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Entries open for this year’s Ian McCrae Award essay competition

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We are delighted to open entries for the 2023 Ian McCrae Award essay competition to professionals in our Early Careers Network. The IAQM acts as the voice of air quality in the UK, and this competition, judged by industry professionals, supports tomorrow’s leaders in their professional development.

Dr Ian McCrae was a very well-respected and widely liked air quality practitioner who worked for TRL. He made significant contributions to the understanding of emissions from transport and their links with air quality. In his honour, the IAQM will present the Ian McCrae Award to an IAQM Associate or Member in the early stages of their career (approximately the first ten years) for the best essay submission to the question below.


The winner will receive a free two day ticket to this year’s Routes to Clean Air conference taking place in Manchester on October 10th-11th, which includes a ticket to the dinner that is taking place, and will be presented with a trophy at the conference on 11th October 2023. They will also be featured on a dedicated IAQM and IES news story.


The Ian McCrae Award essay competition is open to all professional IAQM Early Career Network members: Associate or Full members in approximately the first 10 years of their career in air quality.


Submit an essay (maximum 650 words) on the following topic:

Earlier this year, local authorities were allotted funding to improve air quality. If you were to be allocated funding, what key initiatives would you pursue to improve air quality in your local area?

Entries should be submitted via email to Jo Maniscalco by 12pm BST on Thursday 7th September.

Judges will be looking for well written and argued submissions; there is no right or wrong answer.

The winner will ideally be available to attend Routes to Clean Air on the 11th October in Manchester.


12pm BST on Thursday 7th September 2023 

Any queries on the essay competition should be directed to Jo Maniscalco, Award winners from 2021 and 2022 and their entries are available to view on our website. 

Are you are an IAQM Associate or Full member in the first 10 years of your career? Then enter for your chance to win this prestigious title and a ticket to this year’s Routes to Clean Air conference. Good luck!
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