PHE Air Quality Conference: 14 – 15 October

Public Health England have opened registration for the 2020 ‘Annual UK Review Meeting on Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution Research’ and ‘Air Quality and Public Health Stakeholder Seminar’. The meetings will take place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October 2020 respectively using Microsoft Teams Live Events.

Full details of the programme and registration information can be found on the links below.

Stakeholder seminar: www.phe-events.org.uk/aqph2020

Annual meeting: www.phe-events.org.uk/airpollution20

Collaboration Building Workshop to be held online

SAQN’s Collaboration Building Workshop, which was postponed due to lockdown, will now take place online. With so much uncertainty around holding in-person events, we decided that a virtual event would be the best option.

The workshop will be run by a professional facilitator, Christine Bell from the Centre for Facilitation. Meet Christine and hear more about the workshop format in this introductory video:

Read the information sheet, selection criteria and apply to attend the workshop on our events page.

Virtual workshop, 29 September 2020: Satellite measurements of air quality and greenhouse gases: application to regulatory activities

The Environment Agency and National Centre for Earth Observation are currently delivering a JNCC Copernicus User Uptake project investigating whether the Sentinel-5P TROPOMI instrument can be used to detect methane from regulated sources. This finding of this, and other current EA work on the measurement of air pollutants by satellites, will be shared at an online workshop on 29 September 2020 (0930 – 1630). The workshop will also be an opportunity to gather and share best practice on the use of Sentinel-5P TROPOMI and other satellite air quality (AQ) and greenhouse gas (GHG) data, with a focus on regulatory activities. The event is aimed at regulators and other potential end-users of satellite data.

The content of the day will include:

  • An introduction to the TROPOMI AQ and GHG products
  • Signposting of future developments in AQ and GHG satellite capabilities
  • The Environment Agency’s experiences in developing a capability to use TROPOMI data
  • Results of a number of case studies using TROPOMI and other satellite AQ and GHG measurements
  • Opportunities for two-way discussion with an expert panel

The workshop will contain presentations from the European Space Agency, The National Centre for Earth Observation, the Environment Agency & UCL.

Registration and participation is free but you need to register via our EventBrite page to attend. The registration page contains a draft agenda for the workshop.

This workshop is an output from the Copernicus User Uptake project. which is financed by the European Commission under the FPA no.: 275/G/GRO/COPE/17/10042

Co-ordinating Research Action: Air Quality & CV-19

SAQN are pleased to be collaborating with UKIEG and AQNUK to convene an online workshop, bringing together air quality, virology, aerosol, metrology, climate, health and built environment researchers to determine the current state of knowledge on the possible interactions between air quality and COVID-19, ambient environmental conditions indoors and out, establish evidence gaps and make recommendations for a necessary rapid response and longer term research agenda. 

We’ll be hearing from the UKRI Clean Air Champions, representatives from the health community and from Defra’s Air Quality Expert Group, who will be sharing initial findings from their recent call for evidence. 

Registration is free – for the full agenda and booking form visit the event page.

Virtual Cloud Computing Workshop, 23 April

If you are interested in Cloud Computing, and would like to know more about what is going with Cloud Computing across STFC and beyond, you may also be interested in attending the one day Cloud Computing Workshop on April 23rd (9.25 – 16.30), which is being held virtually via Zoom (https://ukri.zoom.us/j/671063844). Talks will cover science projects that rely heavily on cloud compute systems, including the Jasmin Climate system, and other science projects across STFC. There will also be a talk from JISC on the Geant cloud in Europe.

The purpose of the workshop is to help join up the Science cloud computing community, and to help build knowledge and understanding of Cloud Computing capability across STFC. Consequently, as well as the formal talks, we are also expecting to hold a session where attendees can give a couple of minutes pitch about what they’re doing and if useful, ask for help from others working on similar things.

This event was originally planned to take place on site at RAL, however, as it will now be held online, there is no longer any requirement to register, please just use the Zoom link above to attend on April 23rd.

New date for Collaboration Building Workshop announced: 2-3 November 2020

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we have postponed the Collaboration Building Workshop, which was due to take place in June 2020. Our new dates are Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 November 2020. The workshop will take place at Jurys Inn, Birmingham. The venue is in easy walking distance of Birmingham New Street Station.

Full details of the workshop, including selection criteria and timelines are on our website. Applications for the workshop remain open until 1st September 2020.

SAQN Launch Report

The first event of the SAQN took place 14-15 January at the Principal Hotel in York. Over 80 delegates from across the UK joined the event to hear more about the opportunities to tackle air quality challenges. Academics from many universities mixed with representatives from industry and colleagues from across the STFC. Policy organisations also attended, including staff from Defra, the Environment Agency, local councils and Natural England.

Sessions on the first day included information on the wider Air Quality landscape, identifying challenges and opportunities in research, policy, health impacts and industry. Presentations from STFC colleagues then highlighted the breadth and variety of capabilities available across the different locations and facilities.

Network members laughing
Network members talking

The second day began with a look at the funding opportunities available within the network and beyond, with a presentation from UKRI SPF Clean Air and one of their funded projects, QUANT.

Using the information from the presentations, the network then held round table discussions to identify topics of interest, and to post these to an online noticeboard. Over lunch everyone voted on the subjects that were of most interest to them, which were:

  • Ammonia – Challenges and Opportunities
  • Sensors and Miniaturisation
  • Machine Learning
  • Indoor Air Quality Monitoring
  • Integrating Data
  • Behaviour Change
  • Health Effects Monitoring and Data
  • Early Career Researcher Support Network

The meeting concluded with feedback from each discussion, leaving plenty of ideas for consideration by the SAQN and the network members. Presentations from the meeting are available to download.

Thank you to all our presenters and to everyone who attended the launch, gave us their input and made it a great success. Our next annual meeting will take place in Spring 2021. To find out about this and other network events, please join the network.

Photos: Paul Shields, Kevin Smith

Agenda announced for SAQN Launch, 14-15 January 2020

We are pleased to announce the agenda for the SAQN Launch event.

The purpose of the meeting is to identify areas of need and opportunity for research, industry and policy to work together, building collaborations across the different communities. There will be interactive sessions, focussed on discussing ideas and identifying areas for focus of both network activities and wider collaborations. Presentations will explore air quality challenges and future opportunities rather than discussing past research.

Details of the agenda are available on the events page. Speakers will be announced before Christmas.

There are still some places available at the event for network members. The deadline for applications is Monday 6 January 2020. To become a network member, please complete the pre-launch survey.

Applications now open for SAQN Launch, 14-15 Jan 2020

Our first event of the network will bring partners together to discuss opportunities for collaboration, inform the content of the network and begin to identify topics for future funding calls. The agenda will include information about the network, presentations from colleagues representing different communities, as well as plenty of networking time.

The Launch venue is the Principal Hotel, York. The hotel is immediately next to the train station, making it a very convenient and comfortable location.

  • Day 1: Tuesday 14 January, 11am – 5.30pm
  • Launch Dinner: Tuesday 14 January, 7pm
  • Day 2: Wednesday 15 January, 9am -3pm

Attendance is free to network members, although we are not able to reimburse travel expenses to all members. To become a network member, please complete the pre-launch survey.

Accommodation is available to purchase at the venue at the rate of £92 per night. We have limited funding available to cover travel and accommodation expenses for members who would otherwise be unable to attend the event. You can apply for this funding through the application form.