Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research

An NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

We are a virtual centre that brings together more than 40 researchers from around Australia and internationally to pursue collaborative research projects and translate our research into practice. Our research aims to understand the health impacts of air pollution and new energy sources.


Our vision is for a healthier community through cleaner air and cleaner energy sources.  

In response to the 2019-20 bushfire season in Australia, we compiled this evidence-based factsheet. It outlines what the health impacts are to bushfire smoke, which groups are most vulnerable, what we can do to minimise exposure and why climate change is needed now.

18 December, 2020

Latest newsletter out now

Read CAR's last newsletter for the year to see our top 5 highlights of our work on bushfire smoke and health for 2020. 


From all of us at CAR, we wish you a well deserved rest and look forward to keeping you updated on air pollution and health in 2021!

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03 July, 2020

Where we stand on bushfire smoke and air quality reporting

Read our recommendations for improving air pollution information, public health messaging and research priorities in our submission to the Bushfire Royal Commission 



25 November, 2020

CAR's data platform receives funding boost

We have received funding from Australian Research Data Commons to expand our unique Data Platform (CARDAT) for mapping and analysing air pollution data. More information about our sucessful funding at https://ardc.edu.au/.../improving-access-to-public.../ and https://ardc.edu.au/.../new-data-projects-will-help.../

16 October, 2020

Guy Marks awarded prestigious fellowship

CAR head Guy Marks has been recognised for his significant contribution to science by being elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS). Fellowship recognises those who have demonstrated distinguished professional achievement in a field related to health and/or medicine; and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their field.

Congratulations Guy!



9 September, 2020

Our view:  Nationally consistent air quality reporting 

How should Australia's reporting of air quality improve? We've just released our position paper for technical audiences outlining our approach to achieving nationally consistent air quality reporting and health messaging. With the latest bushfire summer, there has never been a better time to look at how states report on air quality. A position paper for general audiences coming soon!




18 January, 2021

February webinar: Professor Susan Thompson

Happy New Year! Join us on 26 February 2021 at 12:00-1:00 pm (Sydney time) to hear from Professor Susan Thompson, Head of City Wellbeing Program at UNSW City Futures Research Centre

More info - Coming soon

11 November, 2020

November webinar: Identifying smoke plumes

Watch our recording from 20 November, 2020 as we we heard from Dr Alexandra Larssen from the USA EPA on a machine learning approach for detecting large fire smoke plumes in new generation satellite imagery. 

More info

17 September, 2020

October webinar: The Pollution, Climate and Global Burden of Disease Initiative

Watch the recording of our October webinar from Dr Howard Hu

on his work on the Global Burden of Disease-Pollution, Climate and Health Initiative (GBD-PCHI)

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