This year’s theme of the popular radio challenge 3FM Serious Request is to pay attention to the 900.000 death among children between 0 and 5 years of age because of lung infection. It is one of the most serious causes of death among this group of people, more still than hiv, malaria, aids or measles. The location this year is the city of Breda.

Together with the local Avans University AiREAS already conducts participative learning programs with international students to help develop their awareness and active knowledge development on air quality and health as a core value through real measurement, interpretation and communication programs. Avans organizes this Symposium on Clean Air and invited AiREAS to also speak about the new smart ways to develop cities by using air quality and health as triggers for local innovative initiatives and developing the direct and productive involvement of policy makers, citizens, innovative entrepreneurs and educators such as Avans. Here you find the announcement Avans sent out today:


Wednesday, December 21st,  from 10:00 to 15:00 hrs
Avans Hogeschool
Lovensdijkstraat 61
4818 AJ  Breda

With speakers from the Dutch LongFonds, AIREAS and the University of Antwerp

The symposium ‘Clean Air’ is one of the central activities which will be held as part of the Avans Glazen School. During the symposium various speakers will highlight different aspects of clean and healthy air. For example, odor pollution and ‘electronic noses’, the benefits of strawberry plans to improve air quality and the dilemma of economic progress versus livability will be presented and discussed. The symposium is organised by the Environmental Science department of the Avans University of Applied Sciences.

The symposium will be conducted in English. You can register through this link

The entry fee for the symposium is 10 euros (5 euros for students), which will be donated to Serious Request.
The symposium does not include a lunch. Lunch is available in the Glass School. Revenues for this lunch are also entirely donated to Serious Request.


The city of Breda has partnered with AiREAS as second city in Brabant already for over 1 year to develop health and healthy air as part of their policy and joined development program. We look specificially at heat stress as main trigger for innovation (as we already do a fine maze human exposure measurement program in partner city Eindhoven).using 3 AiREAS measurement stations in town.