With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that Air Pollution 2021 should not take place as scheduled, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, but take place as an online event instead.
The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Professor Juan Casares, the University of the West of England, represented by Professor Jim Longhurst and Dr Jo Barnes, and the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
The conference, which started in Mexico in 1993, is well-established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. The meetings in this series have discussed and considered many important air pollution issues and the international nature of the attendees has ensured that the conference findings and conclusions enjoy wide and rapid dissemination amongst the air pollution science and policy communities.
Opening of the Conference
The conference was opened by Professor Juan Casares who welcomed the delegates to the event.
There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:
- “Private electric mobility and expected impacts on climate and air quality”
by Marco Schiavon, University Of Trento, Italy
- “Estimation of emissions by road vehicles in the metropolitan region of Salvador”
by Erick Giovani Sperandio Nascimento, SENAI CIMATEC, Brazil
The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:
- Air Pollution Modelling
- Indoor air pollution
- Emission studies
- Air pollution management, policy and legislation
- Monitoring, measuring and data
- Global, regional and local studies
Q&A Live Zoom Sessions
Conference delegates were invited to participate in two Q&A Live Zoom Sessions which took place on 27th and 28th October. These friendly sessions were a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and ask questions to authors about their papers.
Papers presented at this conference are published in Vol. 252 of the WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3541). Papers presented at the meeting are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute (https://www.witpress.com/elibrary) from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.
A few papers were selected for publication in the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration and the International Journal of Environmental Impacts.
Closing of the Conference
We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this year.
We would like to thank the delegates for participating in the event and look forward to meeting them at the next conference in the series which is due to be reconvened in 2022.
Next year's conference will take place in Milan, Italy from 5 - 7 July and will be merged together with the Water Pollution Conference under the title Air and Water Pollution 2022.
Private electric mobility and expected impacts on climate and air quality
M. Schiavon, L. Adami & M. Ragazzi
Estimation of emissions by road vehicles in the metropolitan region of Salvador
K. Santos da Silva, A. Da Silva Palmeira, D. Martins Moreira, E.G. Sperandio Nascimento