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Day Two – Wednesday 26th September

The Breathable City

brought to you by Future Cities Catapult

Day Two – Wednesday 26th September

The Breathable City

brought to you by Future Cities Catapult


09:00 Registration, networking and exhibition

10:00 Welcome to Cityx day two

Dr Amy Hochadel, Head of Global Business Engagement and Growth, Future Cities Catapult

10:05 Opening Keynote: Clear air: a prerequisite for healthy cities and healthy citizens

With an increasing array of sensors reporting the poor quality of shared air, tackling the problem of air pollution in cities is a widely recognised challenge. However, how we respond to that challenge is not always clear and the sheer scale of it can lead to paralysis. Action is required at many different levels – from individual behavioural choices as citizens, to international regulation. This keynote will set the scene and scale of the challenge facing cities (and touch on the overlap with wider issues in urban living), steering us towards practical pathways for tackling the problem and where innovative partnerships between industry and places can start to make a real difference.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Frank J Kelly PhD, FRSB, FKC, FMedSci, Environmental Health at King’s College London

10:50 Innovation Showcase One

11:00 Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:45 A view from our clean air future

Breathable cities have clean air and environments, but also space to breathe. This session will provide a glimpse of the breathable cities of the future, based on emerging technologies and ideas, including: what neuroscience can tell us about ‘dosage’ for green space and green infrastructure, how new citizen behaviours and action, and new urban biodiversity.
Speaker: Jarmo Eskelinen, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Future Cities Catapult

12:30 Innovation Showcase Two

12:40 Lunch, networking and exhibition

13:40 Improving air quality through technology and collaboration

This session will present the findings of new work by Future Cities Catapult (in partnership with Johnson Matthey) on issues and opportunities in air quality, with an expert cross-sector panel discussing how the emerging #CleanAirTech community can work together to develop, test and implement solutions.

Rob Whitehead, Programme Director – Knowledge and Communications, Future Cities Catapult (Chair)
Bex Bolland, Head of Air Quality, Global Action Plan
Olivier Le Roux, Business Development Manager, Johnson Matthey
Sally Crew, Transport Policy Manager, Southwark City Council
Sophie Power, CEO and Co-Founder, Airlabs

14:25 Innovation Showcase Three

14:35 Refreshments, networking and exhibition

15:15 Global market opportunities

The goal of urban breathability is not limited to the UK – there is a global demand for solutions and services that deliver clean air indoors and out, improved green infrastructure and other environmental improvements. This session will explore that demand and provide insights on breathable city opportunities from cities around the world, and how UK firms can access them.

Ivor Wells, International Development Team Lead- Delivery, Future Cities Catapult (Chair)
Enda Hayes, Director of the Air Quality Management Resource Centre, University of West England
Guilherme Johnston, Global Resilient Cities Programme Manager, ICLEI
Eman Martin-Vignerte, External Affairs, Governmental and Political Relations, Bosch
Roland Leigh, Technical Director, EarthSense

16:00 Closing Keynote: Difficult decisions, bold leadership

To transform cities for a sustainable and resilient future we must refurbish and retrofit city infrastructure. This keynote uses carbon emissions, a problem we’ll need to tackle over many years, as an example of how cities can solve the technical, economic and political challenges of deep retrofit.
Keynote Speaker: Dr Richard Miller, Founder, Miller-Klein Associates Ltd

16:50 Summing up

Dr Amy Hochadel, Head of Global Business Engagement and Growth, Future Cities Catapult

17:00 Networking drinks

18:30 Close