Air Quality Matters/Saving Lives Matters

15 December 2020

This event is hosted by Air-poT, you can visit the official web page here.

When: 15th December

There is already a strong link between air quality and health; how can technology be used to help tackle this problem effectively?

In this era of the Covid Pandemic can applying the latest technology be used to accurately inform and guide public behaviour to avoid high air pollution areas, and improve the quality of life and save lives?

The link between air quality and health is clear. Air Pollution affects many people and has been linked to heart problems, cancer, lungs, asthma which adversely impacts on the lives of thousands of people and also a likely cause of many deaths. For many decades Air Pollution reduction has been on the agenda of the UK, EU and international governments. There has been a substantial reduction in Air Pollution in many Western Countries. Despite the reduction in air pollution scientists predict that Covid-19 and air-pollution will continue to affect the health of thousands of people.

There are thousands of Air Quality sensors installed up and down parts of the UK measuring the quality of air. Unfortunately, this market is very much fragmented; hence the data is not easily and readily available to those who need it.

How should AI, BigData and BlockChain technology be developed to support sufferers from air pollution and those who are health conscious?

The Objective of the Workshop

The objective of the workshop is to consult a wide range of stakeholders and those affected by Air Pollution on how leading edge technologies can be deployed to assist in improving quality of life. 

Expected outcome

Collaboration with a range of stakeholders and interest groups in Air Quality to improve technologies to provide accurate data in one place(onto one platform) and to develop personal tools (App) for the public to aid sufferers and the wider public to improve their quality of life using avoidance strategies.


1.Welcome and introduction to the Workshop –From the Chair

Dr Nazir OBE – Air-PoT Head-Strategy and Innovation Exploitation

Mohammad Nazir is currently Chairman of Smartella Ltd, an EdTech online technology platform. He is a well known entrepreneur who has setup as well as supported commercialisation of many business in the digital technology sector as well as numerous other sectors. For over 20 years he served on regional and national strategy boards in supporting business start-ups, Sme support strategy, innovation, incubation, international trade, health and economy to name a few. He is also well known for his tireless work in diversity and inclusion. In 2010 he was awarded with an “OBE” for “Service to Business”.

2. “Air Pollution and how it impacts on lives –Asthma UK supporting asthma sufferers perspective?” 

Harriet Edwards, Senior Policy and Projects Manager – Air Quality Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation 

Harriet Edwards leads the clean air team at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation. She manages air pollution strategy, projects, policy and campaigns across the organisation. Harriet is an expert in public health policy and has led policy work for several different charities over the last decade, including Unicef UK and Samaritans. Additionally, Harriet is an experienced campaigner and lobbyist, and has worked on numerous successful campaigns. 

3. Air Quality Tool-Kit (the cost to the NHS)

Dr Karen Exley, Group Leader Air Quality and Public Health Environmental Hazards and Emergencies Department, Public Health England

As the national lead for air quality and public health at Public Health England (PHE), Dr Exley manages PHE’s strategic programme for Cleaner Air as part of the government’s Clean Air Strategy. She is the PHE lead for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) on Environmental Exposures and Health at the University of Leicester. Her groups’ research involves determination of the evidence base on air quality sources, quantifying exposure and health outcomes, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of interventions for both indoor and outdoor air quality and translating this knowledge into actionable public health tools and guidance for national and local government and other stakeholders. She is responsible for PHE’s Annual UK Review Meeting on Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution Research and for PHE’s Air Quality and Public Health Seminar for stakeholders. In 2019, she was involved in PHE’s review of interventions to improve outdoor air quality and public health. She was an author and member of the working party for the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report ‘Every breath we take: The lifelong impact of air pollution’ and contributed to the development of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality standard for air pollution: outdoor air quality and health.

4. Air-PoT using AI, BigData and Blockchain technology –AirPot Consortium 

How can the latest technologies be combined to unify and synthesise air sensor and scientific data from disparate platforms into one repository to deliver a practical solution? 

Dr Hafiz Alaka – Air-PoT Head of Digital Innovation 

Leads and takes part in collaborative research with reputable industry partners. He has been involved in over eight funded research projects worth over six millions pounds. Current projects include ‘Emission reduction (worth £500,000) with Earthsense Limited’ and ‘AutoBIM (worth £900,000) with Balfour Beatty’, among three others. Past projects include deconstruction and recovery information modelling, and Big Data Analytics for construction waste reduction, among others. Other notable partners include AHR Architects, White Frog Publishing, Smallfry, and counting.

Simon Chambers – Air-PoT Head of Project Management and AI

Managing Director and Co-Founder of New Leaf Technology Solutions, a software services company focused on helping businesses achieve their objectives through exceptional software & services. 

5. Key Topic Breakout Groups (for consultation)

6. Feedback from breakout groups

From 11.30 to 12.00

7. Networking Session- why not stay and talk with Air-PoT technology scientist and engineers (for those who wish to remain)

DISCLAIMER due to Covid 19 impact and the possibility of speakers suffering from Covid the programme and speakers are subject to change or even the workshop could be cancelled at short notice.