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Empowering communities to take charge for a breathable future

Welcome to the 6th seminar of the six-part series celebrating Environmental Research Group’s (ERG) 30 years of research in environment and health, in partnership with the Policy Forum are pleased to present a public seminar series addressing Environment and health challenges in a changing world’.

In the concluding session of our 30th-anniversary seminar series, we will celebrate the work and achievements of organizations and community groups that have dedicated themselves to improving air quality within our city. We will hear about their unique journeys, the lessons they’ve learned, and their aspirations for future endeavours.

During this seminar, we will explore strategies to provide enhanced support to these communities in their mission to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment for the city of London.

Empowering communities to take charge for a breathable future.”

13:45 – Registration, tea and coffee

14:00 – Welcome and introduction from Dr Diana Varaden, ERG, Imperial College London

14:15 – 15:15

  • Agnes Agyepon, Global Black Maternal Health Institute – From Parent to Clean Air Advocate
  • Claire McDonald, Mums for Lungs – TBA
  • Daniel Rahamin, Breathe London Community Group – Bringing the community together to improve the local environment in which we live, work and play.

15:15 – Coffee break & activity

15:45 – 16:45

  • Oliver Lord – ‘Campaigning with communities: turning data into action’
  • Joe Swift, Public Health and Air Quality, Environment Agency – Air Quality Equity: Ensuring no single group or community unfairly shoulders the burden of exposure to poor air quality or is denied access to clean air “
  • Alejandro Colsa Perez, Head of Air Quality, Greater London Authority – Empowering communities on air quality issues: a local government perspective

16:45 – Words on the future from Prof Ben Barratt, Professor in Environmental Exposures and Public Health, ERG, Imperial College London

17:55 – Close

Followed by drinks reception until 18.00.

The seminar will be held on the 12th floor of the Sir Michael Uren Hub at Imperial College London’s White City Campus.


About the Organisers

The Environmental Research Group at Imperial College London combines air and water pollution science, toxicology and epidemiology to determine the impacts of environmental pollution on health and the causal factors. We work closely with those responsible for air and water quality management to support policies and actions to minimise air and water pollution health effects.

Imperial Policy Forum is the College’s policy engagement unit. It connects Imperial researchers with policymakers to discover new thinking on global challenges. Through IPF, policymakers develop relationships with Imperial researchers working in subject areas relevant to their work, sharing the latest research to support evidence-informed policy development. IPF also supports researchers to better engage with policymakers and to understand government’s research needs.

Event details

Event date:
November 15, 2023