Sustainability week 2023

Briefing paper launch: Tyre wear particles are toxic for us and the environment

This event will introduce the first briefing paper from Imperial’s Transition to Zero Pollution initiative: Tyre wear particles are toxic for us and the environment.

The Transition to Zero Pollution initiative has been bringing together researchers from across Imperial to discuss the impacts of tyre wear pollution. Through these discussions we have written a briefing paper outlining the current knowledge on the effects of tyre wear particles on our health and environment, the need for an ambitious research agenda to build further understanding of the impacts on people and nature and develop solutions, and recommendations for policymakers.

The event will introduce the briefing paper and our panel of experts will discuss next steps for researchers and policymakers in addressing the issues around tyre wear pollution.


Dr Marc Masen (Mechanical Engineering) will introduce the paper and the panel speakers include Professor Mary Ryan (Vice-Provost Research & Enterprise), Professor Robert Shorten (Dyson School of Design Engineering), Dr Stephanie Wright (School of Public Health) and Professor Terry Tetley (National Heart and Lung Institute).

Joining the event

This will be a hybrid event.

  • In Person: South Kensington Campus, 170 Queens Gate
  • Online: Guests can join the seminar remotely on Teams. Details to be sent to those who register.

The panel discussion will take place 17:00-18:00 and will be followed by a drinks reception from 18.00-19.00 for those attending in-person.

About the Transition to Zero Pollution initiative

Transition to Zero Pollution is one of the first initiatives of Imperial College London’s new Academic Strategy. The initiative captures Imperial’s vision to transform the way we think about pollution, bringing together ideas around resource management, health and environmental impacts, socio-economic and human behaviour in a ‘whole system’ approach. Imperial are building on work being done to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and deliver net zero carbon, and going beyond that to build a sustainable zero pollution future.

Sustainability Week 2023

This event is part of Imperial College London’s Sustainability Week 2023.

Imperial College London’s Sustainability Week will take place will take place from 20-24 February 2023! Over five days, staff and students will have the opportunity to hear from researchers about their work on the transition to zero pollution, find out what Imperial is doing to reduce its own environmental impacts and get involved in exciting workshops and interactive events. Organised by Sustainable Imperial, the Global Challenge Institutes, Transition to Zero Pollution and the Imperial College Union, this year’s Sustainability Week centres on the themes of Climate, Energy & Waste, Biodiversity, Water and Air. Highlights will include panel discussions on climate justice, careers in sustainability, and the ecological crisis, an in-conversation event with Professor Tim Green, Imperial’s Academic Leader for Sustainability, and a Sustainability Fair on the South Kensington campus.

Find out more on the Imperial Zero Pollution website.

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