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Can Exeter Become A World Leader For Air Quality?

July 4, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

ExIST Can Exeter become a World Leader in Air Quality?

On Thursday 4th July 2019, ExIST (Exeter Initiative for Science & Technology) will be holding its quarterly breakfast event on the topic of Exeter’s position as a world leader for air quality.

Aims of this event are to:

  • Introduce some exciting academic and commercial projects around air quality going on around Exeter.
  • Encourage us to be ambitious as a region about our targets for air quality and our ability to act as world leaders.
  • Challenge us to think about how our ambitions can be achieved and what we can do to contribute to improving our impact on air quality and the environment around us.

Ticket price includes a breakfast bap of bacon or halloumi and mushroom (v) and fresh fruit jars which attendees can help themselves to along with tea and coffee.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Mark Roberts – CEO, Lightfoot
    Mark Roberts is founder of the connected car technology brand that’s transforming the way we drive. For over a decade, Mark has worked in the green transport sector. Starting with hybrid vehicle conversions before moving on to clean tech engineering and now, Lightfoot, which is changing the world’s driver behaviour.
  • Dr Matthew Hort – Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality Team, Met Office
    Matt leads the Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality Team, which investigates the transport, dispersion and chemistry of substances released into the atmosphere. His team’s focus includes the development and application of the Met Office’s Met Office Dispersion Model (NAME) for emergency response events including industrial fires, the spread of animal diseases, nuclear accidents and volcanic eruptions, and the development of air quality forecasting and modelling in the Met Office’s Unified Model.
  • Dr Beccy Mitchell – Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager – Environment, Sustainability and Food Security, University of Exeter
    Beccy leads the Environment, Food Security and Sustainability theme within Innovation, Impact and Business. Beccy will discuss work underway at University Exeter to better understand challenges associated with Air Quality, in the UK and internationally. This will include an overview of current work with the World Health Organisation, as well as more local oriented projects. She will also talk about how local organisations can engage in University Research related to Air Quality and Environmental Intelligence more broadly.

Can Exeter become a World Leader in Air Quality? Event Agenda

8:30 – 9:00: Registration, Networking, Breakfast

9:00 – 9:40: Mark Roberts, CEO at Lightfoot

9:45 – 10:00: Group Discussions & Idea Generation

10:00 – 10:20: Dr Matthew Hort, Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality Team at Met Office

10:20 – 10:40: Dr Beccy Mitchell, Environment, Food Security and Sustainability at University of Exeter

10:40 – close: Networking


Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology
01392 431133


The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab
MET Office HPC Complex, Upper Richardson, Exeter Science Park
Exeter,DevonEX5 2FSUnited Kingdom
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