The University of Aberdeen and the Institute of Occupational Medicine established the Scottish Centre for Indoor Air (SCIA) in 2009. This collaboration builds upon many years of joint working on research into exposure to chemicals in indoor air in both domestic and occupational environments.

The SCIA involves a team of scientists with expertise in exposure assessment, modelling, chemical analysis and evaluation of health outcomes. We have experience of working closely with policy makers and a broad spectrum of stake-holders with an interest in the effects of indoor air pollution. In particular, we have played an important role in much of the recent evaluation of the effects of smoke-free legislation introduced in Scotland, England and other countries.Our work also extends to using indoor air quality data to encourage behavioural change and help reduce exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.

We also have a programme of research looking at the much higher concentrations of indoor air pollutants found in homes using biomass fuels across many less economically developed countries and our experience has been used in studies in Uganda, Nepal, India and Malawi.

For further details of our work please contact either:

SCIA Director - Dr Sean Semple, Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Occupational Medicine at the University of Aberdeen


Deputy SCIA Director - Dr Karen Galea, Senior Scientist, Centre for Human Exposure Science, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh

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