants and fungi;
  • the standardization of protocols for environmental biomonitoring with mosses and lichens;
  • a European patent in co-authorship of a devitalized sphagnum clone with relative display device for the monitoring of persistent airborne pollutants;
  • understanding the role of hydration in the response of epiphytic lichen to ozone and NOx in urban environments;
  • the development of WHAT (Wet HeAt Treatment), an innovative devitalization technique for the eradication of biodeteriogens of outdoor monuments (lichens, bryophytes, green algae);
  • the characterization of the biology of calcicolous endolithic lichens.

The scientific activity has so far been concretized in 180 scientific articles, of which 117 indexed by Scopus, for a total of 2886 citations and H-index of 28. Prof. Tretiach was Coordinator of numerous national PRIN projects (one ongoing, “2DNano-Mad-Plants”) and is or has been involved in European research projects, including: FP7 – MOSSclone; FP7 – GRAPHENE Flagship (“Graphene-Based Revolutions in ICT and Beyond”; “GRAPHENE Flagship Core 1”; “GRAPHENE Flagship Core 2”, “GRAPHENE Flagship Core 3”, work-package “Health and Environment”, as responsible for Ecotoxicology). Prof. Tretiach was supervisor of more than 40 master theses, tutor of 16 PhD students, scientific responsible of 7 post-doc researchers, and mentor for several visiting students from Algeria, Austria, Brazil and Spain. He serves as reviewer of many international journals, and carries out the functions of evaluator of research projects for several national research bodies.

Julian Aherne

Julian Aherne is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. During the past three decades, much of his research has focused on assessing the impacts of air pollution on natural ecosystems specifically in support of the UNECE Air Convention. This research has included the mapping and modelling of critical loads for sulphur and nitrogen, the use of dynamic models to determine target loads, the monitoring of ecosystem response and recovery to atmospheric pollutants, and the use of bryophytes as biomonitors for trace metal deposition. More recently his research has focused on the atmospheric transport of microplastics and the use of bryophytes as biomonitors for microplastic deposition. He is on the editorial board of Atmospheric Environment, PLoS ONE, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, and Modeling Earth Systems and Environment.