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Published: 11 April 2019

GCARE hosts global ‘clean air for all’ workshop

Air pollution experts from over ten Asian, Latin American and African countries met at the University of Surrey to debate and discuss ways they can realise their vision of a world where clean air is available to all.

GCARE workshop

Air pollution is thought to cause seven million premature deaths worldwide per annum, disproportionately affecting poor and vulnerable communities – especially those living in Official Development Assistance countries.

Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) hosted the Clean Air Engineering for Cities (CArE-Cities) project workshop on Wednesday 10 April, where international collaborators developed a cross disciplinary scientific framework for managing air pollution and its impact on the health of people across the world.

Professor Prashant Kumar, Founder and Director of GCARE at the University of Surrey, said: “We were delighted to have hosted our collaborators from around the globe for this Clean Air Engineering for Cities project workshop. The event offered an opportunity to share knowledge with colleagues in the UK and abroad – representing academic, industry and government sectors.

“One of our founding visions for GCARE was to help create a world where clean air is available to all and this global event was a step in that clear and positive direction. We are confident that the CArE-Cities project will continue to offer us opportunities to pilot new and innovative pollution trials, making the air we breathe safer for ourselves and for future generations.”

Professor Vince Emery, Senior Vice President (Global) at the University of Surrey, said: “This workshop is another example of Professor Kumar’s determined leadership, which has seen him bring together researchers, experts and thinkers in the field of air pollution to find solutions to some of the biggest questions facing our planet.”

Professor David Sampson, Vice-Provost, Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, said: “The GCARE team is a continuing credit to the University of Surrey – providing a strong, authoritative and impactful voice in air pollution research. GCARE’s focus on global collaboration is one that we wish to replicate throughout many of our research projects across the University. It is a major contributor to our leading efforts in Sustainability.”

Clean Engineering for Cities (CArE-Cities) project is funded by Research England via University of Surrey under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The workshop at the University of Surrey allowed participants to explore new and expanded research collaborations and future pilot studies to drive the clean air agenda forwards. Further details of the project can be found here.