This meeting brought together a range of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners working in fields related to air pollution, including human health, environmental policy and atmospheric composition in developing nations.
The science presented first covered the chronology of atmospheric composition in the UK and Europe over the last century. This was followed by two similar chronologies of the effects of the air pollutants on human health and on ecosystems. The papers presented at this meeting identified scientific and policy issues central to these chronologies, their potential solutions and their costs.
Air quality is currently responsible for 7 million premature deaths annually, extensive crop loss and biodiversity declines in Europe, North America and Asia. It contributes to climate change and is highly policy relevant.
In the UK, acid rain, premature mortality, ozone and eutrophication have all been issues caused by air pollution. Some of these issues have been solved, while others remain politically intractable. Current and future issues will not be resolved without substantial reductions in emissions of the pollutant precursors, for which there is limited political support.
An accompanying journal issue for this meeting was published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.
Video recordings of this event are available at the top of the page. To find the recording of a particular talk, please click the playlist in the top right hand corner of the video. Please note, recordings are only available for those talks where the speaker has given permission for their talk to be published.
Call for posters
There will be a poster session and drinks reception held at 16:55 on Monday 11 November 2019. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words and must be in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team with the subject heading "Air Quality: poster abstract" no later than Monday 30 September. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster/talk abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.
Whilst the posters are free to view for all registered participants, the corresponding optional drinks reception is ticketed. Drinks reception tickets can be purchased in advance during registration.
Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team