Air Quality: Science for Solutions

 Due to the COVID-19 virus, the conference will be virtual again this year and split into two half-days.

5th Annual conference: Wednesday afternoon, March 24, 2021
Thursday morning, March 25, 2021
Registration deadline: March 20, 2021. Abstract Deadline: March 1, 2021.
Conference Schedule is TBD.

The conference will be hosted via Zoom. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

You can download the 2021 Conference Flyer.

Air Quality: Science for Solutions 5

Air Quality: Science for Solutions is an annual conference on air quality, especially for Utah and the Intermountain West.  It began with a pair of conferences by the same name hosted by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality; the Program for Air Quality Health and Society at the University of Utah; and the Utah State University Bingham Entrepreneurship & Energy Research Center in 2015.

The mission of this conference is to bridge divides that separate researchers of various disciplines from each other, from professionals in the industrial and regulatory realms, and from the public, and to facilitate a cross-pollination of ideas working towards the development of solutions.

Kim Shelley, Director, Utah DEQ Welcome and Q&A by Kim Shelley, Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality  
Prior to her appointment on January 5, 2021, she served as the deputy director and has held other critical roles within the department for nearly 20 years.  An engineer by training, she has a thorough understanding of the environmental programs that the Utah Department of Environmental Quality administers and a commitment to its mission to safeguard and improve Utah’s air, land and water through balanced regulation.
Chantel Sloan.jpg Plenary Speaker: Dr. Chantel Sloan.  
Dr. Chantel Sloan is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University (BYU).  Dr. Chantel Sloan joined the faculty at BYU after completing a postdoctoral program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received her Doctorate from Dartmouth College, and her bachelor's degree from BYU-Hawaii. Dr. Sloan has researched a variety of topics in respiratory health, genetics and applications in Medical Geography. Dr. Sloan studies the epidemiology of influenza, pneumococcal pneumonia and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) using different health administration databases. She is also interested in the impact of air pollution on respiratory health and susceptibility to viral infections.  She will be speaking on the interaction between air pollution and infectious respiratory diseases. 

Register and Submit an Abstract  

2021 Conference Flyer

Conference Format:

The conference is virtual this year. All registered attendees will receive an email the day before with a link for Zoom meetings.


The subject of this conference is air science. Topic areas include atmospheric chemistry, health impacts, meteorology, emissions, modeling, and public policy. While this conference specializes in topics associated with air quality issues important to Utah and the Intermountain West, presentations on air quality topics that are related in some way will also be considered.

Oral Sessions

There are no parallel sessions. Oral presentations should be understandable, at least in part, to air scientists from all fields. A major goal of this conference is the crosspollination of ideas between fields of study. The oral talks are 15 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions and change over to the next talk.

Poster Sessions

There are 5 poster sessions with all posters presented in series with 5 minutes per poster. There are several special events surrounding the poster sessions! (Attend the conference to learn more.)

Our Supporters

This conference is made possible by the generous financial support of the following organizations:

Atmosphere - Open Access Journal

UCAIR - Utah Clean Air Partnership

Utah State University Water Research Laboratory USU Engineering

USU Civil and Environmental Engineering   Utah State Univ., Uintah Basin

University of Utah Air Quality Program


Air Quality Testing

Air Quality outreach program by the University of Utah and Dr. Kerry Kelly where children build air quality sensors with (augmented) Lego bricks.

U of U: Air Wolf

Drone based air quality measurements being made by Dr. Kerry Kelly's research group at the University of Utah.

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Dr. Seth Lyman's air quality research group measuring the air in the Uinta Basin no matter the conditions. Dr. Lyman is with Utah State University, Vernal.