ISIAQ Webinar Series: Part 1 of 3: The Recognition of Airborne Transmission of Infectious Diseases
September 28, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
ISIAQ announces a new webinar series related to COVID-19 and the role of buildings.Eighteen months after the beginning of the pandemic and the late recognition of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, what have we learned about: indoor air transmission? the way to manage buildings? the efficiency of air cleaners? These three webinars will discuss these different topics around the international experts involved in acquiring new knowledge and advising the policy makers. Free access upon registration. Zoom link to be sent prior to each webinar. Post-webinar on demand replay available to ISIAQ members. This webinar starts at 9am ET (Confirm local time at https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/)
Moderator: Prof. Pawel Wargocki, Danish Technical University (DTU), Denmark Speakers: Distinguished Professor Lidia Morawska and Professor Jose L. Jiminez
1) Distinguished Prof. Lidia Morawska, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Title of the presentation: A paradigm shift to combat indoor respiratory infection.Lidia Morawska is Distinguished Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, and the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health at QUT, which is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization on Research and Training in the field of Air Quality and Health. Lidia also holds positions of Adjunct Professor, Institute for Environmental and Climate Research (ECI), Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, of Vice-Chancellor Fellow, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), University of Surrey, UK, and is a co-director of the Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter. She is a physicist and received her doctorate at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland for research on radon and its progeny. An author of over eight hundred journal papers, book chapters and refereed conference papers, Lidia has been involved at the executive level with a number of relevant national and international professional bodies, is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and a recipient of numerous scientific awards. achievements in human environment studies.
2) Professor Jose L. Jimenez, University of Colorado, USA. Title of the presentation: The history of airborne transmission strongly contributed to its denial for COVID-19 by major public health organizations. Jose-Luis Jimenez is a Professor of Chemistry and a Fellow of CIRES at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his PhD at MIT in 1999 and his MS at the Univ. of Zaragoza (Spain) and Univ. of Compiegne (France) in 1993. His research group focuses on advanced real-time aerosol measurements, as well as computer modeling. He is a Highly Cited Researcher, and a Fellow of the AAAR and the AGU. He has been investigating airborne transmission for the last 2 years, and has coauthored papers in e.g. The Lancet and Science on this topic, and has collaborated on research on the history of this topic [1, 2].
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