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 being made available to download, including outputs from the round table discussions.

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

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.