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Imperial College London’s Environmental Research Group and Policy Forum are pleased to present a public seminar series addressing ‘Environment and health challenges in a changing world’. The first seminar of the six-part series will be hosted by Professor Frank Kelly, Director of the Environment Research Group, and will feature talks and a panel discussion, followed by a drink’s reception. The theme of the seminar is:

‘Air Quality, asthma and addressing pollution-related health issues with health care professionals. A seminar session looking at the health impacts of air pollution and how causation and mitigation can be better communicated through health professionals.’

Some of the most vulnerable in society are being disproportionally impacted by toxic air on a daily basis. In a recent Asthma + Lung UK survey of people living with lung conditions, almost half of all respondents indicated they avoid exercising outdoors when air pollution is worse and almost a third indicated that they avoid holidays in areas where pollution is worse, while a third don’t leave the house at all.  In this session we will hear first about the impact that poor air quality is having on respiratory health of communities across the UK. We will then hear about Ella’s Law, which is currently being debated by MPs in the House of Commons and, if adopted, could improve air quality for everyone. 

Hosted by Professor Frank Kelly, Battcock Chair in Community Health and Policy and Director, Environmental Research Group


Dr Paul Pfeffer, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust

Dr Abigail Whitehouse, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Sarah Woolnough, Asthma and Lung UK

Chair: Professor Andrew Bush, Professor of Paediatrics & Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute and Director, Imperial Centre for Paediatrics and Child Health

We also welcome Ms Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah.


13:45 – Sign in and tea & coffee
14:00 – Welcome from Professor Frank Kelly
14:20 – Presentations
15:40 – Panel discussions
17:00 – Drinks reception and networking

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