Analysis and Solutions: Responding to the Clean Air Challenge

We are excited to bring you an update on the 2024 Clean Air Conference ‘Analysis and Solutions: Responding to the Clean Air Challenge‘, taking place at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Birmingham on the 2nd and 3rd October 2024.

See below on how to register for a place, spaces are limited.

The Venue

Nestled in leafy Edgbaston, on the edge of the University Campus, the hotel is owned by the University of Birmingham and is just two miles from Birmingham City Centre and easily accessible by road, rail and air. The hotel boasts comfortable accommodation, cutting edge conference spaces, restaurant and bar and is within easy walking distance of many attractions, including Winterbourne House and Garden, Barber Institute of Fine Arts and The Bramall concert venue. There is a car park on site with electric charging points.

Conference themes

The conference will be addressing four overarching themes:

1. The lifetime impact of air pollution: New tools to address the health impact of air quality on the population, with a focus on vulnerable groups and the importance of both indoor and outdoor exposure.

2. Innovative developments driving impact: The new methods and technologies developed during the Clean Air programme that are improving our understanding of air quality issues and reducing their impact.

3. From research to the real world: Implementing the outputs from air quality research findings in diverse user communities including communicating benefits, the standardisation of methods and informing future clean air policies.

4. The evolving clean air landscape: Positioning the clean air community to meet future challenges such as the transition to a low (net zero) carbon economy

Invited speakers

We are thrilled to have a diverse lineup of external speakers from a wide range of disciplines and research areas:

Professor Sir Michael Marmot (Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London).

Professor Louise Heathwaite (Distinguished Professor in the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research and Enterprise. New executive Chair of NERC).

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui (Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and Honorary Professor in the Center for Psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London).

Professor Alastair Lewis (Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at University of York).

Professor David Topping (Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Manchester, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ).

Stay tuned to keep up with all the latest conference news and book here to join us.

Special invitation to ECR’s

Join us for our ECR Breakfast Events, where you can network, learn, and enjoy a free breakfast before the Clean Air Programme Conference.

ECR Breakfast Events

Come join us for breakfast, networking and knowledge-sharing at the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre. These in-person events are a great opportunity for Early Career Researchers to connect, learn, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast together.

Don’t miss out on this chance to meet other professionals in your field and expand your professional network.

Sign up: here

Wed 2 October 9:00 – 10:30am

We want to hear from you about shaping a Clean Air Programme Alumni network. We are arranging for representatives from existing ECR networks to join this event and share what their organisation offers. However, it may be that we decide to form our own community of Air Quality researchers of the future.

Secondly, we want to give a voice to what you see as the key current and upcoming air quality challenges. NERC have told us they are very interested in hearing from the ECRs on what direction Air Quality research is heading. We have allocated time in the programme on Day 2 to present your comments in the main conference room.

Thursday 3 October 8:30 – 9:30am

Since most delegates are staying overnight, we will start early, providing food and refreshments. One of the key ECR training sessions led by the Clean Air Champions has been our Media Training Course. Since we are meeting in person, we want to build on this with an advanced media session that goes beyond what our online course offers and doesn’t repeat content for those who have already attended. Therefore, we have arranged for the University of Birmingham Press Office to deliver a session on Expert Comment. They will share how they prepare experts for media interactions, and facilitate connections to deliver your expert knowledge.


Abstract Submissions closed

We would like to thank everyone who has submitted their work for consideration. Please get in touch with us at to learn more about the programme.

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