RTCA is an annual conference where air quality, public health and transport professionals, in both the private and public sectors, share their experiences of improving traffic emissions

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10th and 11th October 2023 - Holiday Inn, Manchester

Day 1 – Tuesday 10th October

Health Based Ventilation Design

Alice McLean, Associate Air Quality Consultant, Ramboll

New Tools from the SPF Clean Air Programme
Noel Nelson, SPF Clean Air – Senior Supplier, Met Office

Active PIV/MVHR – Retrofits that tick priority boxes
Andrew Hobbs, Managing Director, Healthy Indoor Environments Limited

Indoor AQ monitoring of central London Schools and Lessons Learnt
Lauren Nixon, Graduate Air Quality Consultant, WSP

Air Pollution Footprint Partnership
Ella Wingard, Air Quality Consultant, Ricardo

Indoor air quality monitoring study in modern offices
Emma Gibbons, PhD Candidate, UCL

Air Quality Challenges of Carbon Capture
Dr. Chris Hazell-Marshall, Technical Director, Environmental Resources Management

Air Quality and Climate Change: Lessons Learned
Dr Xiangyu Sheng, Director Air Quality, Climate & Carbon

Assessing Air Quality and Climate Change Impacts for Offshore Wind Farm Projects
Dr Saba Manzoor, Principal Air Quality Consultant, Environment, Water and Maritime UK and Joe Parsons, Senior Environmental Consultant, Environment UK

Air Quality Assessment of a Carbon Capture Centre
Leticia Campello, Air Quality Consultant, Hoare Lea

Ethical considerations when determining air quality policies
Michael Bull, Director, Michael Bull and Associates Ltd
Addressing Air Pollution in Net Zero work
Sarah Legge, Associate Director, Arup
Environmental Assessment Levels in relation to Carbon Capture and Storage
Rick Gould, Air Quality Senior Advisor, Environment Agency

Day 2 – Wednesday 11th October

Measuring air pollutant emissions using novel techniques
Francis Pope, Chair of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham

Dispersion modelling considerations for Net Zero and air quality
Catheryn Price, Principal Consultant, CERC

Addressing emissions from NRMM
Andrew Gordon, NRMM Project Manager and Luis Bassett, NRMM Project Coordinator, London Borough of Merton

Applied Source Apportionment  using Low Cost Sensors

Gordon Allison, Environmental Consultant, DustScanAQ

Insights from the Clean Air Networks Conference
Douglas Booker, Regional Clean Air Champion, Clean Air Programme

Developments in occupational hygiene and air quality
Mary Cameron, Occupational Hygienist, Health Partners and BOHS Board member
The discord between limit value compliance and the LAQM objective regime
Sarah Naylor, Principal Air Quality Consultant, Arcadis

The role of clean air zones in achieving the UK’s net-zero emissions target by 2050
Louis Brown, Research Associate, AQMRC, UWE Bristol

The Impact of the Clean Air Zone on Air Quality in Birmingham
Matthew Park, Graduate Air Quality Consultant, Air and Acoustic Consultants

Reducing Construction Emissions
Samuel Bradley, Senior Environmental Consultant, Arup

Updates to CURED and CREAM Emissions Models
Kate Wilkins, Senior Air Quality Consultant, Air Quality Consultants Ltd


27th September 2022 - Woburn House, London

Vehicle Emissions
What’s in a tyre?
James Hobday, Business Development Director, Emissions Analytics

How “gross emitting” vehicles can spoil local air quality
Dr Mark Peckham, Director, Cambustion Ltd

New evidence on ammonia emissions from road vehicles based on comprehensive remote sensing data
Dr Naomi Farren, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of York

Updates on ULEZ, CAZs
From evidence to policy – evaluating the health impact of the Bradford Clean Air Zone
Professor Rosie McEachan, Director, Born in Bradford, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Expanding London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone
Taryn Ferguson, Principal Policy & Programme Officer (Air Quality), Greater London Authority

Indoor Air Quality
Designing good air quality, what do we consider for a healthy building design
Kathryn Wooley, Associate, Hoare Lea

Efforts to help deliver change to school air quality in the UK
Dr Henry Burridge, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

Enabling resilient indoor environments – learning from a pandemic
Professor Catherine Noakes, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, Deputy Director Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics, University of Leeds
Air Quality and Climate Change, how holistic is holistic approach?
Dr Xiangyu Sheng, Director, Temple

16th-17th September 2019 - Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel

Day 1
Dr Martin Williams (King’s College London) – Some thoughts on future air quality issues
Audrey de Nazelle (Imperial College) – Making the case for holistic thinking about urban air quality policies
Professor Duncan Laxen (Air Quality Consultants) – Trends in NO₂ and NOx concentrations across the UK
Dr Karen Exley (Public Health England) – Outdoor air quality and health: Evidence to action

Improving air quality
Dr Bill Parish (Defra) – Delivering the Clean Air Strategy
Martin Lutz (Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection) – Update on German city measures to control (diesel) vehicle emissions
Katherine Nield (ClientEarth) – The legal battle for clean air: Taking stock and looking forward
Ruth Calderwood (City of London Corporation) – Delivering cleaner air in the city of London
Robert Evans (CENEX) – Prospects for Electric Vehicles from now to 2030

Day 2
Low Cost Sensors
Dr Pete Edwards (York University) – What does the future hold for low cost air pollution sensors?
Dr Rosalind O’Driscoll (GLA) – Breathe London: A pilot low cost sensor network

Transport Emissions
Dr Leon Nziachristos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) – Emission performance of vehicles and vessels with latest regulatory initiatives
Dr Matt Loxham (Southampton University) – Potential health effects of shipping-related PM
Nick Molden (Emissions Analytics) – Hidden pollution exposure inside the vehicle cabin, and why an alternative approach to Clean Air Zones is required to achieve good air quality

Health Effects
Susan Zappala (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) – The right evidence for the job: Evidence and challenge in ecological assessment
Dr Ian Mudway (King’s College London) – Health effects of PM2.5. Is there anything new to add?

29th-30th October 2018 - Birmingham Conference & Events Centre

Day 1
Ian Mudway (King’s College London) – Reflections on diesel exposures in professional drivers – a poorly quantified risk
Jo Barnes (UWE) – Qualitative assessment of links between exposure to noise and air pollution and socioeconomic status
Francis Pope (University of Birmingham) – PM exposure and cognition – embargoed 
Jillian Anable (University of Leeds) Public concern about air quality: the key to pro-social mobility behaviour? – awaiting slides
Esfandiar Burman (University College London) – Indoor Air Quality in Low Carbon Buildings: A cross-sectoral analysis

Natural Environment
Nick Hewitt (Lancaster University) – Using green infrastructure to improve urban air quality (GI4AQ) (with Kirsti Ashworth, Lancaster University and Prof Rob MacKenzie, University of Birmingham)
Mark Wilmot (AERIUS, The Netherlands) – AERIUS: The calculation instrument of the Dutch integrated approach to Nitrogen and the National Air Quality Cooperation Programme
Susan Zappala (Natural England) – Nitrogen deposition: exploring strategic approaches from policy to modelling

Best Practice
William Bloss (University of Birmingham) – West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme (WPAQIP) 
Jenny Stocker (CERC) – Best practice air quality modelling using ADMS

Gary Fuller (King’s College London) – Woodburning in the UK
Jack Pease (Air Quality Bulletin) – Firewood standards: a contradiction in terms?

Day 2
Road Transport
Mark Peckham (Cambustion) – Transient engine emissions and their impact on (very) local air quality
Rebecca Rose (Ricardo) – Real-world measurements of ammonia emissions from vehicles
Nick Molden (Emissions Analytics) – The first Real Driving Emissions results, consequences for Euro 6 diesels and how to make a clear air zone work

Stephen Inch (Greater London Authority) – London’s approach to cleaning the air: Integrated Air Quality policies
Nigel Bellamy (Air Quality Consultants) – Clear Air Zones – What are Local Authorities Proposing?
Lee Davies (Defra) – The new Clean Air Strategy and national policy context

Indoor Air Quality
Douglas Booker (NAQTS) – Vehicle Interior Air Quality
Chris Birch (Hilson Moran) – Well Building Standard & Workplace Air quality
Peter Dyment (Camfil Ltd) – How Molecular filters work – NO2 removal for City air

24th-25th October 2017 - Birmingham Conference & Events Centre

Day 1
Roy Harrison (University of Birmingham) – Sources and trends in PM5, the good news and the bad
David Carslaw (University of York) – What do European trends in ambient concentrations tell us about road vehicle emissions of NOx and NO2?
Jonathan Grigg (Queen Mary University of London) – Air pollution and children: What we know and what more we need to know

Air quality trends
Frank Kelly (COMEAP/ King’s College London) – Health effects of NO2: Do these differ from those associated with PM5 exposure and, if so, how?
Nadine Allemand (CITEPA) – Air Quality in France: Trends, projections and key measures for improvement

Public health
Audrey de Nazelle (Imperial College) – Active travel: Benefits and trade-offs
Francis Pope (Birmingham University) – Using low-cost particle sensors for characterisation of urban air pollution: insights from Birmingham and Nairobi
Adrian Phillips (Birmingham City Council)- Clean air is a right not an option

Air quality planning
Rose Grogan (39 Essex Chambers) – Is air quality taken seriously in planning decisions?
Claire Holman (IAQM) – Ashdown Forest: Implications of recent legal judgements
Chris Fields (Manchester Metropolitan University) – Nitrogen deposition dose: Response relationships for habitats

Day 2
Keynote Address
David King (former Chief Government Scientist) – Air Pollution from NOx: Origin, health impacts and regulatory requirements

Health & Policy
Paul Cosford (Public Health England) – Air quality and the public’s health
Nick Molden (Emissions Analytics) – Can Euro 6 alone be a robust basis for air quality policy?
Nicola Carslaw (York University) – Indoor air pollution and why it matters

Low emission solutions
Polly Cook (Leeds City Council) – Developing an air quality solution for Leeds
Andrea Lee (Client Earth) – A final plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities
Daniel Marsh (Kings College London) – London Low Emission Construction Partnership: Building a Cleaner Future for London
Andrew Benfield (Energy Saving Trust) – Plug-in vehicles and the transition to low emission road transport
Alun McIntyre (Amec Foster Wheeler) – Indirect emissions from a future UK ULEV fleet: An holistic view

11th-12th October 2016 - The Grand Hotel, Bristol

Day 1
Jim Longhurst (UWE) – What has been achieved in the 60 years since the first Clean Air Act?
Marion Wichmann-Fiebig (UBA Germany) – Air quality in Germany: Trends, projections and key measures
Tim Chatterton (UWE) – Putting people at the heart of air quality management 
Alan Andrews (ClientEarth) – Fighting for the right to clean air in court
Julia Poliscanova (Transport & Environment, Brussels) – Dieselgate: At the heart of air pollution crisis in Europe

Liz Bates (York City & Bradford Metropolitan District Councils) – Will Defra’s plan help improve air quality in York and Bradford
Richard Howard (Policy Exchange) – How to solve London’s air quality crisis
Jon Lamonte (Urban Transport Group & Transport For Greater Manchester) – Air Quality and interventions in Greater Manchester

Ally Lewis (York University) – Low-cost air quality sensors – Are they reliable?
Francis Pope (University of Birmingham) – Trialling EDAR in the UK – a new remote sensing device for measuring vehicle emissions
Kevin Turpin (TRL) – Development of remote sensors for vehicle emissions detection
Jane Thomas (Emissions Analytics) – Real-world emissions monitoring using PEMS – Observations on NOx emissions from, 1500 passenger car tests
Douglas Booker (NAQTS) – In-cabin air quality monitoring using integrated multi-pollutant measuring equipment

Day 2
Health Effects
Stephen Holgate (Royal College of Physicians & Southampton University) – Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

Vehicle Emissions
Sam Chapman (The Floow) – Vehicular Air Pollution – Insights from telematics and mass mobility analysis
Norbert Ligterink (TNO, the Netherlands) – Real-world NOx/NO2 emissions from diesel vehicles, developments from the 1980’s to the 2020’s
James Wylie (Johnson Matthey) – Technology to meet diesel Euro 6d standards
Christine McHugh & Marilena Karyampa (Arup) – The PCM model and modelling uncertainty

Solutions II
Geoff Gardner (Astra Zeneca) – Selling air quality
Elliot Treharne (Greater London Authority) – A new Mayor and a new approach to improving air quality in London
Paul Drummond (UCL) – Reducing diesel NOx through taxation
Caroline Watson (Global Action Plan) – Action for immediate impact: Air quality and behaviour change

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