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Tackling indoor and outdoor air pollution for a healthier future

The Clean Air Programme is proactively tackling the air quality challenges facing us all today

We bring together leading researchers from across a wide range of specialisms, spanning the physical, social and life sciences to the atmospheric sciences, arts and humanities. By working together, we can better predict and understand exposure to air pollution and its effects on our health, including the impacts on vulnerable groups such as children and older people.

Our community of engaged researchers and scientists enable the UK to address these challenges and effect change where it is needed, whether through policy, behavioural change, or legislation. Our work also helps industry respond to the need for new technologies to limit emissions and exposure to air pollutants, thus reducing the associated health risks and supporting cleaner growth. Read about our vision, mission and values here. 

2024 Conference is open for registration

We are excited to bring you an update on the 2024 Clean Air Conference Analysis and Solutions: Responding to the Clean Air Challenge, taking place at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Birmingham on the 2nd and 3rd October 2024. The conference seeks to bring together researchers, funders, policymakers, industry, and not-for-profit representatives, providing a forum for sharing knowledge and making connections across the clean air community.

We are thrilled to have a diverse range of speakers attending:

Professor Louise Heathwaite (Distinguished Professor in the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research and Enterprise. New executive Chair of NERC).

Professor Sir Michael Marmot (Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London).

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui (Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and Honorary Professor in the Center for Psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London).

Professor Alastair Lewis (Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at University of York).

Professor David Topping (Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Manchester, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ).

Register your attendance here or scan the QR code in the flyer, spaces are limited!

Publications and blogs

Putting our air quality sensors to the test

Scientists use a varied array of sensors to detect and measure UK air quality, looking at…
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WHO publishes ‘Communicating on Climate Change and Health’ – a toolkit for healthcare professionals

The World Health Organisation has published this useful toolkit to assist healthcare professionals in talking about…
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Evolving our air quality modelling and forecasting

We need to continually improve our air quality modelling ability to better understand and address the…
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Clean Air Night 2024

When wood is burned, it releases harmful small particle air pollution which can pass into your bloodstream and damage your health 🔥 Learn the facts about wood burning by visiting the Clean Air Hub and share it to protect yourself and your community #CleanAirNight 👇
#CleanAirNight 24 January 2024

UK Interactive Map

Explore our interactive map and see the work our Champions have been doing in your area

About us

Clean Air Champions

The Champions bring together outstanding researchers across atmospheric, medical and social science to develop practical solutions for air quality issues.

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Wave 2 Research and Funding

Funding is through the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). Wave 2 aims to tackle new and emerging air quality challenges and address the associated health impacts on groups of people most at risk.

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Register on the portal

Register now to join our vibrant Clean Air Community.

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Delivery Partners

The Clean Air programme is jointly delivered by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Met Office, with others.

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