Northern Air Quality Conference 2023: Tackling air pollution during a recession

Our annual event in Manchester is set for Thursday 23rd March at the Midland Hotel, and will see the best in air pollution-related academic, policy and scientific research presented.

Having already published the list of speakers set to appear at the day-long meeting of minds, it’s now our pleasure to present the agenda, detailing who will take to the lectern and when.


Although broad, our programme for this edition is focused on dealing with air pollution and other environmental threats during a time of recession and local authority cuts. This comes as the majority of top-tier councils in England prepare to raise council tax by 5% – the maximum permitted – in a bid to plug budgetary holes.

On the day, delegates will be able to hear about research from the Runnymede Trust on how air pollution has the greatest impact on some of the most vulnerable communities in the UK. Elsewhere, representatives from areas such as Bradford, Leeds, and Southwark can offer on the ground insights of the challenges involved in making environmental inroads in areas struggling with high levels of deprivation and social inequalities, where services – and therefore finances – are already under immense pressure.

Those who have missed the full breakdown of our guests can find an in-depth biog for each speaker here, while those who have never attended our previous conferences can catch up with respective reports from 2022 here and here. And, finally, take a look at the running order for the day below, then book a place to join the other delegates at the UK’s leading event dedicated to air quality policy and research.



10.00 – 10.40 Andy Hickford, Senior Project Manager Sustainable Energy & Air Quality at Leeds City Council

10.40 – 11.20 Prof. Rosie McEachan, Director at Born in Bradford

11.20 – 11.50 Morning refreshments break

11.50 – 12.40 Panel discussion

12.40 – 13.40 – Lunch

13.40 – 14.30 – Jacob Roberts, Senior Policy & Strategy Consultant at Cenex

14.30 – 15.10 Nannette Yousef, Policy Offer at Runnymede Trust

15.10 – 15.40 Afternoon refreshments

15.40 –  16.20 Jenny Jones, The Baroness of Moulescoomb

16.20 – 17.00 Prof. Ally Lewis, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of York


Image: Annie Spratt


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