By Mary Wolfe
Photo by Laura Sandt
This summer I attended the International Conference on Transport and Health in Barcelona—a conference fully dedicated to transportation systems and health impacts. I presented research on children’s exposure to air pollution during school commutes. This conference was unlike many others I have attended—the schedule was very focused around the conference’s core theme, and the sessions were intimate. There were many opportunities for attendees to interact informally and discuss one another’s work. Even in the weeks leading up to the conference, I collaborated with my co-presenters to tailor the “flow” of our session. Together, we came from Universities in New Zealand, Spain, and China—which made for a session with very diverse planning perspectives. I truly felt the “international” spirit of this conference in every aspect of the experience.