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Thu, 22 September 2022 11:30 – 17:30 BST This half day event will explore indoor air quality for health with a particular focus on “Understanding AQ for health in different environments” – discussing the challenges of measuring air quality and ventilation and relating this to health parameters. We will bring together a range of speakers including: Prof. Chris Whitty (pre-recorded): AQ and health; challenges and needs Dr. David Fishwick: The Lungs at Work; formidable yet fragile Dr. Miranda Loh: title tbc Cairan Van Rooyen: Public ventilation surveys Dr. Abigail Hathway: Measuring ventilation rates in hospitality venues Dr. Curtis Gubb (tbc): Healthy building design We will also hear about four pilot studies funded by the Future Urban Ventilation Network: Dr. Marco Felipe King: Not every air quality measurement should be treated the same: standardising visuals Dr. Monica Mateo-Garcia: Impact of different building standards on indoor air quality in homes Dr. Hong…

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In recent weeks there has been a flurry of publications associated with both indoor and outdoor air quality, respiratory health, and pollutant exposure. We have provided a short summary of a selection of these to help you keep up to date! WHO publication: Health and Combined Exposure to Multiple Chemicals in Indoor Air This publication closes the series on the assessment of children’s health risks from exposure to multiple chemicals in indoor air in schools, kindergartens and day-care centres. It provides a selection of evidence-informed risk-reduction measures that can be considered for implementation in public settings for children at the local level based on the results of health risk assessments. Guidance: Ventilation to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19 The UKHSA have updated a report providing guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including coronavirus. It discusses what ventilation is and…

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5-6 July 2023, University of Birmingham The countdown to the Clean Air Networks Conference begins! We are delighted to announce the Clean Air Networks Conference, to be held at the University of Birmingham 5-6 July 2023. The conference is a collaboration between the seven networks funded under the UK Clean Air Strategic Priority Fund (Wave 2), the STFC Air Quality Network and the UK Clean Air Champions. The focus of the network is to showcase the work done over the past four years and to identify, as a legacy for the UK Clean Air community, the next steps for indoor and outdoor  air quality research and policy. The conference programme will highlight the cross-cutting themes and foci of the networks’ activities, presenting examples of their findings and collaborations with stakeholders. Delegates will also engage in discursive sessions to consider the implications of the networks’ findings and identify future research and…

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So far 9 datasets + 10 papers are on the FUVN repository.  Please provide your dataset/paper link into the Repository, through FUVN Repository New Entries (google.com). If you would like to suggest improving the layout of the current Beta-version, please complete the survey:  Survey of FUVN Open Repository (google.com).  We hope to open the Repository to the public shortly in the summer.

FUVN Co-I, Jim Stewart-Evans, with the Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards Directorate of the UK Health Security Agency have published a new Issue of the Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report to coincide with national Clean Air Day. The theme of this issue is Reducing health harms associated with air pollution and it is available to download from the gov.uk website. Content covers: The UK Health Security Agency Cleaner Air Programme Building the evidence base (five articles, including updated mortality burden estimates attributable to air pollution) Influencing and supporting stakeholders (five articles, including setting air pollution targets under the Environment Act 2021) Improving awareness and understanding (four articles, including a guest article on the role of health professionals by Global Action Plan, organisers of Clean Air Day) An extended feature article on current understanding of the influence of the COVID-19 outbreak on the health effects of air pollution You can find…

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“The pandemic has warned us of the risks that are around the corner and we need better buildings to help us live with covid and future diseases. Now is the time for the major upgrade to our indoor environments” says Breathing City Principal Investigator Prof. Cath Noakes. A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s National Engineering Policy Centre takes a systems look at infection resilience in buildings to consider across design stages and operations on how we can make them healthy alongside being safe and sustainable. Noakes was involved with workshops with input across buildings and transport sectors and, with colleagues, commissioned three associated studies into research capacity, international best practice and the economics of improving buildings for infection resilience. The report estimates the cost of seasonal diseases is £8billion per year and the societal cost in a pandemic year is £23billion per year. This is disruption and…

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In April, members of the TAPAS network, the FUVN network, the CSTB and the OQAI met to discuss national indoor air quality strategies in France and the UK. The meeting of these four initiatives, together with invited experts from academia, industry and government science organisations, happened over two days in Paris and involved a series of presentations and workshops. A key focus of the meeting was on “observing indoor air” – how we can develop coordinated approaches to capturing data on indoor air quality at scale and over long periods of time and how this can be used to understand health effects and support policy and practice. The knowledge sharing and informative discussions will shape both the French and UK networks’ future indoor air quality studies and campaigns. The UK networks, TAPAS and FUVN, are 3 year funded projects designed to bring together stakeholders across academia, education, public health, policy,…

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In December 2021, members of the Breathing City network attended a joint National Engineering Policy Centre and Chief Medical Officer roundtable on air pollution to help inform the 2022 CMO Annual Report. The report intends to focus on evidence for potential solutions to reduce the public health impacts of outdoor and indoor air pollution and offer recommendations based on this evidence. A roundtable meeting note has been published today, ‘Engineering a reduction in air pollution’, which provides an overview of the roles of engineering in reducing the harmful health effects of air pollution. Members of the Breathing City network were involved with the second roundtable which focused on solutions for the built environment. The first explored transport solutions to reduce air pollution. The group discussed a number of built environment interventions that could have significant impact on indoor and outdoor air pollution including: reducing traffic, modal shifts in transport use,…

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Fri, 1 July 2022 09:30 – 13:00 BST. This is an event for early career researchers and professionals who work in air quality to share their projects, discover opportunities to collaborate, and find out more about career paths in air quality. Register on Eventbrite Watch on YouTube The half day event will open with a talk from Prof. Cath Noakes who will be highlighting some of the big-picture indoor/outdoor air quality challenges over the next 20 years. This will be followed by presentations from early career researchers/professionals in academia, the public sector, and industry, showcasing their work on both indoor and outdoor air quality. Speakers include: Mark Nichols Hydrock George O’Ferral Southampton Local Authority Dr. Cristina Rodriguez Rivero University of Cambridge Siobhan Goodman Delta Simons Anna Garson Clean Air Fund Dr. Desmond Lim University of Southampton The talks will be followed by a panel discussion where early career professionals can put forward their…

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Job vacancy: Environmental Public Health Scientist, UK Health Security https://www.healthjobsuk.com/job/v4202617 UKHSA (UK Health Security Agency – formerly Public Health England) are currently recruiting an enthusiastic and competent scientist, with experience of undertaking research, especially on indoor air quality / ventilation modelling (preferred languages: C++, R) ), to join the highly multidisciplinary Air Quality and Public Health Group. This is a permanent post that be based at one of the following UKHSA sites: Chilton / Birmingham / Bristol / Nottingham / Newcastle / London, depending on the successful candidate’s location. Application closing: 8/6/2022

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