Air Pollution and Health

  • Free
  • Discussion
Photograph of Claudia Hammond in the Wellcome Collection Reading Room.
Claudia Hammond, Camilla Greenwell. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join Claudia Hammond and guests to discuss air pollution, the environment and health. Claudia will present the programme and interview the speakers. Then the audience will have the chance to ask questions. You can participate or just listen in.

The event will be recorded and edited into a programme to be broadcast on the BBC World Service. One of the speakers, Dr Amegah, will join the discussion by live audio link.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Reading Room on level 2. You can walk up the spiral staircase to the Reading Room door, or take the lift up and then head left from the Library Desk.

First come, first served

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee a place on the day. Doors usually open 15 minutes before an event starts and we advise arriving before the scheduled start time to claim a place. We hold some spaces for people with access requirements. If you have any access requests or requirements, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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In partnership with

BBC World Service


The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster. It broadcasts radio and television news, speech and discussions in more than 40 languages to many parts of the world.

Photographic black and white, head and shoulders portrait of Claudia Hammond.

Claudia Hammond


Claudia Hammond is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and psychology lecturer. She is the presenter of ‘All in the Mind’ and ‘Mind Changers’ on BBC Radio 4, and ‘The Evidence’ and ‘Health Check’ on the BBC World Service.

Frank Kelly


Professor Frank Kelly leads research across all aspects of air pollution, from toxicology to science policy. He is the Director of the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London.

Sara De Matteis

Sara De Matteis


Dr Sara De Matteis is an associate professor in occupational and environmental medicine at the University of Cagliari, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. As a member of the European Respiratory Society's Environment and Health Committee she advocates to strengthen the prevention of the air-pollution-related public heath burden.

A. Kofi Amegah


Dr A. Kofi Amegah is a researcher working on nutrition and air pollution policy in sub-saharan Africa. He is a Senior Lecturer of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Cape Coast.