Keynote Speakers

Professor Michael Brauer

Michael Brauer is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia. His research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution, the global health impacts of air pollution and the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form and population health. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on advisory committees to the World Health Organization, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia. He is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and a member of the Core Analytic Team for the Global Burden of Disease. His contributions to environmental health have been acknowledged by a number of awards including the Wesolowski Award from the International Society of Exposure Science, WH Thurlbeck Prize for Research in Lung Disease from the Wolf and Ghita Churg Foundation, the Bastable-Potts Asthma Research Prize and the Innovation in Health Research Award from the Asthma Society of Canada, the Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence from the UBC Faculty of Medicine and several publication awards.

Mr Bart Croes

Bart Croes is the Chief of the Research Division for the California Air Resources Board, with responsibilities for California’s ambient air quality standard reviews; health, exposure, atmospheric processes, and emissions research; indoor air quality program; and mitigation of high global warming potential gases. Mr. Croes has published peer-reviewed articles on air pollution and public health, air quality simulation modeling, emission inventory evaluation, reactivity-based VOC controls, toxic air contaminants, acid deposition, the weekend effect for ozone and PM, air quality data analysis and trends, and climate change impacts on California. He holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and is a registered Professional Chemical Engineer in the State of California.

Dr Lisa Emberson

Reader in Environmental Science
Centre Director Stockholm Environment Institute at York (SEI York)
Environment Department, University of York, United Kingdom
Main areas of expertise: Air pollution and climate change impacts on plant physiology, scaling to whole crop, tree and grassland productivity. Development of risk assessment methodologies for air quality guidelines to protect vegetation.
Her research focuses on developing eco-physiological modelling methods to understand the deposition and exchange of air pollutants in relation to C, N and water vapour cycling in forests, crops and grassland ecosystems. This research has helped develop risk assessment methods to define air quality guidelines for policy for the UNECE LRTAP ‘Critical Level’ air quality targets. She also advised the Malé Declaration on methods to control and prevent air pollution in South Asia. She was lead author on a number of global assessments (UNEPs Global Environment Outlook; UNECEs Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution; IASSAs Global Energy Assessment; UNEP/WMO Ozone and Black Carbon Assessment). Since 2012 she has been the Centre Director of SEIs York office.

Dr Dorota Jarosinska

Dorota Jarosinska MD, PhD is a specialist in public health with 25 years of experience in environmental medicine and environmental health at national and international levels. Since November 2014, she has been working at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Bonn, leading a programme on Living and Working Environments, which covers health aspects of air pollution, noise, chemical safety, and the work on environmentally sustainable health systems. After graduating from the School of Medicine, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, she completed a postgraduate training on Advanced Environmental Sanitation in the Netherlands, and a training in environmental health for physicians in Poland. She was a Fulbright scholar at the Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, US. She was leading the first unit of environmental medicine in Poland. For nine years, she worked at the European Environment Agency (EEA) on environment and health issues. Authored several scientific papers and contributed to the reports by EEA, WHO, and UNEP, including Synthesis of the European Environment State and Outlook, and the EEA/JRC Environment and Health report. She is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini.

Dr Melita Keywood

Melita Keywood is a Principal Research Scientist in the Climate Science Centre of the Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit of CSIRO. Melita completed her PhD in environmental geochemistry at the Australian National University in 1996 and has worked at CSIRO since, with two six-month breaks taken up with maternity leave. Between 2002 and 2004 Melita visited the Californian Institute of Technology, working with Professor John Seinfeld on the laboratory simulation of secondary organic aerosol.
Melita’s research expertise lies in the chemical and microphysical properties of atmospheric aerosol which she uses in a variety of applications ranging from tracking long term changes in aerosol microphysics and chemical composition of the remote marine boundary layer, to understanding aerosol growth and secondary organic aerosol in urban airsheds and biomass burning plumes. More recently Melita has been applying these expertise to the investigation of the impact of unconventional gas extraction on air quality.
Within CSIRO Melita co-shares the Group Leader role for the Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry Group, is the Lead Scientist for the Particles and Multiphase Atmospheric Chemistry Program at the Cape Grim Baseline Monitoring Station and leads several projects, including two within GISERA. Melita also undertakes significant international science leadership roles serving on the scientific steering committees of two global atmospheric chemistry programs and co-chairing an international activity on biomass burning.

Professor Guy Marks

Guy Marks is a respiratory physician and a respiratory and environmental epidemiologist. His main research interests are in chronic respiratory disease (asthma and COPD), tuberculosis control and the adverse health effects of exposure to air pollution. He is currently a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow. He is head of the Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology group at the Woolcock and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at UNSW, based at Liverpool Hospital. He was formerly head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at that hospital (from 1994 to 2007) and continues as a physician in that Department. His other major roles include Editor-in-Chief (lung diseases) of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Vice-President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Director the Australian Centre for Airways disease Monitoring (ACAM, a collaborating unit of the Australian Institute of Health Welfare), Chair of the NSW TB Advisory Committee, and Chair of the NSW Chief Health Officer’s Expert Advisory Committee on Air Pollution. He was awarded the Research Medal of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2010 and an Achievement Award by the NHMRC in 2013 for being the top-ranked applicant for a Research Fellowship in that year. During 2016, Dr Marks joined WHO in Geneva on a one year sabbatical to work with the unit on management of noncommunicable diseases (MND) on developing the global strategy for chronic lung disease in accordance with the Global Action Plan on Non Communicable Disease.

Declan O’Connor Cox

Declan O’Connor-Cox is the Director of Air Quality at the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy. His area leads air quality policy for the Australian Government and is responsible for evaluating and implementing national approaches to improving Australia’s air quality.
As well as finalising the National Clean Air Agreement, which focusses actions to improve air quality through cooperative action between industry and governments at the national, state and local level, his area led the development of the Product Emissions Standards Bill. This new air quality legislation follows more than a decade of work and provides a national framework to reduce emissions from a range of key unregulated sources. The first products to be regulated under the Bill will be non-Road Spark Ignition Engines and Equipment. These are small petrol engines such as lawn mowers and outboard motors that can significantly contribute to air pollution in our urban centres. The legislation delivers a key initial priority of the National Clean Air Agreement.
Declan has experience leading a range of diverse teams to deliver Australian Government initiatives in the environment, health and social policy areas. Previously, Declan led the Product Stewardship Section where he worked on reforms to the National Pollutant Inventory, and the Product Stewardship for Oil Scheme and worked with the industry to develop and implement the first national recycling scheme for end-of-life tyres.


jiming-haoResearch professor at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), in Barcelona, Spain. Research focussing on atmospheric sciences and environmental issues associated to power generation (mainly emissions of pollutants and recycling of wastes).

He has important contributions on atmospheric aerosols chemistry, especially in urban areas, and source apportionment, as well as on devising action plans and on the scientific evaluation of their effectiveness. He is leading or participating in numerous national and international research projects, produced around 500 SCI papers on environmental issues and supervised 27 PhD thesis. In 2014-2016 he included in the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2014 (1% most cited for subject fields and year of publication, He acted as advisor for air quality of several important city councils, regional governments, the Spanish Ministry of Environment (leading author of the Scientific Basis for the National Air Quality Plan) and DG Environment of the EC (II Position Paper on PM, contributor to different EC Guidance Documents, member of working groups on PM) as well as UNECE (vice-chairman of EMEP Scientific Bureau) and WHO (member of SAC of REVIHAAP and HRAPIE projects).

Professor Zissis Samaras

Zissis Samaras is a Full Professor and the Director of the Lab of Applied Thermodynamics, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. His research work deals primarily with engine and vehicle emissions testing and modelling. He has provided expert advice to a number of organizations and private sector customers, including the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, the World Bank, ACEA, CONCAWE. He coordinated a number of large European projects, including Particulate Characterization, ITS impact on emissions, OBD systems. He is elected Academic Member and Vice Chairman of the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) on “Energy, Environment and Resources”. He is the author of more than 250 scientific publications, among them more than 140 in peer-reviewed journals and seven book chapters, which received more than 3000 citations in peer reviewed articles, reviews and technical notes. Dr. Samaras has four international patents on topics related with exhaust gas aftertreatment and biofuels. He is the co-founder of two spin-off companies Exothermia SA (active in the field of exhaust aftertreatment) and Emisia SA (in the field of road transport emission inventories).

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