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Webinar Programme Coordinators

Asst. Prof. John Gallagher
Trinity College Dublin,


Dr. Gallagher’s is an Assistant Professor in School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. His research has focused on delivering innovative passive solutions to the current challenge of air quality in the built environment.
He adopts the 3M approach (Measurement, Modelling and Mitigation) to develop design solutions for healthier urban spaces. John is currently a Co-I on iSCAPE, a Horizon2020 project which aims to advance the control of air quality in European cities through remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change.


Assoc. Prof. K Max Zhang
Cornell University,



Dr. Zhang's is Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. His environmental research adopts the use of numerical models and experimental techniques to explore the effects of air pollution on climate change and ecosystems.
Max’s research modelling group, CTAG, focuses upon improving our understanding of source-to-receptor relationships. He is exploring near-road air pollution and mitigation strategies, turbulent mixing of particulate emissions and regional air quality simulations.


Webinar Session Chairs

Prof. Prashant Kumar
University of Surrey,
United Kingdom



Prof. Kumar is Director of (GCARE) and Chair in Air Quality and Health at the University of Surrey, UK. His research focuses on the interfaces of clean air engineering/science, human health and smart/sustainable living in cities, building on expertise of particle formation and emission sources.
Prashant regularly acts as an advisor to local, national and international agencies to provide innovative technological and passive solutions (e.g. green infrastructure) for air pollution exposure control in the built environment.

Dr. Baldauf is a Senior Research Engineer that works for EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. He leads research efforts characterising the impacts of transportation sources on local air quality and developing methods to mitigate these impacts on human health and the environment.
Richard advises international government agencies on air pollution mitigation strategies through the implementation of passive solutions and policy adoption.

Dr. Richard Baldauf
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA



Dr. Stijn Janssen



Dr. Janssen is currently the Program Manager of VITO’s Geo and Atmosphere modelling team. His expertise is in statistical air quality forecast modelling and spatial mapping techniques. His team are using advanced air quality models to assess air quality from local to regional scale and to support the development of air pollution mitigation strategies.
Stijn is the co-chair of FAIRMODE, the European Forum for Air Quality Modelling, collaborating with LiboVITO in China to bring air quality services to the Chinese market.

Webinar Session Speakers

Prof. Akula Venkatram
University of California Riverside, USA

Prof. Venkatram has over 40 years’ experience in developing and applying air pollution models. His research interests include urban boundary layer, micrometeorology, and urban air pollution. His research on modelling air quality impacts of transport related emissions has advanced mobile source emissions. He has also involved in several projects relating to passive mitigation of air pollution. Akula was involved in the development of AERMOD, and was a principal contributor to RLINE, the USEPA model for line sources.

Dr. McNabola is an Associate Professor in Energy and the Environment in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests lie in the field of Environmental Fluid Dynamics where he has applied this expertise in air pollution, energy efficiency and/or water services sectors. His expertise in solid barrier research for passive air pollution mitigation has led to his involvement in successfully funded European research projects, which demonstrate and provide guidance of the mitigation techniques.

Assoc. Prof. Aonghus McNabola
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Sara Janhäll
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden

Dr Janhäll is a Senior Researcher in RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden, in Sweden. She has work in the area of sustainable cities with a research and practice focus on air quality. She aims to reduce the negative impact air pollution on urban inhabitants. Her research focuses upon improving our understanding of particulate emission from different sources and assessments of different interventions on pollution mitigation and human health.  

Dr. Nowak is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader with the USDA Forest Service. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality through long-term monitoring and experimental studies. He has led in the development of i-Tree, which quantifies the benefits of vegetation, and supports the integration of urban forest ecosystem services to mitigate against air pollution in the built environment to sustain environmental quality, human health and well-being.

Dr. David Nowak
USDA Forest Service, USA



Dr. Vlad Isakov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA

Dr. Isakov is Research Physical Scientist in the Computation Exposure Division of the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. His current research focuses on the development and testing through applications innovative approaches to model spatially and temporally resolved air quality concentrations in support of exposure and health studies. Vlad has been involved in a number of air pollution mitigation investigations to explore opportunities for reducing personal exposure in the urban environment.

Dr. Rodrigues is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro. Her research expertise is in the area of atmospheric processes and modelling in the context of environment and planning. Vera has undertaken research on air pollution and environmental modelling, examining the interactions between pollution dispersion, urban micro-climate impacts and mitigation measures to reduce population exposure.

Dr. Vera Rodrigues
University of Aveiro,