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Alena Bartonova

Alena Bartonova


Dr Alena Bartonova, PhD serves as Research Director, coordinator for EU and UAE research and Manager, European Topic Center for Air, Transport, Noise and Industrial Pollution, currently posted at Kjeller, Norway.

She has a MSc and a RNDr degree in Probability and Mathematical Statistics from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, CZ, and PhD in Environmental Sciences from the Faculty of Science of the same University.

Her research interests include the relationship between human health and well-being and the environment, integrated assessment, human exposure assessment for air pollution, and the role of science in society.

Alena started at NILU as a post doc 1987-1990, when she was studying environmental epidemiology methods and the relationship between air pollution and material damage.

She has also worked on evaluation and prediction of air quality on local and regional scale, and in national and international projects relating air quality and effects, often integrating knowledge from emissions to economic evaluation.

She is active in international collaborative research in Europe, and has served in expert groups within the fifth and 7th Framework Programs for research of the EU, and as a member of  SCHER.

She has coordinated or co-coordinated several EU-co-funded projects, as well as other international collaborative research and assessment activities.

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Britt Ann Høiskaar

Britt Ann Kåstad Høiskar


Dr. Britt Ann K. Høiskar holds the position of Research Director in the Department for Urban Environment and Industry at NILU. She earned her doctoral degree in physics from the University of Oslo in 1997, with a research focus on measurement of the ozone layer and ozone-depleting substances in the stratosphere from ground-based measurements.

During the period from 1997 to 2007, Høiskar served as a senior researcher at NILU. Her responsibilities included overseeing the operation and maintenance of the national system for monitoring the ozone layer and natural ultraviolet radiation (2001-2004). She was also involved in the development and management of an internet solution for presenting, quality control, and analysis of air quality data from the measurement network for air quality in Norwegian cities (2003-2006).

From 2008 to 2013, Høiskar held the position of Head of the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, where she was responsible for the organization’s policies and projects related to outdoor air pollution and indoor air quality.

Since January 2014, Høiskar has been a senior researcher in the Urban and Industrial Department at NILU. In June 2017, she assumed the role of Research Director and department leader. Høiskar has led and participated in air quality assessments for several Norwegian cities. Furthermore, she is and has been involved in various research projects related to the indoor environment. She has been the chairman/board member of Norsk Innemiljøorganisasjon, which represents the Norwegian branch of ‘The International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate’ (www.isiaq.org). since 2009.

Philipp Schneider

Philipp Schneider


Dr. (Mr.) Philipp Schneider is a senior research scientist at NILU.

He received his PhD in 2008 from the University of California-Santa Barbara focusing on satellite remote sensing and spatial data analysis. Subsequently he held a position as postdoctoral research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology.

Philipp has extensive experience in the application of satellite remote sensing techniques for mapping and monitoring the environment. His current research focuses primarily on the use of satellite remote sensing data for applications in atmospheric composition and air quality.

Previously he has worked on multiple projects related to exploitation and validation of satellite-based land and lake surface temperature. In addition, he works on developing methods and tools to carry out geostatistical data fusion and data assimilation for combining air quality observations with model data to improve urban- and regional-scale mapping of air quality.

He acts as a reviewer for multiple scientific publications related to satellite remote sensing, air quality, and the environment. He has given over 200 presentations at international scientific conferences and workshops and has authored dozens of technical reports.

Philipp has been appointed a member of the Research Council of Norway National Reference Group for Horizon Europe Cluster 4 on Digital, industry and space. He is author of 45 peer-reviewed journal publications, with over 5500 citations and an h-index of 26.