Plenary Speakers

We have five excellent plenary speakers who will talk on topics cutting across aerosol science, from COVID transmission to climate and aircraft emissions to health impacts.  Also, check out the keynote speakers in the special sessions on the conference topics page.

Professor Cath Noakes

University of Leeds

Professor Cath Noakes is a chartered mechanical engineer, with a background in fluid dynamics. She leads research into ventilation, indoor air quality and infection control in the built environment. Her research group carry out experimental and modelling based studies, to explore the transport of airborne pathogens, the influence of indoor airflows and effectiveness of engineering approaches to controlling airborne disease transmission.

Cath is Deputy Director of Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Co-Director for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics. Since April 2020 she has been involved in the COVID-19 response, leading the Environment and Modelling sub-group of the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) focusing on the science underpinning environmental transmission of COVID-19.

Professor Julia Schmale


Julia Schmale is assistant professor at École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, where she heads the Extreme Environments Research Laboratory (EERL) since 2019. Her research focuses on how the ocean, land, cryosphere and human activities influence the chemical and microphysical composition of the atmosphere, and the resulting effects on climate and air quality. The main study regions are the Arctic, Antarctica, Southern Ocean and high altitudes, where she deploys aerosol and trace gas instrumentation on aircraft, research vessels, ground-based observatories and tethered balloons. Prior to founding the EERL, Julia was part of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland, where she started as a postdoc and then headed the molecular cluster and particle processes research group.

Throughout her career, Julia has been engaged in science-policy interaction, a direction she pursued in particular as scientist at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany, after having obtained her PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany. Currently Julia represents Switzerland in the international steering group of the MOSAiC expedition, the Atmosphere Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee, and she is a lead author on the forthcoming report by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme’s expert group on short-lived climate forcers.

Dr Prem Lobo

National Research Council Canada

Dr Prem Lobo is the Team Leader for the Black Carbon Metrology group in the Metrology Research Centre at the National Research Council Canada. He is an international expert on aviation-related emissions characterisation and regulatory standards development, specialising in the measurement of aircraft engine emissions generated by the combustion of conventional and sustainable aviation fuels, and assessment of their environmental impacts. He has coordinated experimental design and measurements of aircraft engine emissions for over 30 field campaigns conducted in test cells, on-wing, and at airports, in North America and Europe.

Prem is a nominated member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection – Working Group 3 (WG3) and Impacts and Science Group (ISG), and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers E-31 committee. He contributed to the development of a standardised sampling and measurement methodology for aircraft engine non-volatile particulate matter (nvPM) emissions, and the new ICAO regulatory standard for nvPM mass and number emissions. Prem is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (National Academies, USA) standing committees on the Environmental Issues in Aviation (AV030) and Alternative Fuels and Technologies (AMS40), and is the chair of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels subcommittee.

Dr Gerard Hoek

University Utrecht

Dr Gerard Hoek is Associate Professor at the Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University, a leading institute in environmental epidemiology and exposure assessment. His research focuses on methods for improved exposure assessment to environmental stressors, with a focus on outdoor air pollution. His second focus is the application of these exposure estimates in epidemiological studies. In recent years, he worked on mobile monitoring campaigns, application of sensors, exposome (all non-genetic factors affecting health), health effects of low-level air pollution and combined health effects of different environmental stressors, including air pollution, noise and green space.

Professor George Biskos

The Cyprus Institute

George Biskos is an Associate Professor at the Cyprus Institute, where he leads the Innovation Department and the Instrumentation for Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterisation Laboratory of the Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre, and affiliated with the Geosciences and Remote Sensing Department of Delft University of Technology. His research interests fall in the broader field of Aerosol Science and Technology, with activities ranging from designing and building aerosol instrumentation to developing and implementing aerosol-based nanotechnology tools to produce nanomaterials for various applications. Results from these activities have so far led to the creation of three spin-off companies.

George holds an MSc degree in Environmental Science and Engineering (Imperial College, UK), and a PhD in Engineering (Cambridge University, UK). After his PhD studies he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University (USA) and has held faculty positions at the University of the Aegean (Greece) and at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) before joining the Cyprus Institute.