October 11, 2023 (Wednesday)

13:30 – 14:30 Registration of participants.

14:30 – 14:50 Opening ceremony with greetings from the Authorities.

14:50 – 16:30 First session, “Classics” (chairperson: Pedro Pinho, University of Lisboa, Portugal; full talks of 15 minutes each, plus 5 minutes for discussion.)
  • Pedro Pinho, Bernardo Rocha, Cristina Branquinho, Paula Matos - Lichens as ecological indicators for the effects of environmental changes in urban context: ongoing research and major challenges.
  • Stefano Martellos, Sebastiano Andreatta, Tania Contardo, Stefano Loppi - Lichens and air quality: a new citizen science approach.
  • Elisa Pellegrini, Lorenzo Cotrozzi, Cristina Nali, Giacomo Lorenzini - Standardized biomonitoring protocols to assess the air quality: 30 years of experience from Italy.
  • Giovanna Salbitani, Piergiorgio Cianciullo, Viviana Maresca, Sergio Sorbo, Marilena Insolvibile, Francesco Loreto, Alessia Di Fraia, Adriana Basile, Simona Carfagna - Cation localization and related biological responses in the liverwort Conocephalum conicum L. Dum exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of Zn, Cu, Cd and Pb..
  • Sébastien Leblond, Caroline Meyer - Moss sample, the Swiss Army knife of biomonitoring.

    16:30 – 17:10 Coffee break.

    17:10 – 17:50 First session, “Classics” (continued)
  • Mélanie Jean, Nicole Fenton, Mia Courville-Todorov, Olivier Clarisse - Monitoring atmospheric deposition of pollutant with mosses around point-sources and across the landscape in eastern Canada.
  • Tania Contardo, Stefano Loppi - The pitfalls of mapping biomonitoring data.

    17:50 – 18:30 First session, “Classics in short”: (chairperson: Anna Bérešová Guttova, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany, Bratislava, Slovakia; short talks of 5 minutes for 3 slides each.)
  • Drava et al., It is time to consider time in biomonitoring studies.
  • Ait Kaci et al., Exploring natural biocides: Assessing the impact on microorganism diversity in agricultural soils as environmental bioindicators.
  • Ghennam et al., Lichen biomonitoring in the botanical garden of El Hamma in Algiers is used to assess the impact of green space structure on air quality.
  • Zorza et al., Preliminary evaluation of the algal periphyton biomass and community composition in the Isonzo River.
  • Amelmann et al., First assessment of the macrozoobenthic community of Ragogna lake.
  • Risoli et al., Ozone biomonitoring: A versatile tool for citizen science.
  • Mesraty, Lichens CitiSci: A community science project engaging volunteers in air quality.

    19:00 - 20:30 optional tour to the town, with Dr Andrea Moro, University of Trieste.

    October 12, 2023 (Thursday)

    08:30 – 10.30 Second Session, “New methods” (chairperson: Julian Aherne, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada; full talks of 15 minutes each, plus 5 minutes for discussion.)
  • Lorenzo Cotrozzi, Ivan Fiaccadori, Giuseppe Quaratiello, Giacomo Lorenzini, Cristina Nali, Luca Paoli, Elisa Pellegrini - The potential of using hyperspectral data for plant and lichen biomonitoring of environmental pollution.
  • Lisa Grifoni, Aldo Winkler, Francesca Boldrighini, Marcos A. E. Chaparro, Luigi A. Di Lella, Fernando Marte, Luciano Pensabene Buemi, Alfonsina Russo, Antonio Sgamellotti, Lilla Spagnuolo, Gabriella Strano, Marcos Tascon, Stefano Loppi - Magnetism and environmental biomonitoring: application for the preventive conservation of Cultural Heritage.
  • Andrea Vannini, Massimo Chiari, Alessandro Petraglia - A first (small) step towards understanding the ability of biochar to provide information on the environmental availability of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) in atmospheric depositions.
  • Fabrizio Monaci, Davide Baroni, Stefano Loppi - Harnessing the potential of biomonitors to assess atmospheric mercury pollution: recent insights and perspectives.
  • Mehriban Jafarova, Lisa Grifoni, Monia Renzi, Tecla Bentivoglio, Serena Anselmi, Aldo Winkler, Luigi A. di Lella, Julian Aherne, Stefano Loppi - The suitability of Robinia pseudoacacia L. (black locust) leaflets as biomonitors of airborne microplastics.
  • Nuno Ratola, Arminda Alves - Pinus needles as bioindicators of organic micropollutants.

    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break.

    11:00 – 11:40 Second Session, “New methods” (continued)
  • Baptiste Delaunay, Jerôme Ledauphin, Nathalie Sauret - Using a bioindicator plant, Eleagnus ebbingei, to predict the concentrations of polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the atmosphere of temperate areas in Europe.
  • Mira Aničič Uroševič, Maja Kuzmanoski, Tijana Miličevič, Igor Kodranov, Konstantin Vergel, Aleksandar Popovič - Moss bag biomonitoring of airborne elements at a suburban background site in Belgrade (Serbia) during Saharan dust intrusions.

    11:40 – 12:20 Second Session “New methods in short” (chairperson: Lorenzo Fortuna, University of Trieste, Italy; short talks of 5 minutes for 3 slides each.)
  • Cinti et al., The evolutionary importance of stomata and mesophyll traits on adaptation to climate changes.
  • Munzi, Engaging citizens in soil monitoring: the project ECHO.
  • Paoli et al., Air quality changes witnessed by herbarium specimens of lichens: a case-study in the Western Carpathians.
  • Swislowsk and Rajfur, Mosses as bioindicators of indoor air pollution.
  • Perri et al., Soil-plant analyses to determine the bioindication and bioaccumulation capacity of native vascular plants in dismissed mining area of Calabria region (S-Italy).
  • Stringa Basile et al., Lichen biomonitoring of airborne microplastics in the urban area of Pisa (Italy).
  • Santunione et al., Urban forest as a strategy of particulate matter (PM) capture and retention.
  • Pisuttu et al., Evaluation of the suitability of Tillandsia usneoides as biomonitor of airborne elements in a natural environment of Italy.

    12:20 – 14:30 Lunch (free).

    14:30 – 16.00 Assembly - Opening of the Assembly. Appointment of the president of the Assemby. Presentation of the preparatory work for the foudation of the International Association for Biomonitoring of Environmental Pollution: structure of the statute, advisory and control bodies, election mechanisms. Open discussion. Voting of the Assemby on the Statute.

    16:00 – 16:30 Public signing of the founding act, in the presence of a notary and journalists.

    16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break.

    17:00 – 17:30 Election of the Association bodies. Press release.

    20:00 Social dinner in a local restaurant.

    October 13, 2023 (Friday)

    08:30 – 10.30 Session “Standardisation” (chairperson: Prof. Stefano Loppi, University of Siena; full talks of 15 minutes each, plus 5 minutes for discussion)
  • Zbigniew Ziembik, Agnieszka Dołhańczuk-Śródka, Andrzej Kłos, Daniel Janecki, Sławomir Wierzba - Issues in biomonitoring data interpretation and their mitigation.
  • Erica Rancati, Alessandro D’Aietti, Arianna Macor, Gabriele Piazza, Alessandra Sinesi, Damiano Virgilio, Elisa Zanut, Raffaella Zorza, Enrico Bressan, Antonello Zanello - Monitoring of priority substances in biota for classifying the environmental quality status of surface water bodies.
  • Aldo Winkler, Lisa Grifoni, Leonardo Sagnotti, Stefano Loppi - Magnetic biomonitoring: towards a standardization of the operational and measurement protocols.
  • Zulema Varela, Jesús R. Aboal, J. Ángel Fernández - Mossphere: a new biotechnological passive sampler for environmental air quality management.
  • Fiore Capozzi - Toward the adoption of a shared protocol in the moss bag approach: main outcomes from the MOSSclone project.
  • Julian Aherne, Mehriban Jafarova, Stefano Loppi - The good, the bad, and the ugly of biomonitoring of atmospheric microplastics.

    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break.

    11:00 – 12:00 Session “Standardization” (continued)
  • Elena Gottardini, Fabiana Cristofolini, Antonella Cristofori, Radek Novotny, Matej Rupel, Vicent Calatayud, Marcus Schaub, Diana Pitar, Marco Ferretti - Visible foliar symptoms as a proxy of ozone impact on vegetation: from the multi species approach of the ICP Forests method applied on European scale to the single bioindicator species approach.
  • Mauro Tretiach, Fabio Candotto Carniel, Lorenzo Fortuna - Biomonitoring techniques for testing the pollution impact of Recovered Derived Fuels (RDFs): a ten-year-long study case centered on a cement mill in NE Italy.
  • Paolo Giordani, Renato Benesperi, Elisabetta Bianchi, Giorgio Brunialti, Elva Cecconi, Tania Contardo, Luca Di Nuzzo, Lorenzo Fortuna, Luisa Frati, Stefano Loppi, Fabrizio Monaci, Silvana Munzi, Juri Nascimbene, Luca Paoli, Sonia Ravera, Mauro Tretiach, Andrea Vannini - Lichen biomonitoring after standardisation: another step towards systematisation?

    12:00 – 13:00 Round table “The role of Biomonitoring in a ill world”, with the IABEP Council and invited guests.

    13:00 – 13:30 Closing ceremony.

  • We look forward to meeting you.

    The conference is organised with the support and contribution of the City/Municipality of Trieste, and of the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Trieste.