Clean Air for Greater Manchester - Joint Launch of The University of Manchester’s Air Quality Supersite and Manchester Urban Observatory
|Dates:||18 September 2019|
|Times:||15:00 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Science and Engineering|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, General public|
|Speaker:||Colette Fagan, Eamonn Boylan, Sir Richard Leese|
The launch of two major investments in air quality research at The University of Manchester
The event will launch The University of Manchester’s Air Quality Supersite and the Manchester Urban Observatory. Worth £2 million, these major capital investments combine expertise from the Manchester Environmental Research Institute, the Manchester Urban Institute, the Data Science Institute, and Digital Futures to underpin world-leading research into air quality and help Greater Manchester achieve its goal of becoming a green city region.
The event will be to launch:
• The NERC air quality supersite is a major component of a new network of observatories that host advanced air quality monitoring instruments to detect harmful air pollutants and their sources. The £0.75M observatory has led to The University of Manchester leading a major £2.3M programme within the UKRI Clean Air Strategic Priorities Fund.
• The EPSRC UKCRIC programme has awarded £1M capital funding to create the 'Manchester Urban Observatory' and develop ambitions around digital futures, cities, environment and health.
The event will showcase the investments and the multi-disciplinary research activities that will utilize them. The launch event will act as a forum to enhance the interaction between academic researchers, policy makers, health bodies and key business stakeholders to inform, examine and deliver the implementation of the Clean Air Plan and to establish the public health impacts of air quality in Greater Manchester and the impact of the planned improvements.
Attendance at the event is by registration only, if you would like to attend please email MERI@manchester.ac.uk
Role: Vice-President for Research
Organisation: The University of Manchester
Biography: Colette is a Professor of Sociology and the University’s Vice-President for Research (2017-). Previously she was Deputy Dean and Vice-Dean for Research (2010-17) of the Faculty of Humanities. She was elected to Senate in 2008 and in 2009 joined the University’s Board of Governors as a senate-elected representative, with her term of office renewed twice by election (2009-18).
Role: Chief Executive
Organisation: Transport for Greater Manchester
Biography: Eamonn Boylan was appointed Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in January 2017. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive of Stockport MBC from 2010. While at Stockport Eamonn led the Council’s £1billon programme of investment in infrastructure and town center regeneration. Since November 2018 Eamonn has also undertaken the role of Chief Executive/Director General at Transport for Greater Manchester.
Sir Richard Leese
Organisation: Manchester City Council
Biography: Richard Leese was elected to Manchester City Council in 1984. He became Leader of the Council in 1996. Richard’s political interests include devolution, place-based budgets and the links between economic development and social policy, developing open democracy and the community leadership role of local authorities; and the role of cities in creating a sustainable future. He has a number of additional responsibilities including Director of Manchester Airport Holdings Ltd, Deputy Mayor and Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Chair of the LGA City Regions Board.
Travel and Contact Information
The Bright Building
Manchester Science Park, Pencroft Way