Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our confirmed keynote speakers. Stay tuned – more speakers to be announced shortly!

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.

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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