At the UK Health Security Agency's Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards Directorate (RCE), we recognise the importance of involving and engaging the wider community in our research, including through our work with the Health Protection Research Units

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IF Oxford 2023
THE RCE Outreach Network and the Health Protection Research Units are going to the Oxford Science and Ideas Festival, IF Oxford this October. We will be attending at two festival events:

  • Explorazone which takes place on Saturday October 7th, from 11am - 5pm at the Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford
  • Live Labs on Saturday 14th October, from 10.00-12.00, 12.30-2.30, and 3-5 at the Science Oxford venue on Quarry Road, Headington. Both of these are focussed on hidden environmental hazards, teaching both young and less-young about indoor and outdoor air pollution, and hazards such as water, asbestos, lead, carbon monoxide and radon

A variety of activities will be taking place, including storytime sessions throughout each day. Everything will be aimed at entertaining and educating, so should be lots of fun.


June 2023

A member of the RCE outreach team attended the "Science Spectacular Day" at Katesgrove Primary School Reading, leading activities about protection from UV light and the use of sun cream.

October 2022

Members of the RCE Outreach Network attended IF Oxford, the Oxford Science and Ideas Festival, attending both the Explorazone and Tech Works events. The team presented Risky Business with activities related to indoor air pollution, UV light and protection from suncream, and radiations risk at both these events. Both events were well attended by families and all activities were well received. It is estimated that over the 2 days we spoke to around 300 people, sharing some of the work of RCE.

June 2022

UKHSA's Air Quality team attended the ATOM Family Science Fair on June 3rd, part of the Festival of Science and Technology. ATOM Science and Technology Festival, Abingdon-on-Thames - ATOM Family Science Fair (

March 2022

UKHSA/RCE attended the New Scientist Live Event in Manchester, collaborating with Imperial College under two Health Protection Research Units: Environmental Exposures and Health and Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards. All areas of work in the HPRUs were represented by exhibits and material on the stand. Interactive exhibits included the wheel of fortune which invited participants to spin a wheel that in roulette fashion that chose a question on some form of environmental health effect for participants to answer and interact with.

February 2022

A small group from UKHSA's RCE attended a careers event for children at a Didcot school.

October 2021

UKHSA, in partnership with the Environmental HPRUs are attending the Explorazone at IF Oxford, the Oxford Science + Ideas Festival on October 9th and 10th. The stand includes activities related to air quality, radon and UV exposure.

March 2021

In celebration of British Science Week and International Women's Day on the 8th March, we are delighted to share with you some fun videos and links to wider resources that our female (and male!) scientists originally put together for the Oxford Science Festival.


The following links provide information on specific areas within Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (RCE). Some of these are to external websites. Please note that video links are probably best suited to ages 11 and up.

Resources on specific areas include:

Ionising Radiation:


Ultra-violet light (UV):

  • UV Index graphs