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I’ll start: I’m Fleur Hughes, the Network Manager for SAQN. While I don’t have a background in Chemistry (I’m actually a musician!), I’m passionate about the environment, science and finding ways to improve the world, so it’s great to be a part of the network and make a positive contribution to air quality challenges.
I see my role as making connections between people in the network, so if you want to find a new person, technology or research, I won’t be able to do it myself, but I can probably find someone who can!
Dr Ian Mudway (who spoke at our launch event) is quoted in this article on the effects of air pollution on mental health.
Ideas might include… regular online networking sessions? A sub-group of ECRs working in air pollution to organise their own events? Information sessions for ECRs on STFC capabilities?
This report by RCPCH on health effects of indoor air pollution on children was published in January – presumably this has become even more important since the pandemic began and everyone started spending more time indoors.
Worth also having a look at the Defra report from June, based on the rapid call for evidence around AQ and Covid: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/reports/cat09/2007010844_Estimation_of_Changes_in_Air_Pollution_During_COVID-19_outbreak_in_the_UK.pdf