EPUK Annual Conference

18 November 2021       

Aston University Conference Centre


This year’s theme is Environmental and Climate Protection: Priority Actions for 2022.

In 2021, the context for the Conference is the climate crisis and the recognition that only combined action on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution will mitigate it. As well as presentations by expert practitioners and researchers, you will have a great opportunity to meet and network in person with professionals in your field to exchange your experiences and share best practice.

Professor Jim Longhurst, EPUK President, will give an opening address and Professor Sir Stephen Holgate will close the Conference. In addition, Lord Whitty, our retiring President will give an update on progress in the new environmental legislation.

 Speakers will include:

  • A keynote address on Public Health Lessons learnt from the pandemic by Professor Anna Hansell, Director of the Centre for Environmental Health & Sustainability at the University of Leicester
  • A talk on Experience of Climate Action in Bristol from Alex Minshull, Bristol City Council.
  • A presentation on how technology enables a joined-up approach to climate and environmental protection actions by Eric Lindus, Bosch.
  • There will be a review of EPUK Activities in 2021 and priorities for 2022 chaired by Derek Osborn.
  • Tim Williamson, Air Quality Consultants will speak on the impact of the pandemic on environmental quality.
  • Johan Kuylenstierna, Stockholm Environment Institute University of York, will present on the benefits of a combined approach to climate and environmental protection, and reflections on COP26.
  • Professor Prashant Kumar and Dr Vina Kukadia, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), University of Surrey will present on Green Infrastructure for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation.
  • Mich Swainson,  Air Pollution Consultant, BRE will talk about Achieving Good IAQ in Zero Carbon buildings – Issues and Options
  • Dr Sarah Moller, University of York, SysRisk (Systemic environmental risk analysis for threats to UK recovery from COVID-19) will also be presenting.

In a change from previous conferences, there will be two special themed breakout sessions this year.

Theme 1: Lessons learned for environmental protection from the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Societal behaviour change post-pandemic
  • Public health lessons from the pandemic: reducing vulnerability, increasing resilience.
  • Impacts of the pandemic on the environment on noise.

 Theme 2: Priorities for local action on environmental protection and climate change with talks on:

  • EPUK’s action plan for air quality and climate change.
  • Transport planning for clean air, low carbon, urban tranquillity.
  • Greener redevelopment: land use and construction codes.

To view the full programme, click hereEPUK 2021 Conference Programme, draft

Enviro Technology Services Ltd  and Acoem UK will have display stands all day.

The Conference will be of particular interest to:

  • Local authority officials in Environmental Health, Climate Action, Contaminated Land, Planning and Transport, and Public Health Officers
  • Elected members with an environment or public health brief or interest
  • Environmental managers from the private and public sectors
  • Practitioners: Environmental businesses and consultants
  • Academics and students involved in teaching, research and learning in environmental protection
  • Environmental interest groups, Public health interest groups, and other NGOs.

Attendance at this event provides 7 hours CPD certification.


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