Our ANIMA partners at Manchester Metropolitan University conducted interviews with aviation noise stakeholders to understand perspectives on current approaches to aviation noise management and policy. These interviews, led by Dr. Graeme Heyes helped us understand attitudes towards noise policy and the effectiveness of mitigation measures implemented to reduce noise exposure. They have also proved useful in disseminating the work of ANIMA, spreading the word of the project’s aims, and ensuring that noise stakeholders are listened to and included in the research. Dr. Heyes said that “these interviews have been a fantastic opportunity to gain deep insight into the current noise management practice at European airports. Not just to understand what airports are doing, but also to identify the challenges posed and how these have been overcome. They have proved incredibly beneficial in our ability to better understand the current ‘state-of-the-art and have laid a strong foundation on which following ANIMA outcomes can be based”.
At the initiative of Manchester Metropolitan University, two ANIMA partners from Romania (COMOTI and Iasi Airport) attended a study visit to United Kingdom. There they met with the representatives of Heathrow Airport to discuss the airport’s approaches to noise management, specifically Land-Use Planning. The trip also included a visit to a community location where aircraft approaching the North Runway could be observed, and the noise exposure experienced first-hand. This was a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the ANIMA partners and to facilitate knowledge exchange between London Heathrow and Iasi Airport. As part of this trip, professor Paul Hooper of Manchester Met also provided a lecture on Land-Use Planning experiences in the UK.
Bucharest, 16 March 2018 – The ANIMA partners gathered in Bucharest between 12-15 March to showcase their efforts and progress made on the project’s deliverables. The Technical Review and Project Management Meeting is a biannual joint meeting which gathers all project partners in order to assess the state of play of the work being carried out. The 1st technical meeting took place on 13-14 March and was kindly hosted by the ANIMA partner COMOTI (Romanian Research & Development Institute for Gas Turbines). Additionally, several side meetings were organised by the work package leaders, showing that the ANIMA consortium works together along with a shared vision towards successful project completion. The first Technical Review and Project Management Meeting, organised by the Romanian partner COMOTI, gave the chance for the consortium to display their efforts. The attendees enjoyed welcome addresses given by Prof. Pleter, Dean of the Aerospace Engineering Faculty at University Politechnica, Valentin Silivestru, Director General of COMOTI and Catalin Nae, Chairman of INCAS and current chairman of EREA. Each work package presented updates on its activities, showed visible progress on its tasks and initiated further reflection on the next steps to be taken in order to ensure that the project’s […]
Brussels, 6 March 2018 – ANIMA project has been presented to policymakers at the European Parliament today. ANIMA stands for Aviation Noise Impact Management through Novel Approaches and is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. Finnish MEP Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL) hosted the breakfast meeting during which over 50 guests gathered to hear the ambitious goals of the aircraft noise-tackling initiative. Among the attendees were members of the research community, representatives of the aviation industry and officials of the European Commission and several public authorities. In 2014, over 2,5 million people were exposed to noise at 45 major European airports. As air traffic is growing, this number might increase by 15% until 2035 (European Aviation Environmental Report, 2016). Aviation noise impacts health and quality of life and thus generates community reaction, affecting the airports’ ability to grow and hinder subsequent economic growth. Non-acoustical factors play a major role in noise annoyance management and therefore it is necessary to shed light on the topic, making it a priority in the policymakers’ agendas. The ANIMA project is a people-oriented research project. It aims at identifying and diffusing best practices to lower the noise annoyance endured by communities around […]