Between 12-21 November, IDAEA researchers participated in 5 different activities: MinerMat 2021 (outreach videos about geology, mineralogy and sustainable development), talks on radioactivity, air pollution and green thinking, and a last edition of CSIC4Girls.

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A study led by IDAEA-CSIC in collaboration with ISGlobal has evaluated chemical pollutants accumulated in pregnant women. A group of 19 women from Barcelona participated in this study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Yechnology Letters. where 42 potentially harmful chemical compounds of anthropogenic origin were detected.

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The Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) participates in the Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia 2021, celebrated between 15 and 19 November, 2021. The IDAEA projects RECOPPS and LifeSPOT, presented by Patricia Córdoba and Mònica Escolà, were shown to the visitors of the Water Cycle Tour.

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IDAEA researcher Miren López de Alda participates in the EU-funded PROMISCES project, which aims to understand the origins, routes, and fates of pollutants that spread easily in the environment and are very persistent.

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The SETAC Europe 32nd Annual Meeting, the European reference meeting for the study of environmental problems, will be held on 15-19 May 2022 in both face-to-face (in Copenhaguen, Denmark) and online formats. IDAEA scientific community encourages international authors to submit their abstracts for oral and poster presentations in seletected tracks and sessions.

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A recent study by the CSIC has detected plasticizing chemical compounds in sardines, anchovies, and hake from the Mediterranean Sea, although the levels do not pose a risk to human health. The work, led by the IDAEA researchers Ethel Eljarrat and Berta Sala, in collaboration with the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC), has been published in the journal Environmental Pollution.

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The European Commission funded project, RI-URBANS, has been officially launched with the aim to provide advanced service tools from atmospheric research infrastructures to better assess the air quality in Europe. Coordinated by the IDAEA-CSIC and the University of Helsinki, and led by Xavier Querol (IDAEA-CSIC) and Tuukka Petäjä (UHEL), RI-URBANS brings together eleven cities and twenty-eight partners across Europe in its objective of implementing advanced air quality monitoring observations in cities and industrial hotspots.

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The researcher María Cruz Minguillón, from the group EGAR, has recently received the Young Female Scientst Talent Award 2021 (Premio al Joven Talento Científico Femenino), given by MasterCard and Fundación Real Academia de Ciencias de España (FRACE) in Madrid.

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