All CAPACITIE members (including fellows, project supervisors and project partners) meet regualrily for workshops and meetings, the details of which are posted below.

CAPACITIE Project Kick-Off Meeting

The CAPACITE Project kick-off meeting took place on the 27th and 28th March, 2014. The event was held at the University of York and was well attended by the CAPACITIE fellows, academics and partners. Sessions over the two-day event included:

  • Short presentations from each of the project partners to share their particular involvement in CAPACITIE;
  • A keynote presentation from Sue Hartley, Director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute;
  • Tours of the York Robotics Lab, JEOL Nanocentre and the Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry in the Chemistry Department; and
  • A presentation and poster session from each of the CAPACITIE research fellows.

For more detail on the kick-off meeting, please visit our news page.

Training Courses

As a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, CAPACITIE is designed to provide world class training for the next generation of researchers. Training courses are organised for the CAPACITIE fellows, the details of which are displayed below.

Researcher Induction Course

This course is designed to give all fellows a comprehensive induction to working in the research environment. The fellows will also receive training in the ethics approval system at the University of York, health and safety rules, and requirements for data management and protection during the project.

This course took place in April, 2014.

Environmental Pollution and Monitoring

In this course, which will be run by staff in the Environment and Chemistry Departments at York (and also involve input from associated partners), fellows will develop an understanding of the main factors and processes affecting the inputs to, and behaviour and effects of chemical pollutants in the environment and how these are monitored. Lectures will explore the main sources of contaminants, pathways of entry of these to the environment, environmental processes (including transport, partitioning, persistence and bioaccumulation), modelling approaches for simulating the fate of contaminants in the environment, effects of environmental pollutants on environmental and human health as well as the design and implementation of monitoring studies. The lectures will be complemented by group exercises, site visits and laboratory tours.

This course took place in July, 2014.

New Technologies for Monitoring Pollution

This course will be run by staff from the Departments of Electronics, Computer Science and Chemistry. The principle aim of this course will be to introduce the fellows to a variety of technologies and techniques that can not only be used to construct novel sensors, but also intelligently process the data from such sensors.  A combination of lectures and practical laboratory-based sessions will explore requirements for analysis for sensor design, design and fabrication of a range of sensor types, signal processing, intelligent data analysis and wireless sensor networks.  Lectures will be complimented by a number of practical laboratory sessions that will allow fellows to gain hands-on experience of building a series of simple sensing devices that will be connected via a simple wireless sensor network (WSN), interfacing the sensors and WSN with computing resources, extracting signals from the sensor and then performing analysis of the signal. 

This course took place in September, 2014.

Policy and Regulation of Pollutants in the Environment

The principal aim of this course (which will be delivered by UBA and Ecologic in Berlin, Germany) is to introduce the key principles underpinning pollution regulation and the problems associated with designing policies suitable for states with heterogeneous administrative capacities and cultures and divergent infrastructures and industrial bases. The role of structures of governance (sub-national, national, supranational and international) in shaping the design and implementation of policy will be analysed. These issues will be explored in a variety of national settings, with case studies used to explore some of the issues and problems thrown up by national contexts from within the EU; from other industrialised nations; and in developing nations.

This course is due to take place in April, 2015.

Pollution in Megacities

This course will be held in Seoul, S. Korea. Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. The Seoul National Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, is the world's second largest metropolitan area with more than 25 million inhabitants. Due to its size, monitoring and management of pollutants in the natural environment in Seoul is extremely challenging. The city is also regularly exposed to ‘Asian dust’ which originates in Mongolia and contains a variety of pollutants including sulphur, metals, pesticides and industrial chemicals. In this one week intensive course, fellows will learn about the major pollutant pressures faced by Seoul; the potential implications of these in terms of human health and the health of the environment; how different types of pollutants are monitored in the city; and how the city is working to mitigate against pollution both in the short and longer-terms. The course will comprise a mixture of lectures given by experts from South Korea as well as site visits in and around the city.

This course is due to take place in the autumn of 2015.

The Smart City Concept

This course, which will be delivered by invited experts working on different aspects of smart cities, will introduce students to the ‘smart city’ concept and how different cities around the world are effectively applying new technologies to better manage different aspects of the city systems (energy, transportation, water, etc.).

This course is due to take place in the spring of 2016.

Being a Research Scientist in the Business Sector

This course is aimed at giving the CAPACITIE fellows an understanding of the skills needed to work in the business or policy sectors. There will be interaction and contribution from: business mentors with significant experience in research and product development; businesses that conduct research and development; an intellectual property specialist; and design and innovation specialists. Through this course, students will experience real examples of technology projects, barriers and enablers of adoption, industrial research drivers and how industry values technology. One of the workshops will cover innovation, including systems for measuring progress, assessing projects within industry and managing innovation. Another will consider funding routes and collaboration options including entrepreneurship.

This course is due to take place in the autumn of 2016.


A seminar series is part of the CAPACITIE training programme for the CAPACITIE fellows. External speakers are invited to hold a seminar at the University of York, the topic of which will be closely related to the workpackages of CAPACITIE. The seminars will take place, on average, every two months. Details of each seminar and video footage of the presentations will be displayed below.

CAPACITIE Seminar Series Inaugural Lecture: Advanced Spatial Analysis of Environmental Dynamics

Wednesday, 21st May, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Speaker: Dr Francesco Pilla, Assistant Professor in Environmental Systems Monitoring at Trinity College Dublin

Seminar overview: Francesco’s areas of expertise are GIS environmental systems modelling and pervasive sensing. He is working on several Irish EPA-funded projects which involve the creation of GIS tools to analyse and model environmental phenomena and he acquired considerable experience in networks of environmental sensors for urban environments during his collaboration with the SENSEable City laboratory, MIT, USA.

His current work includes an Irish EPA-funded project which aims to assess the personal exposure of cyclists to environmental pollutants in Ireland, carried out by integrating data acquired with mobile sensors with spatial data. An additional Irish Air/Universal Concern funded project aims to assess the benefits in term of personal exposure to air pollutants from the use of specifically designed stoves in rural areas in Malawi. In this seminar, Francesco gives an overview of his current and past projects, focussing on the methodological development of GIS systems for environmental monitoring.

CAPACITIE Seminar Series Lecture, September, 2014: Development of Environmental Fate Models for Engineered Nanoparticles

Thursday, 25th September, 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Speaker: Antonia Praetorius, PhD student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich

Seminar overview: Antonia's PhD research focused on the development of environmental fate models to predict the behaviour and environmental distribution of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), and to enable a proactive risk assessment of these new emerging contaminants.

YESI-Environment Seminar, October, 2014: The Rise of Environmental Concern

Tuesday, 21st October, 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Speaker: Dr Jose Echavarren, Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Seminar overview: Jose's work has focused on modelling the social, economic and environmental factors which influence why socieities care about issues like pollution; is the rise of environmental concern around the world due to the impacts of global environmental deterioration on the level of environmental awareness, or is it more influenced by personal values and income and the state of the national economy?

CAPACITIE Seminar Series Lecture, November, 2014: Computational Bioacoustics and its Application in Plant Health and Ecology

Friday, 28th November, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Speaker: Dr David Chesmore, Senior Lecturer, Electronics Department, University of York

Seminar overview: David’s research interests are focused on the application of electronics and computing technology to biology, ecology and entomology, particularly in the areas of automated species identification and biodiversity informatics. This seminar outlines the difficulties in computational acoustics and species identification for a range of taxa. 

CAPACITIE Seminar Series Lecture, March, 2015: Identifying Chemicals that are Planetary Boundary Threats

Tuesday, 3rd March, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Speaker: Professor Michael McLachlan, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University

Seminar overview: Michael is a professor and Head of the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry at Stockholm University. His research interests lie in combining theory, experiment, trace analysis and mathematical modelling to understand the sources and fate of organic contaminants in the environment.

Professor Michael McLachlan Seminar (PDF  , 1,199kb)



The CAPACITIE Project fellows regularly attend external conferences to the CAPACITIE Project and in addition, will attend two CAPACITIE conferences. Details of any conferences attended by the fellows will be posted on this page.


The CAPACITIE Project fellows will take place in a number of public engagement and outreach activities, the details of which will be posted here.

York Festival of Ideas: Science out of the Lab

The CAPACITIE Project fellows attended and took part in the 'Science out of the Lab' event, part of the York Festival of Ideas on Friday, 13th June, 2014. The event, held in Parliament Square, York, included interactive stalls run by scientists from a wide range of departments at the University of York. For more detail on the CAPACITIE display, please see our news page.

YorNight 2014: CAPACITIE Takes Part in EU-Funded Researchers' Night

YorNight was part of an EU-funded initiative that displayed research from 300 cities across Europe. This year, the research night included four UK cities (York, Birmingham, Bristol and the Natural History Museum, London). The aim of YorNight was to engage the public in a wide range of research carried out at the university (through exhibitions and stalls, including hands-on demonstrations, talks, workshops, games and tours) and to show how research is relevant to people's everyday lives.


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