Plenary Speakers

Christine Rigby
Environmental Specialist-Air Emissions
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority


Christine Rigby has worked in the air quality and climate change field for 18 years, the last 14 of which have been spent leading air programs for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in Vancouver, Canada.  At the port authority, Christine develops and implements emission reduction programs and leads special studies and assessments.  In fulfilling this role, she emphasizes collaboration and flexibility using a results-based approach.  Prior to joining the port authority, Christine spent four years working for the British Columbia Ministry of Environment on air quality related issues in the northwest part of the province.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada.

Important Dates

17 Apr, 2019 Abstracts Close 11pm AEDT
10 June, 2019 Full papers or 2 page extended abstract and posters due
17 Apr, 2019 Early Bird Registrations Open – Midday
3 Jul, 2019 Early Bird Registrations Close
4 Jul, 2019 Standard Registrations Open
31 Aug, 2019 Standard Registration Closes

Professor James Lee
Senior Research Fellow
National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of York, UK


Professor Lee did his PhD on the measurement of atmospheric OH radicals at the University of Leeds, UK, followed by a post-doc implementing a new laser system to improve the measurements. He was then appointed to his current role within NCAS based in the Department of Chemistry, University of York, UK. He has more than 15 years of experience in coordinating large measurement intensive field campaigns, both ground and aircraft based. He is an expert in tropospheric oxidation chemistry, including both measurements of gas phase pollutants and analysis and interpretation of the data. He also has expertise in the direct measurements of emissions of air pollutants from both ground and airborne platforms using eddy covariance and has led development of data analysis techniques to apply this to urban environments. His work has led to publications showing estimated emissions of NOx in London are significantly lower than those predicted from emission inventories. Recent work has also been carried out using similar measurements in Beijing and Delhi. He leads the NOx measurement program at the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory and represents the UK on European and WMO expert groups on the subject. He also leads UK airborne research flights in a wide range of environments worldwide including tropical rainforests, remote oceans and developing megacities. He has over 140 peer reviewed publications and leads a group containing 8 PhD students and 4 post docs.

Elliot Treharne
Head of Air Quality
Mayor of London’s Office


Elliot is a specialist in urban and environmental policy and is currently the Head of Air Quality at the Mayor of London’s Office with responsibility for London’s air quality and green transport projects and programmes. Elliot’s career started with the United Nations, with placements in New York and Tanzania. Following these Elliot joined Transport for London developing London’s congestion charging scheme. He co-wrote the Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy, developing the local measures concept to reduce poor air quality at the worst hotspots in London and plays a pivotal role in developing and delivering London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone. In 2015 he also undertook a six-month secondment working as Clean Air Advisor in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Professor Simon Kingham
University of Canterbury NZ and Chief Science Adviser for the Minister of Transport, NZ


Simon Kingham is a Professor of geography at the University of Canterbury, where he also directs the Geohealth Laboratory. In February 2018 he became the Ministry of Transport’s first (and only) Chief Science Advisor, to which he is seconded two days a week. He has researched widely in issues related to environment, health and wellbeing. The first 15 years saw a strong focus on air pollution exposure and health, but more recently, the focus has been on the urban built environment and wellbeing.

Luke Valin
Research Scienctist
US EPA Office of Research and Development, USA


Luke Valin is a research scientist at the US EPA Office of Research and Development. He graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and was a NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellow at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory before starting work with the EPA in 2015. The goal of his work at the EPA is to support adoption of the Enhanced Monitoring Plan requirement in the recent revision of the ozone NAAQS to enable integration of space-based and surface-based remote sensing measurements in to the existing air quality monitoring network.  Since joining the EPA in December of 2015, he has been involved with KORUS-AQ field study in South Korea, the Constellation for Earth Observing Systems Atmospheric Composition working group, the Utah Winter Time Fine Particulate Study, the Lake Michigan Ozone Study and helped lead the Long Island Sound Tropospheric Ozone Study.

Lisa McLaren
National Convener
Generation Zero


Lisa McLaren has volunteered for the last three years as the National Convener of the Zero Carbon Act campaign, run by Generation Zero. She became involved in climate change activism in 2011 and has been a youth delegate to the UN climate talks in both Paris and Warsaw. She has a Masters degree from Victoria University of Wellington where she focused on environmental science and climate change education. Lisa worked for four years in local government, with roles in resilience policy, community engagement and emergency management. She is from a farming background and is part of the ‘Next Generation Influencers’ team for the Our Land and Water national science challenge. Lisa is currently in the third year of her PhD at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, where her research is exploring how community science projects can be used as a tool for coastal adaptation in Aotearoa New Zealand, funded through the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges NSC.