ASE Small Sensor Symposium 2016

cropped-ASE_COLOR_banner_640x247px.png Small Sensor Symposium (ASESSS) 2016

National Railway Museum                  York, United Kingdom            

October 13-14, 2016

Overview and Background

Coordinated by the University of York (UK) and the University of Massachusetts (USA), this is the inaugural symposium on small air pollution sensors that brings together a ‘big tent’ population of sensor developers, users, engineers, and advocates.  The main objective of this meeting is to discern and disseminate some of the successes – and failures – of small sensor use in our communities; the intent is to pave forward a pathway in which these technologies can be used to engage stakeholders, provide capacity where it is needed, and reduce  – or at least identify – the tremendous uncertainty in these these technologies.  Broad topical areas that frame the presentations include: Small sensing technologies currently used in research, challenges in engaging communities, the new opportunities small sensors provide for air quality and exposure studies, and the future of small sensing.  The day-and-a-half event is generously supported by the Worldwide University Network, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Leeds, among others.


Please note that the registration is now closed.  Any further registrations are for the wait list, and you will be contacted no later than 11 Oct if we are able to accommodate your attendance.

Registration for this event is located on the following form.  There are no registration fees for this event, and it includes lunch (both days) and an evening conference dinner at a local restaurant in York.  The symposium is limited to just 60 attendees, and we regret that we are unable to invite everyone to this symposium.  Registration for this event closes on September 9th, 2016, and invitations to attend are expected to be sent no later than September 12th.


A small pool of funds are available to support junior investigators, or investigators from underdeveloped nations, to attend this event.  These bursaries are not likely sufficient to cover all costs (expected range of bursary: £50-600, payable after the conference).  Those who are awarded travel bursaries are asked to present a research poster of their work related to small sensor usage.  An hour-long poster session/social event will be help in the late afternoon on October 13th.

Dates and Times, Agenda

This event will be held from 9AM-6PM  on October 13th, and from 8AM through approximately 2PM on October 14th.  A conference dinner is planned at a local restaurant in York, and is provided to conference delegates at no cost.  

The agenda for this event is still under development (as of 28 July 2016), but we anticipate more than 20 oral presentations, 10-15 poster presentations, and plenary addressed by representatives from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the European Commission.  An informal conference dinner is planned for the evening of 13 October.


ASESSS will be held at the award-winning National Railway Museum (NRM) in York, UK.  More than 100 locomotives are displayed across this open museum, with professional conference and meeting rooms distributed throughout the facility.  The museum facilities are made available to conference delegates during the symposium and we encourage you to have a look around during your free time.  York itself has a rich history and is an excellent city in which to spend some time.


A number of hotels are within walking distance of the NRM.  Several options include the Premier Inn York (South and North), the Hampton by Hilton York, the Royal York Hotel, and the Park Inn by Radisson, among others.  Most of these hotels offer rooms for under £100 and are walking distance to the event location.

We regret that we are unable to assist with making accommodation arrangements for this event.

Traveling to York

York is easily accessible by UK National Rail (station name: YRK), with frequent service from across the UK,  The York Railway station is adjacent to the National Railway Museum.

Those travelling by air should consider flying to Manchester Airport (MAN), which is home to a number of low-cost airlines and offers frequent, direct train service from the airport to York.  Leeds-Bradford (LBA) is an alternative smaller airport that could be considered.

It is a 4 hour drive by car, and 2 hour train ride, to York from London.

Because this is a multinational partnership, we regret that we are unable to offer formal invitation letters to support immigration documents.

For more Information

For more information, please contact Professor Rick Peltier at, or our local host, Dr. David Carslaw at