Online, 14 – 25 June 2021

Application deadline: 7 May 2021

Our Collaboration Building Workshops offer a space for exploration of new research ideas and the application of STFC capabilities to air quality challenges, and foster new collaborations that can develop further project ideas. SAQN have funding available to support these projects. We want to encourage participants to think innovatively about challenges and solutions in air quality. 

Due to the success of the online format of the first workshop, SAQN have decided to continue to hold workshops online. Holding the workshop online made the event more inclusive, as those with caring responsibilities and teaching timetables were able to join, and there were also environmental benefits due to the lack of travel involved.

“The format was brilliant, and in many ways actually better than an in-person workshop as it gave time for us to step away from the ideas and let them slowly develop.”

Participant, Collaboration Building Workshop 2020

Applications for the next Collaboration Building Workshop are now open, and we encourage applications from a diverse range of researchers and STFC staff.

We will be addressing the following question:

“How could STFC capabilities progress our ability to address societal air quality challenges through new collaborative research?”

Project proposals will not be restricted to any one subject area, but research that addresses the following themes will be welcomed:

  • Particulate matter: chemical and physical speciation
  • Instrumentation: expanding the capabilities of measurement
  • Air quality & health: PM toxicology, including toxic components/sources and novel insights from existing data
  • Big data: combining datasets, making them available to more researchers, novel interrogations of available data.

What will I get out of it?

  • Participate in a supported, professionally facilitated process to develop new collaborations and ideas
  • Develop your professional network outside of your own institution
  • Benefit from input and feedback from peers and mentors
  • Gain experience in developing funding proposals and pitches
  • Potential to be the Principal Investigator (PI) on a grant
  • Learn more about innovative online meeting techniques to inform future online collaborations
  • Opportunity to develop new collaborations that can leverage larger funding pots in the future

Applicants should first read the Workshop Information Sheet before completing the online application form.