The National Centre for Atmospheric Science is inviting applications to attend an NCAS Research Forum, entitled the NCAS/Defra Sensor Symposium. This forum is being held in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and will take place from 10:00 to 16:30 on Monday 14 October 2019 at Etc. Venues Victoria, London (SW1V 2QQ). There is no registration fee to attend and lunch is provided, but travel is at your own expense.

Places are limited, and applications are open at until Friday 23 August 2019.

The aims and objectives of the meeting are:

  • To get a common understanding between Defra, researchers and other users about the state of science around small air pollution sensors and effective use of this technology in air quality research/monitoring.
  • To explore barriers to progress in this area.
  • To agree action required, and ideally by whom, to accelerate the route to effective implementation of this technology in air pollution monitoring.

The meeting will agree a set of actions (e.g. funding requirements, research questions, scoping studies, collaborations, production of guidance) that are required to accelerate this technology towards effective implementation in air pollution monitoring/research. Attendees and other identified stakeholders will share these outcomes with those in a position to take action or drive change.

The meeting will also include a session which allows attendees the opportunity to present short, elevator pitch style presentations to the symposium. Presentations should highlight novel work that is delivering meaningful results not just examples of sensor network installations. For example (but not limited to):

  • cases where sensor data is being used effectively to provide useful insight or support decisions.
  • innovative ways to use sensors or their data to meet monitoring (or other) needs.
  • progress on implementable calibration techniques for sensor networks.
  •  relevant insights on effective sensor applications from other fields.
  • application of new techniques to inform sensor use, network design or to derive more information from the sensor data produced.
  • issues identified with sensors that may challenge how the community are currently trying to use this technology.
  • integration of sensor data with other data sources which enables greater value to be derived.

Presentations will be around 3 minutes each (depending on number) and should be designed to stimulate discussion and provide food for thought. Applications to deliver one of these presentations can be made through the registration form where there is a section for a short abstract (less than 200 words) detailing what you would present on. 

If you would like to attend the Sensor Symposium, please apply at by Friday 23rd August 2019. You will need to provide a brief statement (< 200 words) detailing what you bring to the meeting that will be valuable for discussions and in delivering the meeting aims.

We will confirm whether you have been successful in securing a place during the first week in September.


For more information about the meeting contact Dr Sarah Moller

Air Pollution Theme Leader, Knowledge Exchange and Research Fellow

Defra Senior Systems Research Fellow - Air Quality

National Centre for Atmospheric Science

University of York

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Telephone: 01904 321212

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For more information about registration and meeting logistics, please email Steven Sharpe, NCAS Events & Administration Officer

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