Keynote Speaker

Prof Peter Brimblecombe
University of East Anglia, U.K. & City University of Hong Kong

Prof. Peter Brimblecombe is a Chair Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the School of Energy and Environment, City University, Hong Kong. He was until recently a Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, U.K. and was appointed senior editor of Atmospheric Environment in 1990. He is also on the boards of several journals such as Heritage Science and Environmental Chemistry. He is active as a subject chair in Environmental Sciences for SCOPUS and currently the acting chair of the SCOPUS Contents Selection Advisory Board. He was born in Australia but did his PhD on the aqueous chemistry of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere at a university in Auckland, New Zealand. He is convinced that environmental pollution is not merely a matter of environmental chemistry, instead the smells have to be smelt. He remains interested in atmospheric sulphur chemistry that formed the subject of his PhD in the early 1970s and have just completed a major review of the biogeochemical cycling of organosulphides. His current research interests are mainly on the long-term changes in urban air pollution and its effects on health and material damage, the statistical structure of air pollution monitoring data and its implications to policy, the impact of climate change on historic sites and their use, also the sea surface microlayer, binding to particulate material and the environmental chemistry of pharmaceuticals. Working with contemporary artists and writers give a new depth to his research when trying to understand the complexities of environmental problems. The title of his book “The Big Smoke” was meant to remind us of Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep, so he was pleased when this academic book was reviewed as “reading like a thriller”.


Presentation Title: 
Heterogeneity of Urban Air Pollution

Plenary Speakers

Prof Mohd Talib Latif
National University of Malaysia

Prof Mohd Talib is a professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Science, and Deputy Dean (Postgraduate) at Faculty of Science and Technology,Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His main research work includes the composition of atmospheric aerosols from various backgrounds including indoor environment. He was also worked on the composition of gases particularly surface ozone in the atmosphere. Most recently, He has extended his research on aerosols from sea surface microlayer (SML) and the composition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from urban and natural sources. He has published more than 100 publications including refereed journals, book, chapter in book and proceedings.


Presentation Title:
Long-term record of air quality in Malaysia

Prof Jamal Hisham Hashim
United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health

Jamal Hisham Hashim is a visiting professor of environmental health at the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH). He is also a director of an environmental consultancy firm specializing in health risk and impact assessment. He was formerly a research fellow at UNU-IIGH and a professor at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). Prof. Jamal obtained his PhD in environmental health from the University of Michigan. He has been teaching, conducting research and consultancy in environmental and occupational health at UKM and UNU for the past 35 years. His research interests are mainly on the health effects of heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, air pollution, risk assessment, and recently, climate change. He has been the principal and co-investigator of 19 research projects, and has over 360 publications and presentations to date, including 87 full articles in refereed and indexed journals. He has been engaged as an environmental health consultant in over 60 local and overseas projects, primarily in the area of environmental health impact and risk assessment. He has also been consulted by the World Health Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, Risk Science Institute and the Institute of Medicine in the U.S., the governments of Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia on various environmental health issues. He is a registered environmental impact assessment consultant with the Department of Environment, Malaysia, a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in the U.K., an honorary fellow of the Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Malaysia and a council member of the Asia Chapter of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.


Presentation Title:
How Does Climate Change Interact With Air Quality to Affect Human Health

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