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HON DR NICK SMITH  

Nick was born and educated in North Canterbury and first stood for public office at the age of 18 for the Rangiora District Council while still at High School. Nick attended Canterbury University where he completed a Civil Engineering degree followed by a PhD in Landslides.
Having joined the National Party as a teenager Nick has held governing positions through all levels of the organisation and has been involved in several campaigns.
Nick entered parliament in 1990 and was the first National MP in Tasman since 1932, then following the MMP reforms in 1996, was elected the first Nelson National MP since 1954.

He continues to hold the seat with a comfortable majority. A Minister in the previous National Government he has held the portfolios of Education, Corrections, Conservation, Assoc Minister of Immigration, Treaty Negotiations and Social Welfare.
Nick is deeply involved in his local Nelson community, and particularly enjoys constituent work. Nick is married to Linley, and is the proud father of Hazel and Logan, and stepfather of Samantha and Alexander.

PROFESSOR BERT BRUNEKREEF
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Dr. Brunekreef is Professor of Environmental Epidemiology in both the faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Since 2005 he has also served as Director of the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, a 150 persons institute located at Utrecht University.  He received his academic education in Environmental Sciences from the Wageningen University in The Netherlands, and in 1985 received his Ph.D. in Environmental Epidemiology from the same institution.

He joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental Health at Wageningen University in 1979 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1986, and has been a full professor since 1993. He moved to Utrecht University in 2000.
In 1986/1987, Dr. Brunekreef spent an academic year at the Harvard School of Public Health studying the health effects of air pollution episodes and of living in damp homes. In 1995, he served as the main organizer of the annual ISEE/ISEA conference which was held in the Netherlands.  In 1998 he was chosen to be president of ISEE for the years 2000 and 2001.
Since the early 1990s, Dr. Brunekreef has coordinated four EU funded studies (PEACE, TRAPCA, AIRALLERG and AIRNET) in the field of air pollution, allergy and health. He now acts as coordinator of the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE, 2008-2012). He has been partner in many other international collaborative studies. He has also been the PI on two studies funded by the US Health Effects Institute.
Dr. Brunekreef has served as advisor on national and internati­onal panels in the field of environmental health on several occasions, including the Dutch National Health Council, of which he is a member, the Word Health Organization and the USEPA.
Dr. Brunekreef is co-author of more than 300 peer reviewed journal articles in the field of environmental epidemiology and exposure assessment. In recent years, he received the ISEE John Goldsmith award (2007), the European Lung Foundation Award (2007), an honorary doctorate of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (2008), the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences (2008), and an Academy Professorship of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (2009) to which he also was elected to become a member in 2009
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Air Pollution and Health: Evidence, Thresholds, Standards
Epidemiological studies show that community air pollution has adverse health effects at very low concentrations. Ongoing research is trying to explain why this happens; which sources and components are most responsible; and whether thresholds of response can be identified.
Regulators have been struggling with the non-to-very low threshold reality for the last fifteen years or so. Integrated assessments and cost benefit analyses have been called to the rescue, and debates have been initiated on how low air quality standards can realistically be set.
While this is happening in the few fortunate countries with clean to very clean air, the rest of the world suffers from much higher air pollution concentrations indoors & outdoors with not much improvement expected any time soon
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PROFESSOR PHILIPPA HOWDEN-CHAPMAN  

Director of NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities and He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme. Philippa Howden-Chapman is a social scientist and Deputy Head of the Department of Public Health. She teaches in the area of health and public policy. Her current research interests are reducing inequalities in health and urban systems, housing, energy, climate change and health.
Professor Howden-Chapman is internationally recognised for her research showing for the first time links between New Zealand's cold and thermally inadequate housing, health outcomes and energy use. She has authored 150 publications on this and other public health issues

. In 2007 her 'Housing, Insulation and Health' study featured on the cover of the British Medical Journal along with three editorial comments. The study involved fitting insulation to 1350 households in low income communities and measuring the health and energy efficiency outcomes.
In 2007, driven by a desire to produce useful research to clarify the links between health, housing and urban sustainability, Philippa brought together a team of researchers from across the country and around the world to establish the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.
In 2008 Philippa received three national awards, honouring her ground-breaking research into housing and health. The Dame Joan Metge Medal, the Liley Medal and the Queen’s Service Order, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order.

Air Quality and Health: the city as a sustainable system
A city is a complex system with many different components that need to inter-relate to sustain population health. Decisions taken to improve efficiency in transport, building and the energy sector, all have impacts on air quality and health. Policies can have unintended consequences for health, unless health is considered an integral part of the outset. The technological shift from petrol to diesal-driven cars has increased the health risks from particulates, while a shift from passive car transport to active modes of transport, such as walking and cycling, should improve air quality and increase people's physical activity, both of which are good for health. The energy shift from solid fuels to electricity and flued LPG in residential housing reduces repiratory problems, but unless clean heating is actually installed in households, people in poorly heated homes will suffer from excess winter illnesses and are at risk of excess winter mortality, which will continue to be one of the highest in the developed world. This session will review New Zealand research in these areas and relate these sector policies to health outcomes.

PROFFESSOR JUDITH CHOW
(Desert Research Institute, US)  - has over 30 years of experience in atmospheric, air quality, and environmental health research and education. She leads a group of 25 research scientists and technicians in developing and applying advanced analytical methods to characterize suspended atmospheric particles for source attribution and their effects on visibility and health. 

Dr Chow and her colleague Dr John Watson have also agreed to present a full day training course on the Monday 4th July immediately prior to the conference.  The course will focus on PM2.5/PM10 Measurement and Receptor Modeling for Air Quality Management.  Further details on the course will be available shortly

Managing Multiple Pollutants and Multiple Effects
Traditional air quality management treats pollutants individually. However air pollution consists of a mixture of substances and the effects may be greater than the sum of the parts. An integrated framework for multi-pollutant air quality management must be developed that includes co-benefits of multiple pollutant reductions on health, ecosystems, visibility and global warming. The transition will take decades; the first step is a roadmap for air quality scientists, regulators, and regulated entities.

PROFESSOR ALISTAIR WOODWARD
 

Alistair is Professor and Head of School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. His first degree was in medicine and he undertook his postgraduate training in public health in the UK. He has a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Adelaide. Prior to taking up his post at The University of Auckland in 2004 he was Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago Wellington. Research interests include tobacco, radio-frequency radiation and health, transport and injury, and climate change. He has worked for the World Health Organization throughout the Pacific, and was on the writing team of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Since 2009 he has been an editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Sweet spots and fell swoops: common solutions for clean air, climate control and public health?
To avoid high-risk rapid changes in the world’s climate, emissions of greenhouse gases will need to be cut severely and quickly. In the past, energy revolutions have been disruptive. They have caused serious environmental damage, increased social inequalities and shortened life expectancy. Are there paths to a low carbon future that can achieve the opposite result – simultaneous improvements in the quality of the environment and improved public health? This talk will review the evidence for common solutions and estimate the contribution they could make to policy goals for environment and health.