NCAS Air Quality (formerly Composition)

Lead Research Organisation: NERC National Ctr for Atmospheric Sci

Abstract

The NCAS Air Quality Science Programme aims to perform core strategic research into atmospheric composition, to facilitate and coordinate research in this area, and to integrate that research into relevant activities in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and in NERC as a whole. Initially, research will be focused on formation, transformation and removal of aerosols, and production, transport and removal of photochemical oxidants. Research staff have been appointed to perform core strategic research in the target areas identified in the core areas of aerosols, photochemical oxidants and urban air quality.

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Allan J (2014) Airborne observations of IEPOX-derived isoprene SOA in the Amazon during SAMBBA in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

 
Description The programme has been influential in a number of different areas relating to air pollution science: 1. Identification of key reactions of gases and aerosols of relevance to secondary pollution formation and cloud modification. 2. Estimates of urban and regional emissions of reactive air pollutants and the significance of transport and energy sectors as controlling factors for air quality. 3. Assessment of the long term trends in background atmospheric composition of relevance to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion. 4. Development of new measurement technologies and methods used widely in air pollution research and regulation.
Exploitation Route NCAS has a comprehensive programme of engagement with Government departments and international organisation to ensure the science generated in the programme is used as widely as possible. At present there are active joint projects with Defra, BEIS, DfT and MOD in the UK, plus with UNEP and WMO internationally. NCAS is engaged in a number of important bilateral collaborations in China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil, Cape Verde, and South Africa.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Transport

URL https://www.ncas.ac.uk/en/air-quality
 
Description This submissions relates to the NCAS research programme on air quality. This large programme has generated research that has been used to support a wide range of science applications relating to urban air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change. The information has been used for policy in the UK specifically with Defra and BEIS on air pollution, and internationally with WMO and UNEP for climate gases and ozone depleting substances. The research has had considerable impacts on government reports in to the cases and management of particulate pollution and NO2, and science generated here has been used to underpin actions in the 2019 UK Clean Air Strategy. Research in the programme as also influenced international assessments of pollution and defined methods of measurement that are used widely, for example on issues such as exhaust emissions, the use of sensors and calibration materials. .
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Security and Diplomacy,Transport
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Advice to Defra through membership of the Air Quality Expert Group.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Scientific advice to Defra on airpollution issue through membership of the Air Quality Expert Group.
 
Description Advice to Defra through membership of the Air Quality Expert Group. Advice to Department of Health through membership of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
URL http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/aqeg/about
 
Description Advice to Department of Health through membership of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Advice to Department of Health through membership of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants.
 
Description Alfarra, M. Rami - Co-author of a strategic policy analysis report commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Consultation to UK MOD and AWE
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Consulting and production of a capability mapping of particle sampling capabilities in the UK for MOD and Atomic Weapons Establishment.
 
Description Development of the Air quality Data Analysis & Retrieval Tool (AirDART) for policy applications
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Development of the World Meteorological Organisation, Global Atmosphere Watch programme
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Development of the World Meteorological Organisation, Global Atmosphere Watch programme - advisory group membership and development of international measurement standards.
 
Description Member of Government Committees and Advisory Groups
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Environmental metrology: Expert advice and contribution to the development and assessment of the National Measurement System programme, co-ordinated by the National Measurement Office, part of BIS. This includes evaluation and recommendations on programme
 
Description Member of the Air Quality Expert Group, DEFRA - James Allan
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Member of the Defra Air Quality Expert Group.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Member of the Defra Air Quality Expert Group. Provision of advice on air quality compliance and policy in the UK to Defra.
 
Description AQEG Secretariat
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AQEG 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2018
 
Description Chemical Hazards
Amount £80,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 09/2015
 
Description Hazards airborne tracer detection
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 08/2018
 
Description Industrial funding, online mass spectrometry
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Organisation Anatune 
Start 07/2017 
End 12/2020
 
Description National Nuclear Security
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 01/2014
 
Description Research Contract
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Organisation Givaudan 
Sector Private
Country Switzerland
Start 01/2014 
End 10/2015
 
Description Wolfson Foundation
Amount £1,250,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Wolfson Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2012 
End 01/2014
 
Title WMO methods statement on low cost sensors 
Description Production of guidance on the use of low cost sensors for the measurement of air pollution. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Adoption by international agencies as best practice for the use of sensors for air pollution research. 
URL https://public.wmo.int/en/resources/meteoworld/advice-low-cost-air-pollution-sensors
 
Title Master Chemical Mechanism 
Description Master Chemical Mechanism is an explicit model of atmospheric chemistry used as a benchmark standard globally for simulated gas phase chemistry. It underpins multiple regulatory models and activities. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Model is used world-wide as the gold-standard atmospheric mechanism against which simplified mechanisms for regional chemical transport models are then compared. 
URL http://mcm.leeds.ac.uk/MCM/
 
Description Advanced UK air pollution network collaboration 
Organisation National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A UK collaboration of seven universities and NCAS has been established to create a UK network of advanced atmospheric composition measurements of relevance to urban air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner is contributing to the operation costs of facilities to study long-term changes in UK atmospheric composition.
Impact Data on CEDA archive
Start Year 2017
 
Description Defra-NCAS joint appointment 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Joint research position on air pollution and the management of the Defra Air Quality Expert Group
Collaborator Contribution Partial financial support of Dr S Moller and provision of office facilities in London
Impact https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/aqeg/pollution-sensors.php; https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports?report_id=934; https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports?report_id=935; https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports?report_id=830; https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports.php?report_id=897; https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports.php?report_id=827; https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports.php?report_id=828
Start Year 2013
 
Description Oil and gas offshore emissions estimates 
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Engagement with the government department BEIS and consultancy Ricardo on improved inventory estimates of offshore oil and gas rig methane emissions. Engagement with Oil and Gas UK industry body. Data used by government department for future updates to methodologies and inclusion in the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of information on existing methane measurement methodologies and data on oil and gas activity.
Impact Datasets at CEDA on oil and gas rig emissions of methane and NOx.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK - China research collaboration on air pollution in Beijing 
Organisation Chinese Academy of Sciences
Department Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP)
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A joint collaboration was established in 2016 to enable field observations of air pollution in central Beijing, with facilities and measurements shared between 15 UK and Cheese research groups. University of York provided equipment and expertise for the measurement of air pollutants, NOx, VOCs and aerosols.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of data on long-term changes in air pollution, access to tall tower facilities in central Beijing and wider coordination activities of the measurements made by many other Chinese researcher during the AIRPRO / AIRLESS field campaigns in 2016 and 2017.
Impact Large datasets submitted to CEDA.
Start Year 2016
 
Description NERC RRS Discovery in London. Public & Community Engagement. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presenting the research and facilities of NCAS as well as "Science Busking" on London's Lower Embankment. Involvement with this event raised the profile of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science within NERC and with a wide range of stakeholders. Over 500 people were involved with tours, busking and in other activities surrounding the events in October in London. Felicity Perry
Volunteers included Jamie Minaeian, Matt Gascoyne, James Lee, James Allan, Sarah Moller, Tor Smith, Felicity Perry, Ioana Colfescu, Zoe Fleming, Marvin Shaw, Tomas Sherwen and Sina Hackenberg
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://storify.com/PlanetEarthnews/rrs-discovery-visits-london
 
Description Alfarra, M. Rami - Participation in a radio/TV interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Alfarra, M. RamiParticipation in a radio/TV interview Interviewed live on BBC radio Coventry & Warwickshire on the Phil Upton drive show to discuss work on diesel emissions and air quality
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Alfarra, M. Rami - Press interview/briefing to a journalist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed by AZoNetwork-CleanTech to discuss our laboratory experiments and results on diesel emissions and their contribution to primary and secondary pollution in the atmosphere. The full interview is published on http://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=574
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=574
 
Description Alfarra, M. Rami - Press interview/briefing to a journalist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Rami Alfarra appeared on a show-and-tell piece for the BBC news website discussing diesel exhaust emissions and their influence on urban air quality. Here is the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34447545#
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34447545#
 
Description Alfarra, M. Rami - Press release/press conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact University of Manchester Press Release about work on diesel emissions and their influence on air quality: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/article/?id=15242
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/article/?id=15242
 
Description As an environmental coordinator, I lead a team representing department of chemsitry, University of Cambridge, to take part in a national wide Green Impact programme which is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by NUS. This programme launc 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated as a team and won a bronze award

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Careers event at Siddal Moor school, Rochdale 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participated in an event promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Siddal Moor school, Rochdale.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Consultation to UK MOD and AWE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Consulting and production of a capability mapping of particle sampling capabilities in the UK for MOD and Atomic Weapons Establishment.


None known (data collected in 2012)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Discussion of clean air strategy Radio 4 Inside Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview of Ally lewis for a discussion of UK government clean air strategy on Radio 4 Inside science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00021r4
 
Description Environmental chemistry outreach stall at NERC's UnEarthed showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Up to 7000 UnEarthed attendees were engaged with environmental chemistry activities. Attendees were encouraged to take part in small experiments to better understand the chemistry of their environment and this sparked further questions and discussion about pollution and polluting activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hay Festival 2018, lecture and short animation. Collaboration between Ally Lewis and Aardman Animations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hay Festival 2018, lecture and short animation. Collaboration between Ally Lewis and Aardman Animations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.hayfestival.com/p-13836-aardmans-dan-binns-and-ally-lewis-talk-to-andy-fryers.aspx
 
Description Highlight paper about short lived chlorinated chemical and the stratospheric ozone layer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A paper on short-lived chlorinated chemicals and their potential impact on stratospheric ozone was chosen as a highlight paper by the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. This lead to a joint press release by the European Geophysical Union and the University of East Anglia and generated considerable interest in the media, including the BBC, the Daily Mail, the Geographical magazine and EOS (published by the American Geophysical Union). The paper is: https://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/17/11929/2017/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41585552
 
Description Interview on BBC East Midlands Inside Out programme and East Midlands today news about schools activities. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Informed the public about measuring NO2 levels in Leicester and Notingham. Set up of a NOx box in local school.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Into The Blue - NERC Public Engagement Event - Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Into the blue Manchester was held at the Manchester Runway Visitor Park between 25th October and 29th October 2016. Staged under the wings of Concorde, the event consisted of five days of science engagement with a total audience of approximately 5,250 people, an average of over 1,000 visitors each day. Researchers, science communicators, stakeholders and the general public were brought together to bring alive the science we live and breathe.
Into the blue was conceived, funded and managed by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK's leading commissioner of environmental science. NERC has an obligation by royal charter to communicate its research with the public and to create a dialogue that can benefit environmental science, researchers, and society as a whole. In 2016 NERC capitalised on its unique opportunity to engage with public audiences by materialising the UK's largest research aircraft at Into the blue Manchester. The FAAM aircraft provided Into the blue with a central motif that brought to life the UK's world leading research capabilities.
Into the blue Manchester offered visitors a chance to tour the FAAM aircraft, attend talks, meet scientists and interact with a diverse range of hands-on science exhibits. Event contributors represented more than 30 universities and research centres across the UK, showcasing the very best of UK environmental science research.
From the outset it was clear that Into the blue was going to be more ambitious than any event NERC had staged before. To measure the success of Into the blue and to improve future events a comprehensive evaluation has been carried out. This has provided insights and metrics to allow NERC to respond to feedback. By engaging with and listening to our audiences we aim to improve future practice.
This evaluation aims to establish how far the Into the blue showcase was able to achieve the four primary objectives set out by NERC:
Make NERC science accessible to the public, stimulating enthusiasm and support for UK environmental science;
Engage targeted stakeholders with NERC science and innovation to create advocates for NERC;
Engage our colleagues to encourage pride in NERC and act as ambassadors;
Create a focal point for broad-reaching mass public engagement via media and social media based on these events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://intotheblue.nerc.ac.uk
 
Description Lectures/talks/debates 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three public lecture given on 'atmospheric pollution, from kerbside to global', part of the John Jeyes Award lecture series.
RSC Public lecture series on air pollution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXspBhHcx2U
 
Description Media Engagement - Felicity Perry and Zoe Fleming, on BBC North East and Cumbria's Inside Out 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Zoe and Felicity were interviewed for a piece about air quality in York by a BBC team from Inside Out
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Member of the Defra Air Quality Expert Group. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Member of the Defra Air Quality Expert Group. Provision of advice on air quality compliance and policy in the UK to Defra.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Multiple radio/TV interviews on air pollution science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Multiple interviews on BBC1 News, BBC2 Newsnight, Radio4, Radio 5, Sky News, More than 10 Newspaper interviews, all associated with VW emissions scandal.
BBC2 Trust me I'm a Doctor programme on indoor air pollution.

Interview on BBC East Midlands Inside Out programme and East Midlands today news. I spoke about measuring NO2 levels in Leicester and Nottingham and about the set up of a NOx box in local school.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description National Clean Air Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The NCAS Communications team delivered a National Clean Air Day information at a stand on the University of Leeds campus. We gave advice about the individual actions that people can take to reduce air pollution and their exposure to it. Leaflets and advice were given, and attendees had the opportunity to use a virtual reality headset and play an air pollution detection game. We worked with Leeds City Council and Global Action Plan to coordinate activities and obtain suitable advice materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description National Oceanography Centre Open Day - Various Staff and Volunteers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A group of volunteered to helped to demonstrate climate model simulations, and the FAAM aircraft at National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Open Day 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Online webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Profession web seminar on the use of sift online MS technologies for trace detection of VOCs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at Manchester Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at Manchester Science Festival for Penny University on air quality.

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Public Lectures on atmospheric science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at Manchester Science Festival for the Penny University on air quality.
Presentation at Royal Society of Chemistry on air pollution
Presentation at York Festival of Science
Presentation at Cheltenham Science Festival
Presentation at Haye Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015
 
Description Public Talks at Into the Blue, Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact James Allen, Sarah Moller, Zoe Fleming, John Pyle, Grant Allan, Guy Gratton all gave public talks on air quality at Manchester Airport Runway Visitors Centre as part of the NERC 'Into the Blue' event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://intotheblue.nerc.ac.uk/
 
Description Rami Alfarra - Participation in a radio/TV interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Rami Alfarra appeared on BBC Breakfast news 06/10/2015 to discuss the issue of diesel exhaust emissions in urban areas and their effect on air quality. The news piece included footage of our laboratory set up and a wider discussion of the topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description School Outreach 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Day of presentations to years 9 and 12 at Norton College, North Yorkshire about atmospheric science and research careers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Schools activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact More than 25 different schools events run by members of NCAS Composition on subjects associated with air pollution, ozone depletion and climate change
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015
 
Description Taught an interactive workshop for sixth form chemistry teachers at National Science Learning Centre. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Course was well received and the teachers learnt about atmospheric chemistry

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description The Air We Share - NERC funded public engagement project - Air Quality Roadshow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Air We Share: Summary

The Air We Share roadshows attracted over 350 visitors across three very damp weekends in Yorkshire during February 2017. We met a variety of different people, some wanted to ask questions, some were keen to raise concerns or some simply wanted to find out what the fuss was all about.

Many people were especially curious about how bad the pollution really was in their city, how it affects their health and how they might realistically avoid exposure to polluted air. There were also a wide range of perspectives on air quality, some people were aware of the problem but felt it was out of their hands and others were already taking actions to improve local air quality, equally some people thought that other issues were far more important than air quality.

The Air We Share Lates achieved 43 public visitors across three venues. Atmospheric scientists gave short presentations about air quality research which acted as a starting point for an open discussion between different parties with an interest in air quality.

Over 780 people completed our survey; responses of which will be shared with local and national bodies responsible for taking action to improve the air we breathe.

We had 15 scientists volunteer to deliver The Air We Share, of which 9 were early-career researchers that had attended our 'Getting Started with Public Engagement' training course in January. The course was delivered by an external provider who used The Air We Share as a practical example of a public engagement activity that attendees were encouraged to apply their learning to.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ncas.ac.uk/airweshare
 
Description Three public lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three public lecture given on 'atmospheric pollution, from kerbside to global', part of the John Jeyes Award lecture series.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013