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Daedalus Film and Science Festival

The Air That We Breathe (event) + Under The Dome (film)

Air Quality in our city and monitoring Newcastle's Urban Environment

Chai Jing, 2015, China, 104 mins

Thu 31 January // 18:30 / Venue Space

Tickets: 'pay what you think.'

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presents "The Air That We Breathe" - an evening about urban air pollution - short presentations by experts on the effects of air pollution on our health, how we can monitor it, and how you can help how you can help, plus stunning visualisations based on pollution data AND a banned film from China.


17:30 - all night In the foyer, Novak will be show-casing their stunning real-time visual projections of the Urban Observatory's AQ data from key Newcastle locations (http://novakcollective.com/ Novak logo



18:30 "How Air Quality Affects Our Health" by Dr Chris Stenton

Dr Chris Stenton, a consultant physician at Newcastle RVI, specialising in respiratory diseases caused by environmental & occupational factors and former president of British Lung Foundation - Breathe North. Dr Stenton has over 60 papers/review articles on these and related subjects.


18:45 "Air Quality 101 and Monitoring Our Urban Environment" by Phil James, Director of Newcastle University's ground breaking 

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a short intro to the science behind Air Quality monitoring, how the Urban Observatory tracks Air Quality (and more) - in our region, and how you can access  the UK's largest set of public real-time urban data and get involved in local initiatives such as SenseMyStreet.

19:00 "Open Forum - Q & A"

An open forum of questions and discussion with our panel :

  • Phil James (UO)
  • Dr Chris Stenton 
  • Councillor Arlene Ainsley (Cabinet Member for Transport and Air Quality)


20:00 Break for Liquid Refreshments at the Bar


20:15 Screening of the banned Chinese documentary about pollution "Under The Dome" (click for details)

After the film, bar will be open for informal discussion on the issues raised by the talks and the film.

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