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Cosmic dust – from stars to climate

Wednesday 15 February 2017, 16.30-18.00
Conference Auditorium 2, University of Leeds
Professor John Plane
ERC=Science² Public Lecture

As part of the ERC=Science² project, a series of public lectures will showcase cutting edge research at the University of Leeds funded by the highly presitigous European Research Council. From atmospheric chemists to musical historians, ERC grant-holders have secured millions of euros of competitive EU funding to undertake frontier research and make groundbreaking discoveries here at the University of Leeds. Come and hear how this research is progressing and the impact it could have on you and the world around you.

This lecture will explore the origins of cosmic dust in the solar system, its impacts on the Earth’s atmosphere and its role as an indicator of rapid climate change.


John Plane is a Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds and a Deputy Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate. He is recognised as a world-leading expert in the chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere, from the upper ocean to the edge of space. His research involves field observations, laboratory and theoretical studies, and the development of atmospheric models, in order understand the interactions between the different atmospheric regions.

Professor Plane has recently been awarded the Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal for 2017 by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), for distinguished research in atmospheric sciences. The research he will discuss in this lecture was possible thanks to an ERC Advanced Grant awarded to him in 2012 under the EU FP7 Funding Framework.

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