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Climate Innovators - Create real solutions to your city’s climate challenge, take action in your city!

How will you benefit from Climathon?

  • Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

Application Deadline: 25th October, 2017


How can Leeds pioneer clean air solutions to tackle air pollution and become a Clean Air/Low Emission City that improves Leeds for residents, businesses and visitors?

APOLOGIES - This Climathon is now fully booked! Thanks for all your interest. Please email Catherine at c.a.graves@leeds.ac.uk if you'd like to be involved and I can put you on the reserve list. Many thanks.


26-27 October, 8.00-20.00 (both days)

With Leeds chosen by the UK government to become one of five Clean Air Zones in England, what will it take to deliver this ambitious plan and change living and working in Leeds for the better, for all? Our Climathon asks the question, ‘How can Leeds pioneer clean air solutions to tackle air pollution and become a Clean Air/Low Emission City that improves Leeds for residents, business and visitors?’ Join us for this year's 24 hour Climathon, spread across two days, from 8am - 8pm, on the 26th-27th October! 

Almost 700 people in Leeds will die this year from illnesses related to air pollution. Regionally, Leeds is a hotspot for air pollution in Yorkshire and nationally it is the third worst polluted city in the UK. Responding to the health crisis caused by air pollution already costs the local public health economy £480 million and Leeds’ failure to meet EU targets on air quality – it is one of seven major UK cities in breach of legal levels - will incur massive financial penalties by 2020.

All this on top of the human misery and suffering of illness caused by air pollution, including cancer, heart disease, strokes and respiratory illness. Traffic pollution has also been linked with dementia. And it's not only the burgeoning health implications: the transportation sector is also responsible for around a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change. Industrial emissions, which also contribute to air quality, make up another quarter.

Our Leeds Climathon encourages practical and creative approaches to help trigger innovation and enterprise in response to this challenge. We have teamed up with the Institute for Transport Studies, the Sustainability Research Institute, the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, Cities theme and the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds, as well as the newly formed Leeds Climate Commission, currently chaired by Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds. With members from 24 organisations, businesses and the third sector, Leeds Climate Commmission will be hosting our Climathon and brings together a wide range of interests, talent and experience to our Clean Air/Low Emission City challenge.

Once again we will be holding the event at ODI Leeds and plan to utilise and build on data from previous transport and air hacks that the experienced ODI team have run. Our 2017 Climathon will include the opportunity to take part in raw data collection experiments and also offers a virtual reality element as a potential tool for exploring approaches too, with access to a pedestrian simulator and VR kit from the Virtuocity team at the Institute for Transport Studies.

PLEASE NOTE our Climathon runs for two full days (08.00-20.00, 26th and 27th October) but does not run overnight this time. This is to encourage participation by a wider range of stakeholders. So, whether you are an engineer or an entrepreneur, artist or scientist, consultant or citizen, innovator or data cruncher, in business or in a community group, if you want to be part of a pioneering clean air/low emission solution that improves Leeds for residents, businesses and visitors, we want you to be part of our Leeds Climathon! ​

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If you have any queries about the Climathon please contact:

Local Contact
Leeds Climate Commission and the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds
+44 113 343 9914
Global Contact
Climathon Manager
Orsolya Barna
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