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Clean Air Networks' Conference 2023

Clean Air Networks’ Conference 2023

5-6 July 2023
University of Birmingham

The 2023 Clean Air Networks Conference, held at the University of Birmingham 5-6 July 2023, will showcase the networks’ wide ranging activities and identify, as a legacy for the UK Clean Air community, the next steps for both indoor and outdoor air quality research and policy. It is hosted by seven networks funded under the UK Clean Air Strategic Priority Fund, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Air Quality Network and the UKRI Clean Air Champions.

The conference programme will highlight the cross-cutting themes of the networks’ activities, presenting examples of their findings and collaborations with stakeholders. Delegates will have multiple opportunities to engage with discursive sessions that consider the implications of the networks’ findings and identify future research and policy needs. 

We are delighted to welcome Professor Roy Harrison to open the conference on day one with the Martin Williams Memorial Lecture and Professor Anna Hansell to open the second day with the Paul Wilkinson Memorial lecture. The conference will close with some reflections on the two days and the value of the networks moving forward.

The themes covered are:

  1. Air quality and Net Zero

This theme will explore how current and future air quality interventions affect the net zero agenda and vice versa, in terms of (i) direct emissions (e.g., changing from fossil-fuel car travel to electric vehicle/public transport/bike/foot) or (ii) increased/decreased energy use from using various indoor air quality improvement solutions (e.g., natural/mechanical ventilation, air purifiers, dehumidifiers.) which in turn will affect the GHG emissions related with energy production, or (iii) increased air tightness of buildings and concerns over energy consumption which can lead to poor indoor air quality. This theme will also consider any new inadvertent pollutants from emerging technologies and behavioral change in response to the net zero agenda and climate resilience strategies.


  1. Measurements, modeling and mechanisms

This theme will discuss different methods of measuring and modeling pollutant emission and transport mechanisms through the indoor-outdoor continuum across different scales. It will explore the challenges and opportunities for characterising and quantifying pollutants in the context of public health and wellbeing and highlight the role of computational models and simulation tools in better understanding air flow, pollutant transport and exposure risk. It will showcase the range of air quality measurement campaigns which have been carried out across the networks and how they demonstrate different intervention options in diverse environments and conditions for a variety of groups (especially vulnerable groups) and stakeholders. There will be an opportunity to discuss how to better connect this data and knowledge to improve policy and air quality intervention strategies, what the role of innovative technologies are in the future of measurements and modeling, and whether pollutant sampling and analysis standardisation approaches need updating.


  1. Health and inequalities

This theme will consider the links between air quality data, human exposure, and physical and mental health data and how this linked understanding can be applied to wider societal inequalities. Topics discussed and studies shared will include, but are not limited to: specific pollutant exposure risks to vulnerable groups in different environments (e.g., damp in social housing, repeat exposure to traffic pollution, elderly people in poorly ventilated care homes) and the interventions needed to reduce these risks; general health impacts of different pollutants; the role of human behaviour on air quality; the availability and role of green and blue spaces to different demographic groups; and methods of  communicating the most promising intervention options to vulnerable groups.


  1. Lived experience and public engagement

This theme is focussed on the engagement and outreach activities that have been ongoing in the networks. This encompasses stakeholder and public engagement for targeted policy, industry and educational activities. Outputs showcased will include citizen science based co-designed air quality studies, mitigation recommendations, raising-awareness campaigns, and educational and guidance material. The theme will also explore how to effectively connect behavioural science understandings to pollutant source/exposure data, and the public perception of (and response to) air quality intervention strategies.



The conference is aimed at academics who work across the atmospheric, health, social and building science disciplines, and policy makers, industry partners and civic sector groups with an interest in outdoor and indoor air quality and its human health impacts. There will be plenty of opportunity for networking during the two days and at the evening conference dinner.


Edgbaston Park Hotel, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, University of Birmingham, B15 2RS


Travel bursaries will be offered to enable those without funds to participate. If you are already associated with one of the Clean Air Networks , please contact them in the first instance. For those not directly connected to a network, please see funding opportunities here


Preliminary Programme

Day 1 - Wednesday 5th July 2023
 10:00 - 10:30 Registration and Refreshments 
 10:30 - 10:40 Conference Welcome 
 10:40 - 11:20 

Martin Williams Memorial Lecture - Professor Roy Harrison, University of Birmingham

 11:20 - 12:00  Session 1: Introduction to each Network from Network PIs
 12:00 - 12:30 Break 
 12:30 - 13:30  Session 2: Lightening Talks and Marketplace Discussion 

(Themes: Air quality and Net Zero, Measurements, Mechanisms and Modelling, Health and Inequalities, Involvement and Engagement)

 13:30 - 14:30


Optional air quality research supersite tours at 13:30 and 14:00

 14:30 - 15:30  Session 3: Longform talks with Q&A (Themes: Air quality and Net Zero, Measurements, Mechanisms and Modelling, Health and Inequalities, Involvement and Engagement)
 15:30 - 16:00  Break 
16:00 - 17:00  Feedback from each theme 
 17:00 - 18:00   Optional air quality research supersite tours at 17:00 and 17:30
 18:00 - 19:00   Free Time
 19:00  Conference Dinner
Day 2 - Thursday 6th July 2023
9:00 - 9:30 Refreshments and Welcome 
9:30 - 10:15 Paul Wilkinson Memorial Lecture - Anna Hansell, University of Leicester
10:15 - 10:30  Introduction to Day 2
10:30 - 11:30 Session 1: Strategic direction of future research (Themes: Monitoring/Facilities, Exposure and Health Linkage, Behaviour)
11:30 - 12:00  Break
12:00 - 13:00

Session 2: Key messages for policy, industry and public stakeholders (Themes: Informing regulations, Environment and Net Zero, Solutions)

13:00 - 14:00  Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Plenary: discussion on the value of networks and future steps
 15:00  Conference Close



Breathing City: Future Urban Ventilation Network


Metrology Network (via National Physical Laboratory)

SAQN (STFC Air Quality Network)

TAPAS (Tackling Air Pollution in Schools)

TRANSITION Clean Air Network

UK Clean Air Champions


Past Events


CleanAir4V Seminar 15th September

Date: 15th September 2021
Time: 12-1pm
Speaker: Professor Zhuohui Zhao from Fudan University
 Professor Zhaos' research interests particularly focus on indoor air pollution, environmental exposure and health and childhood environmental exposure. She has publications on topics covering PM2.5 and PM1 to bioaerosols and microorganisms. Much of the work links air pollutants to health impacts such as sick building syndrome and chronic respiratory diseases. Notable papers include: 
Zhang, A. et al., 2021. Indoor PM2.5 concentrations in China: A concise review of the literature published in the past 40 years. Building and Environment, 198, p.107898.
Chen, T. et al., 2021. Acute respiratory response to individual particle exposure (PM1.0, PM2.5 AND PM10) in the elderly with and without chronic respiratory diseases. Environmental Pollution, 271, p.116329.
Location: Online Via Zoom
Title: "Intervention Studies on Air pollution and health in China"

Communicating Clean Air Research-Clean Air Day Event 2021

Date: 17th June 2021
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Meeting on Zoom
Speakers: Charlotte Zamboni, Global Action PlanLukasz Walasek, Warwick University; Mike Morrision, Michigan State University
As part of Clean Air Day 2021, we ask how the research community can 'translate' air quality science into messaging, media stories and social media campaigns that cut through to the public, and enable them to join the conversation and take action.
Clean Air Day is focused on improving public understanding of air pollution and building awareness of how air pollution impacts our health. This event is organised jointly by the the six SPF-Clean Air funded air quality networks.
The event will be hosted by Prof Cath Noakes, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings at the University of Leeds.
Speakers as follows:
Charlotte Zamboni, Marketing Director, Global Action Plan: Playing on the positive - Turning clean air research into compelling communications
Lukasz Walasek, University of Warwick: How do we turn communications into action? Insights from behavioural science.
Mike Morrison, Michigan State University: Learn some user-experience design principles to help you get your science out there!
There will be plenty of time for discussion and to explore ideas with the panel.

CleanAir4V Research Seminar

Date: 30th April 2021
Time: 14:30-15:30
Speaker: Dr Manabu Shiraiwa from University of California, Irvine 
Location: Online Via Zoom
Title: "Modeling consortium for chemistry of indoor environments (MOCCIE): integrating chemical processes from molecular to room scales"
Abstract: I present on the development of the MOCCIE that connects models over a range of spatial and temporal scales, from molecular to room scales and from sub-nanosecond to days, respectively. Our modeling approaches include molecular dynamics simulations, kinetic process modeling, gas-phase chemistry modeling, organic aerosol modeling, and computational fluid dynamics simulations. These models are applied to investigate ozone reactions with skin and clothing, oxidation of volatile organic compounds and formation of secondary organic aerosols, and mass transport and partitioning of indoor species to surfaces. This development establishes a framework to integrate different modeling tools and experimental measurements, opening up an avenue for development of comprehensive and integrated models with representations of various chemistry in indoor environments.

Launch Event

Date: 15th December 2020
Time: 10:30-12:00
Location: Online Via Zoom
Meeting slides, notes and agenda

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