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Confirmed keynote speakers

Dr. Yuguo Li
  • Topic: From SARS to post COVID-20 and beyond — What we have learnt on safeguarding indoor environments
  • Bio: Dr. Yuguo Li is Professor, Associate Dean of Engineering (Research) and former Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. He studied at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tsinghua and KTH in Stockholm, and was a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO. His main research interests are on built environment engineering (indoor air quality, city climate, and environment studies of infection). He led the development of 2009 WHO guidelines on natural ventilation, and more recently contributed to the ASHRAE Position Documents on Infectious Aerosols (incl. COVID). He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Indoor Air, and President of ISIAQ Academy of Fellows. He received John Rydberg Gold Medal from SCANVAC in 2014, and an Honorary Doctor Degree from Aalborg University, Denmark, 2015 and the Inoue Memorial Award, SHASE, Japan in 2016. He was elected a Fellow of ASHRAE, ISIAQ, HKIE, and IMechE.

Dr. Jelena Srebric
  • Topic: How can we mitigate future respiratory virus diseases? - Findings from five studies on COVID-19 transmission.
  • Bio: Dr. Srebric is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a founding Director of the Center for Sustainability in the Built Environment at the University of Maryland (City@UMD). The original focus of Srebric’s research is on measurements and multi-scale modeling of built infrastructure to provide reliable assessments of how these systems affect occupant respiratory health, building energy consumption, and associated CO2 emissions. Her most recent work focuses on personal protective equipment and personal comfort systems to improve health and comfort outcomes for occupants. She taught and developed new courses at University of Maryland, Penn State, and Harvard. She also presented more than thirty invited lectures at different institutions including Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Columbia University, National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Her work on Covid-19 was featured in News media including The New York Times, NPR, NBC News, Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, and others. She was elected an international member of the Serbian National Academy of Engineering in 2013. Dr. Srebric became an Elected Fellow of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) in 2018, and an Elected Fellow of the International Building Performance and Simulation Association (IBPSA) in 2019. Her research work was recognized with a 2020 USM Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Innovation.

Dr. Richard de Dear
  • Topic: A paradigm-shift in accurate individualized & digitized thermal comfort prediction
  • Bio: Over the last 35 years, Professor Richard de Dear has focused his research career on defining what occupants want and need from their built environments, and assessing the performance of buildings in terms of meeting those requirements. He is currently the most highly cited living researcher in the domain of thermal comfort, with over 250 peer-reviewed papers plus several monographs on the subject. Within that body of research it is his adaptive model of thermal comfort that’s had the greatest impact, not just on the research community but also on the design and operation of actual buildings. De Dear's adaptive model underpins the American Society of Heating and the Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers’ thermal comfort standard, ASHRAE 55-2004, 2010, 2013, which in turn, informs several national thermal comfort standards around the world.

Dr. Pawel Wargocki
  • Topic: CO2 exposure — The truth about the infamous 1000 ppmv threshold, and other COol facts
  • Bio: Assoc. Prof. Pawel Wargocki received his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark, where he has been teaching and performing research ever since. He has more than 20 years of experience in research on human requirements in indoor environments. He is best known for his seminal work demonstrating that poor indoor environmental quality affects performance of office work and learning. Other work influenced requirements for ventilation and air cleaning. Recent research includes studies on emissions from humans, on sleep quality and on performance of green buildings. He has collaborated with leading research institutions, universities, and industrial partners around the world such as National University of Singapore, Jiaotong University in Shanghai, Syracuse Center of Excellence, United Technologies and Google. He was President and long-standing board member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), Vice President of Indoor Air 2008, and Chair of ASHRAE committees. He has received several awards for his work including Rockwool Award for Young Researchers, ASHRAE Ralph Nevins Award, ISIAQ’s Yaglou Award and Best Paper Award in Indoor Air. He is the member of Academy of Indoor Air Sciences.

Dr. Nicola Carslaw
  • Topic: What does indoor air chemistry tell us about how to create a healthy indoor environment?
  • Bio: Nicola Carslaw is a Professor of indoor air chemistry at the University of York. Her work involves numerical modelling of air pollution chemistry in the indoor environment, investigating the chemical processes that cause high concentrations of air pollutants indoors, particularly those that are likely to be harmful to health. Our current research focuses on indoor air pollution that arises following cleaning, emissions from materials (e.g. furnishing) and humans (e.g. from skin and breath) and the impact of indoor photolysis. She has been co-PI on the Chemistry of Indoor Environments (CIE) programme modelling consortium (MOCCIE) funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 2017 and Chair of the EU INDAIRPOLLNET COST Action since 2018, leading and coordinating the activities of ~200 (mainly) European scientists in indoor air pollution research. She is also a member of the UK Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP) and an Associate Editor (on indoor air pollution) for Atmospheric Environment.

Dr. Martin Täubel
  • Topic: Towards health promoting indoor microbiota – with robotic crawling infants, microbiota transplants, or a walk in the park.
  • Bio: Martin Täubel has 15 years of research experience on the topic of indoor microbial exposure and the associated adverse and beneficial health effects. He is working as a leading researcher at the Environmental Health Unit of Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare in Kuopio, Finland, where he is heading a multidisciplinary research team studying indoor (microbial) exposures and associated health effects. The Kuopio group is one of the leading research groups in this specific area, integrating expertise in microbiology, exposure assessment, environmental sciences, bioinformatics, epidemiology and health sciences. His background is in microbiology and environmental biotechnology, and he has earned his adjunct professorship in Microbiology of the Built Environment at University of Eastern Finland. This topic describes well his main research interest, having worked over the years on aspects such as moisture damage, the associated microbial exposures and adverse health effects, as well as on infant exposure to microbes and the health promoting potential of microbial contacts early in life. Martin has been involved in national and international expert work assignments, including work with WHO Europe on a school IAQ survey, and he currently serves on the board of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) and as the chair of ISIAQ’s Scientific Technical Committee on Microbes in Indoor Environments.
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