The OPAL portfolio is headed by Imperial College London and led by Dr David Slawson, based at the college’s Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP).
Rated among the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.
The CEP focuses on environmental and development issues, including energy, pollution and natural resource management. The centre aims to have a global impact on energy and environmental security policy, management of environmental quality, and sustainable environmental governance, through research and engagement.
Imperial and OPAL
Imperial has led the OPAL project since its inception in 2007, and during the first phase of the project, was the home of the OPAL Climate Change Research Centre, the OPAL Air Centre and the OPAL Soil Centre.
It led on the development of three OPAL surveys: the Soil and Earthworm Survey, the Air Survey and the Tree Health Survey. The college is also a base for OPAL community scientists working across London and the south east of England.
In January 2013, Imperial published the Community Environment Report, which presented OPAL’s interim findings from the first five years of the project.
Imperial is now coordinating the roll-out of the OPAL project into
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from 2014-16.