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This event is part of our series of lightning lectures at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2019. Perfect for getting a taste of science, why not catch one (or more) of these electrifying 15 minute talks?

We can't see air but we know it surrounds us and that we rely on it to survive. Therefore, unsurprisingly, the quality of this life-giving mixture of gases has become of increasing concern.

Atmospheric physicist Dr Mark Richards joins us to explain how we can monitor this using environmental sensing systems that can rapidly identify, track and map air pollution.

Whether by bus, bicycle or car, you might be accompanied by one of these wireless sensors as you commute to work. As you ride, these sensors will be collecting crucial data on-the-move that can enable the real-time visualisation of the quality of the air around you.

Discover the impact that such technology could have on local and global policy and, perhaps for the first time, see the air you breathe.

Running times

This event will run at 10.30am and 2.15pm and last approximately 15 minutes.

Talk - admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Limited spaces, admittance based on venue capacity
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 5 minutes before start of event
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements
  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

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