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Air quality, past, present and future

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Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Scientific Plus meeting organised by Professor David Fowler CBE FRS, Professor John Pyle FRS, Professor Mark Sutton and Professor Martin Williams.

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This meeting will bring 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 will first cover the chronology of atmospheric composition in the UK and Europe over the last century. This will be followed by two similar chronologies of the effects of the air pollutants on human health and on ecosystems. The papers presented at this meeting will identify 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.

Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

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.

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advance registration is essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

11 November

09:00-12:30

Session 1: The Past 1900 - 2010

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Chairs

Professor John Pyle FRS, University of Cambridge, UK

09:05-09:40 A chronology of global air pollution 1800-2010

Professor David Fowler CBE FRS, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Edinburgh Research Station), UK

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09:40-10:15 Effects of air pollution on human health – from historical events to the present day

Professor Michelle Bell, Yale University, UK

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10:15-10:50 Effects of air pollution on the managed and natural environment

Dr Carly Stevens, Lancaster Environment Centre, UK

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10:50-11:20 Coffee

11:25-11:50 Effects of ozone on food security and natural ecosystems

Professor Lisa Emberson, University of York, UK

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11:55-12:30 The role of international policy instruments in improving European Air Quality

Ms Anna Engleryd, Chair of UNECE Air Convention, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Sweden

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13:30-16:55

Session 2: Current air pollution issues

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Professor Louise Heathwaite CBE, Lancaster University, UK

13:30-14:05 Airborne particulate matter

Professor Roy M Harrison OBE FRS, University of Birmingham, UK

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14:05-14:40 Ecosystem-Atmosphere exchange of particulate matter

14:40-15:15 Using epidemiology to estimate the impact and burden of exposure to air pollutants

Alison Gowers, Public Health England, UK

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15:15-15:45 Tea

15:45-16:20 Toxicology of airborne particles

Professor Frank Kelly FMedSci, King's College London, UK

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16:20-16:55 Strategic epidemiological approaches to catalyze air quality actions on ambient and household air pollution in India

Professor Kalpana Balakrishnan, Sri Ramachandra Universitty, Chennai (SRU), India

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16:55-18:00 Poster Session

12 November

09:00-12:30

Session 3: Current air pollution issues

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Alison Gowers, Public Health England, UK

09:00-09:40 Ozone: sources, global and regional distribution and response to control measures

Professor Paul Monks, University of Leicester, UK

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10:15-10:50 The role of reactive nitrogen in environmental issues in China

Professor Liu Xuejun, China Agricultural University, China

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10:50-11:20 Coffee

11:20-11:55 The sources, chemistry and effects of particulate matter in Chinese megacities

Professor Mei Zheng, Peking University, China

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11:55-12:30 Recent changes in anthropogenic VOCs and implications for ozone policy

Professor Alastair Lewis, National Centre for Atmospheric Science and University of York, UK

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12:30-12:30 Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session 4: The future

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Chairs

Dr Sarah Moller, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of York, UK

13:30-14:05 Quantifying interactions between air quality and climate change during the 21st century

Alex Archibald, University of Cambridge and National Centre for Atmospheric Science, UK

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14:05-14:40 How will the effects of air quality on human health, ecosystems and food security change during the 21st century?

Professor Erika von Schneidemesser, IASS, Germany

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14:40-15:15 Controlling global air pollution, the policies, economics and likely trends through the 21st century

Dr Markus Amann, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

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15:15-15:45 Tea

15:45-17:00 Panel Discussion

Air quality, past, present and future

Scientific Plus meeting organised by Professor David Fowler CBE FRS, Professor John Pyle FRS, Professor Mark Sutton and Professor Martin Williams.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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