Internationality paired with interdisciplinarity
With its three lectures and two poster presentations, Empa as organizer and host to the CEM 2007 made a significant contribution to the scientific content of the conference. The international and interdisciplinary make-up of the speakers and participants reflected the nature of the problems being tackled. “Environmental pollution, above all in the atmosphere, does not respect national boundaries. We can only solve these kinds of problems through global cooperation,” says Emmenegger.
Representatives from El Salvador, Kazakhstan and several «neo-EU countries» took part in the conference this year for the first time, some to learn more of the essential details of the problems being tackled. That this effort pays off is demonstrated by the example of Marta Escoto de Tejada from El Salvador, who has already been a guest of Empa several times, attending courses and undertaking research in the institution’s laboratories. Back in her home country she has already successfully been putting into practice the concepts she has learnt, heading the only emissions measurement laboratory in the country and training measuring technicians. She related her experiences at the conference.
The CEM 2007 was sponsored by, among other bodies, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (BAFU), the Luftunion (Swiss Society for Air Quality Measurement) and the Cercl’Air (Swiss Society of Air Quality Professionals).
Dr. Lukas Emmenegger, Air Pollution / Environmental Technology Laboratory, Tel. +41 44 823 46 99, firstname.lastname@example.org