Pedro Branco (1988) has a Master (2011) and a PhD degree with Cum Laude distinction (European Doctorate, September 2019) in Environmental Engineering from Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP). His scientific career started in September 2012 at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE), working in INAIRCHILD project (2012-2015) "Indoor Air Pollution on Nurseries and Primary Schools: Impact on Childhood Asthma". Branco was awarded a FCT PhD scholarship (2014) under the topic "Impact of Indoor Air Pollution on Childhood Asthma". During PhD, Branco has participated in 5 national R&D projects, and started his international career in 2017 as a visiting researcher with a 3 months STSM at Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), working in an European project (HELIX). Since the completion of his PhD (30 months ago), Branco has been working as a Junior Researcher at LEPABE, mostly in 2 projects: "SENSINAIR - Low-cost sensors as a tool to reduce air pollution on nursery and primary schools: impact on childhood asthma" (https://sensinair.fe.up.pt/), and "ArRisCO: Firefighters' occupational exposure to air pollution - impact on COPD and asthma" (https://arrisco.fe.up.pt/), coordinating key R&D activities, and being responsible for management and communication. Since PhD, as an Early Career Investigator (ECI) he has been actively involved in the European Indoor Air Pollution Network (COST Action INDAIRPOLLNET, https://indairpollnet.eu/) independently of his supervisors, having participated in 3 general meetings, 1 ECI Workshop and 1 Training School, organising 2 ECI events and contributing for the WG4 (low-cost sensors for IAQ) and WG5 (educational and healthcare buildings). Branco published 21 papers in index journals (SCOPUS based h-index 11; 334 citations), with mean IF of 5.52, of which 17 in Q1 (all top 10%) and 4 in Q2 journals. He is first author in 10 of those papers (mean IF of 6.24; 8 in Q1). He has made 26 publications in international conference proceedings (3 more accepted), 18 oral (6 by invitation) and 3 poster presentations, and co-authored 3 book chapters (with ISBN). He is invited reviewer in 11 indexed journals, Editorial Board Member in "Pollutants", and Guest Editor in 2 Special Issues (Sustainability and Pollutants). He is an invited reviewer at IndoorAir2022, the major International Conference on Indoor Air Quality. His PhD thesis was awarded both the European title and the Cum Laude (the highest distinction from UPorto). He was also awarded with the best oral presentation in one international event. Branco has teaching and mentoring experience in the scientific field of this application: co-supervised 3 Master students, is mentoring 2 PhD students and 1 Research fellow under the SENSINAIR project, and has been invited lecturer at the Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering at FEUP (Introduction to Research I), teaching Statistics, R programming and Design of Experiments to PhD students. Branco was involved on the organising committee of 4 international scientific events and other dissemination/outreach activities: co-coordinated LEPABE institutional movie (2018), and promoted R&I in public open-days, in schools and in city councils. He also participated in several training events, and has acquired several technical skills, namely related with data analysis (advanced statistical modelling, machine learning), teaching/mentoring, project management and communication.

Personal identification

Full name
Pedro Tiago Barbosa da Silva Branco

Citation names

  • Branco, Pedro
  • Pedro TBS Branco
  • PTBS Branco
  • Branco, P.T.B.S.
  • Branco, Pedro T.B.S.

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Email addresses

  • up200606911@fe.up.pt (Professional)
  • p.branco@fe.up.pt (Professional)
  • pbranco@fe.up.pt (Professional)


  • (+351) 22 508 147 (Professional)


  • Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n, 4200-465, Porto, Porto, Portugal (Professional)


  • https://lepabe.fe.up.pt/p_branco.html (Scholar)

Knowledge fields

  • Engineering and Technology - Environmental Engineering


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Upper intermediate (B2) Advanced (C1) Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1) Upper intermediate (B2)
French Elementary (A2) Upper intermediate (B2) Elementary (A2) Intermediate (B1) Elementary (A2)


Conference paper
  1. Branco, P.T.B.S.; Sofia I. V. Sousa; Lidia Morawska; Isabella Annesi-Maesano; Juliana P. Sá. "How to quantify impacts of low-cost solutions to mitigate indoor air pollution (IAP) in schools?". Paper presented in IndoorAir 2022 - 17th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Kuopio, 2022.