Air Quality News Conference North : Manchester – Midland Hotel – 14th Sept 2021

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The Northern Air Quality News Conference serves as a platform for business, local authorities and the third sector to learn and network as an industry.

As the levels of toxic air in our towns and cities increases and the numbers of deaths which are attributed to air pollution grow, there is a clear and perceptual change in mindset with regard to delivering policies that offer quantifiable solutions across health, energy, urban design and transport.   

The Northern Air Quality News Conference explores some of the issues and the possible solutions to the increasing levels of toxic air in our communities.

The conference agenda includes presentations from organisations and sector-leading specialists including:

  • Dr Gary Fuller from King’s College London, directors from the Joint Air Quality Unit,  Jane Burston from Clean Air Fund,  Dr Suzanne Bartington from the University of Birmingham and Katie Nield from ClientEarth.


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14th Sept 2021

 Midland Hotel, Manchester

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9.45 – 9.50: Welcome Address – Stephen Cirell – Advisory Energy Consultant – Conference Chair 

9.50 – 10.35: Kings College London – On the history of public health and air pollution and how we got to this point: Dr Gary Fuller – Senior Lecturer

10.35 – 11.15: Joint Air Quality Unit (Defra/Department for Transport) – On how they’ve worked with local authorities and clean air plans: Directors – Isobel Pastor & Suzanne Trueman 

11.15 -11.40: Refreshments & Networking

11.40 – 12.25 : Leeds City Council – Air quality – the challenges and opportunities from a local authority perspective: Polly Cook – Chief Officer, Sustainable Energy & Air Quality 

12.25 – 1.30 : Lunch & Networking

1.30 – 2.00:  Mayor of Greater Manchester Keynote Address – Andy Burnham*

2.00 – 2.40 : Clean Air Fund – On the economic arguments and opportunities for Clean Air Zones: Jane Burston – Executive Director

2.40 – 3.25 : ClientEarth : Katie Nield – Clean Air Lawyer

3.25 – 3.50: Refreshments & Networking

3.50 – 4.30: University of Birmingham – On why indoor air pollution will be next on the agenda for local authorities: Dr Suzanne Bartington – Clinical Research Fellow in the Institute of Applied Health Research. (Oxford City Council councillor)

4.30 – 5.15: Discussion Panel – Audience Q&A with 5 experts from the sector.

5.15: Closing remarks from Stephen Cirell, Chair.

5.20: Drinks & Hor d’oeuvres: Networking – Sponsored in association with the British Safety Council


(* Please note: Due to the Greater Manchester mayoral elections, Mr Burnham’s office cannot confirm his attendance until closer to the date of the conference. He is intending to speak and we will update the website as soon as we have further information)  

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