Keynote speakers

   Ralf Zimmermann



Prof. Zimmermann is Full Professor and Chair of Analytical Chemistry at University Rostock, Head of department “Comprehensive Molecular Analytics” (CMA) at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg , and Head of the “Joint Mass Spectrometry Centre” of University Rostock and Helmholtz Zentrum München. 
His PhD in Physical Chemistry and his habilitation-degree are from the Technical University Munich. After a Post-Doc at University of Antwerp he had appointments as group leader at the Institute of Ecological Chemistry at the GSF-Research centre, as Associate Professor for Analytical Chemistry at the University Augsburg, and as Director of Chemistry Department, bifa-Institute in Augsburg. He is co-founder of the spin-off company “Photonion GmbH”, author of > 300 peer reviewed publications, holds > 15 patents and has been granted several awards: Fresenius Lecturer of German Chemical Society (2016), J.B.Phillips Award for Comprehensive Gas Chromatography (2008), “Fachgruppen”-Award of the Analytical Section of the German Chemical Society (1999), and Scholarship of the Volkswagen Foundation (1993-1995). Prof. Zimmermann is Initiator and Head of the Helmholtz Virtual Institute HICE (Helmholtz Virtual Institute of Complex Molecular Systems in Environmental Health – Aerosols and Health), which addresses Health effects of anthropogenic aerosols (


   Mark R. Miller



Senior Research Fellow working in the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Mark was awarded his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2002 studying the potential for nitric oxide donor drugs to target sites of vascular damage. He continued this work through a postdoctoral position at the University of Strathclyde, before returning to Edinburgh take part in a British Heart Foundation Programme to study the cardiovascular effects of air pollution, working alongside Profs David Newby, Nick Mills & Ken Donaldson.

Mark continues to work in this area through a series of projects funded by the British Heart Foundation, Natural Environment Research Council, Medical Research Council, Colt Foundation, and the European Commission. The main focus of his research is the cardiovascular effects of both environmental nanoparticles in air pollution and manufactured nanomaterials. His investigations utilise a diverse range of in vitro and in vivo animal models, as well as clinical exposures. Mark retains an interest in nitric oxide and endothelial biology, as well as oxidative stress and atherosclerosis.

Mark’s work contributed to successful Queens Anniversary Award 2014-16, awarded to the Cardiology Department for their outstanding contribution to scientific research: “Improving the Lives of Patients with Coronary Heart Disease Worldwide”. He is an Editor of the journals Particle & Fibre Toxicology (Impact Factor 8.64) and Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, as well as an Expert Member of COMEAP, the UK governmental advisory Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution.



   Ken Carslaw


  Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science at the University of Leeds in the UK. He did his PhD at the University of East Anglia, using thermodynamic models to demonstrate the existence of liquid polar stratospheric cloud particles. After four years at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Prof Carslaw returned to the UK and began development of the Global Model of Aerosol Processes (GLOMAP), which is now implemented in the UK Met Office climate model. Prof Carslaw’s research involves modelling of the physical and chemical properties of atmospheric aerosols and the effect on clouds, atmospheric composition and climate. His research group has made significant advances in our understanding of a wide range of problems, including new particle formation, natural aerosols, radiative forcing, and new methodologies to understand model uncertainty. His recent research as a principal investigator on the CERN CLOUD experiment has enabled global models of particle formation to be built entirely from laboratory measurements for the first time. These studies have highlighted in particular the importance of the natural biosphere in regulating ultrafine particles in the atmosphere. In 2001, Prof Carslaw was a cofounding editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and remains an Executive Editor. He is also the recipient of several international awards, including the American Geophysical Union Ascent Award in 2014, the Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2011, and he has been a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited scientist in each year since 2014. 



    Ian Mudway


  Ian Mudway is the Lecturer in Respiratory Toxicology within the School of Biomedical & Health Sciences at King’s College London and an affiliated member of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Health Impact of Environmental Hazards. His research focuses on the response of the lung to inhaled gaseous and particulate pollutants and the molecular basis for differences in individual susceptibility to these agents. He has published over 90 papers and book chapters in these areas. His recent and ongoing work examines the impact of both traffic and biomass derived PM on the healthy and diseased airway, as well as the impacts of chronic exposures to these pollutants on children’s respiratory health. In addition to these activities Dr Mudway has developed disease-specific synthetic lung lining fluids to provide rapid screening techniques to assess the toxicity of ambient particulate matter, which have been employed to assess the impact of traffic management schemes in London, such as the Congestion Charging and Low Emission Zones. He has active collaborations with the University of Northern Sweden, Umea, The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment and the MRC and Asthma UK Centre for Allergic Mechanisms in Asthma. More recently he has initiated work examining the potential impacts of air pollution on children’s cognitive development and mental health.


   Laurence Rouïl


   Head of the “Environmental modelling and decision making” department of the Chronic risks division at INERIS. She received her Ph.D in 1995 in the field of applied mathematics. Her main area of experience is air quality modelling. Since 15 years she has developed skill and competence being the leader of research activities closely linked to operational applications. The PREV’AIR system is one of the example of such projects that she developed with her team, 10 years ago and in cooperation with other research partner, to answer to policy makers expectations taking advantage of the current know-how in the field of air pollution. She participates actively to the air quality monitoring strategy in France providing technical expertise to the Ministry in charge of the Environment. She is mandated by the Ministry as national head of delegation or competent authority in several bodies: the EMEP steering body, the FAIRMODE initiative. She is the leader of the task Force on measurement and modelling within the CLRTAP. She has been involved in European research projects which developed in this domain for a long time. She takes part to management board activities related to several research EU projects, especially the FP7 initiatives for the development of the pre-operational COPERNICUS/GMES atmosphere services, and coordinates in this framework part of regional air quality services development.