The IAQM Early Careers Network (ECN) provides a forum to learn, practice presentation skills and network with other early career professionals, in a friendly, supportive and accessible environment.
Join us on 7th December for our next in-person meetup in London, where we'll be showcasing air quality modelling case studies from our ECN members alongside hosting a Christmas social.
Attendance will count as CPD and will provide evidence of development when applying to upgrade from Associate to Member.
15:00 - Registration and Networking
15:15 - Welcome and Introduction
15:20 - Early Careers Presentations
16:20 - Sessions Close and Networking
17:00 - Optional social at a nearby pub (The Ship, Southwark)
This event is open exclusively to IAQM Early Careers Network Members. It is free to attend and will take place in person at Hydrock Offices in London. It will not be possible to join this event remotely.
Grace Staines, Technical Advisor for Air Quality, Port of London Authority
Grace Staines started her career in the demolition industry, working as an Environmental Scientist on sites in the south-east of England. In 2022 she started her role as the Technical Advisor for Air Quality at the Port of London Authority in which she manages various air quality projects including carrying out actions within the Port’s Air Quality Strategy and overseeing the river-side monitoring network. Future ambitions include facilitating the introduction of more alternative vessel propulsion methods on the Thames and working on an international scale.
Alex Forest, Graduate Air Quality Consultant, Hydrock
Working for Hydrock Consultants as a Graduate Air Quality Consultant, Alex studied a Masters in Environmental Modelling, Monitoring and Reconstruction at the University of Manchester. He lives in London.
Jekabs Jursins, Air Quality Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
Jekabs is an Air Quality Consultant at Ricardo with specialist experience in EU air quality and emissions policy. He has been instrumental in the air quality impact assessment for the proposed Low Emission Zone in Warsaw, and multiple air quality compliance assessments for EU Member States in accordance with the Ambient Air Quality Directive. Jekabs is currently leading the technical review of National Air Pollution Control Programmes submitted by EU Member States across 2023-2024, which assesses the risk of non-compliance with each Member State’s 2030 emission reduction commitments.
Yi Zhang, Graduate Air Quality Consultant, Buro Happold
Yi is a Graduate Air Quality Consultant at Buro Happold. She has a first-class (honours) bachelor's degree in BEng Chemical Engineering From University College London and a master's degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. She has experience in undertaking air quality assessment, dispersion modelling, and developing BREEAM Indoor Air Quality Plans and LEED Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plans. Yi is an associate member of the Institute of Air Quality Management and Institution of Environmental Science (AMIEnvSc).
Kit Benjamin, Air Quality Consultant at Buro Happold
Kit is an Air Quality Consultant at Buro Happold with over two years' professional experience in the air quality sector. He has undertaken dispersion modelling for a wide range of projects and purposes, including for air quality assessments and to inform design advice. Prior to joining Buro Happold Kit worked as a Research Technician in the field of Urban Micrometeorology at the University of Reading. He has a first class integrated master's degree in meteorology and climate (MMet) from the University of Reading. He is an associate member of the Institute of Air Quality Management and Institution of Environmental Science (AMIEnvSc).