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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. 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. Martin Täubel
  • Topic: Health-promoting indoor microbiomes
  • Bio: Martin currently works at the Environmental Health Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland, leading a multidisciplinary research team on Indoor exposures and health. His research has a focus on indoor microbial exposure assessment and on elucidating both beneficial and adverse health effects associated with microbial exposure indoors. Two of his current major research projects - REMEDIAL (Response of Indoor Microbiota to Moisture Damage in Buildings and Effects in Exposed Lung Tissue) and PROBIOM (Towards a health promoting indoor microbiome) - are dealing with these aspects.
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