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  • Date and time: Thursday 13 June 2024, 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Location: In-person only
    National STEM Learning Centre, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Speakers, including Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, will discuss the power of chemistry to tackle air pollution and provide clean air solutions.

Emphasising measurement and answers, the event marks the tenth anniversary of the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories at the University of York.

Speakers also include Jacqueline Hamilton, Science Director of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, and Ryan Ballard, Engineering Director at JCB.

Each speaker will offer a different perspective on air pollution and provide thoughts on opportunities. Chris will examine the issues from a public health viewpoint, while Jacqueline will explore clean air from the perspective of the research community and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Ryan will describe how JCB are simultaneously decarbonising and improving air quality with a new generation of hydrogen engines. 

The event also includes an exhibition and drinks reception.

You may also be interested in an accompanying art-science exhibition, 'Atmospheric Rhythm: Storytelling by light', running from Saturday 8 to Friday 14 June at the Norman Rea Gallery, University of York. 

The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories

Opened in 2014, the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories enable experimental and theoretical studies relating to the science of local and global air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change.

About the speakers

Professor Jacqueline Hamilton is the Science Director at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and a Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry at the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories at the University of York.  She develops novel analytical techniques to understand the sources of air pollution both outdoors and within homes. She also studies how these chemicals evolve once they are emitted to the atmosphere and their impact on human health. She was awarded the 2009 Desty Memorial Award for Innovation in Separation Science and in 2018, was named as the President of the chemistry section of the British Science Association. She is currently the President of the UK and Ireland Aerosol Society.

Professor Chris Whitty is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession. Chris is a practising NHS Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and a visiting professor at Gresham College.

Chris is an epidemiologist and has undertaken research and worked as a doctor in the UK, Africa and Asia. He was Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) before becoming CMO and remains an honorary professor. Chris was the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) from January 2016 to August 2021, with overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including being head of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the government’s major funder of clinical, public health, social care and translational research. Chris was the interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2017 to 2018, including during the Novichok poisonings. Before that, he was the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID), which included leading technical work on the West Africa Ebola outbreak and other international emergencies.

Ryan Ballard is Engineering Director at JCB.


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Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible