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06/03/2023 update: This call is now closed Call to action: To support the efforts described below, and develop research to generate the required knowledge, we intend to develop, and/or support, programmes which seeks to take steps towards linking source control, ventilation, indoor exposures, and health outcomes. To this end we ask that you contact: Contact: Kat Roberts ( in order to attend a meeting to initiate these efforts. Target audience: Clinicians, health researchers and applied health researchers, allied health professionals, GPs, health and social care co-ordinators and researchers, and health economists.   Need: People spend over 90% of their time indoors but the links between health outcomes and air quality are almost exclusively on outdoor air pollutants (Maji, et al., 2017; Hua, et al., 2014; Li, et al., 2020). We need expertise in evidencing and evaluating health outcomes linked to exposures indoors, incorporating both indoor and outdoor sources. Health professionals, building…

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Join the Breathing City network and a panel of enthusiastic ventilation experts to celebrate unique ventilation projects! FUVN are hosting a special World Ventil8 Day event to celebrate unique or unusual ventilation projects and the people behind them. We’ll be talking integrated ‘smart’ building controls, the internet of things, ventilation and thermal comfort, using natural and hybrid ventilation, sharing new and exciting experimental facilities and hearing about how ventilation played a key role in getting venues back up and running during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prof. Cath Noakes will be chairing questions to our panel speakers which include Our panel discussions will be particularly focusing on the opportunities for getting involved with ventilation projects! A recording of the event is available here Visit the official website for more info about World Ventilation Day

Ventilating and cleaning the air in buildings is a crucial part of enabling health and wellbeing of people. But it is so often ignored or poorly understood – and we usually only notice when there is a problem. Good ventilation can reduce exposure to air pollutants and infectious diseases, help us to perform better and be more productive, enable us to sleep better, and reduce mould and damp in buildings. We are launching World Ventilation Day #WorldVentil8Day. The intention is to use the day to put a spotlight on ventilation, highlighting why ventilation is so important, how it can be done well and to champion the organisations and people who work together to deliver good ventilation for health and sustainability. Our first World Ventilation Day theme is all about Celebrating Ventilation #CelebrateVentilate. We want to shout about everything that is good about ventilation, how we can help people to…

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On 22 September 2022 the Breathing City hosting a half day event to 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 brought together a range of speakers including: We also heard about four pilot studies funded by the Future Urban Ventilation Network: Recordings of all four talks are available on our YouTube channel

On 28th September 2022, Breathing City (FUVN), TAPAS and ICP-ERG jointly hosted an in-person event in White City Campus, Imperial College London, which engaged discussions from academia, industry, and public policy around ‘Understanding IAQ for healthy buildings in a net zero world’ and focussed on early career researchers and indoor air monitoring studies. We heard presentations across a range IAQ topics including monitoring, characterization methods, ventilation studies, modelling, IAQ health assessments and behavioural studies. The talks were not recorded but many of the speakers were able to share their slides which you can access via the links below. Plenary speaker, Corinne Mandin who headed up the French IAQ Observatory, talked on the rising issues and future challenges of indoor air quality with increasing urbanization and a decline in biodiversity. Corinne emphasized the importance of IAQ monitoring and the challenge in identifying the key, emerging compounds. She also highlighted that an…

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We have designed a repository by interacting with network members and responding to the network’s recent activities. We have considered which information is most sought after and are looking at other relevant databases/repositories already available to avoid overlap. So far 20 datasets + 21 papers are on the FUVN repository.  Please provide your dataset/paper link into the Repository, through FUVN Repository New Entries ( If you would like to suggest improving the layout of the current Beta-version, please complete the survey:  Survey of FUVN Open Repository (  The open repository is led by Pr. Zheng-Tong Xie

Breathing City’s Dr Abigail Hathway from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield has worked with artist Sian Williams to create a short video about ventilation for Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind. Festival of the Mind takes place across Sheffield from 15 – 25 September 2022 and sees the brightest minds from the University of Sheffield collaborate with the city’s cultural and creative industries, to help bring their research to life in exciting, entertaining and innovative ways. Free exhibitions, films, performances, workshops and talks across 3 venues exploring University of Sheffield research that is helping tackle some of the biggest issues impacting society and the planet. A celebration of ideas, culture and collaboration!

The CIBSE Young Engineers Network is organising a Student and Graduate Career Networking Day, taking place on 7 October in London from 11:00-15:00. We would like to invite your students to attend this day and ask for your support in promoting this day to them. It will be a great to opportunity for your students to meet future employers, secure summer placements and develop their soft skills. We have carefully curated a mix of organisations from across the Building Services Engineering sector for them to meet with. The day will include: Download this brochure containing further information on the day and a full list of the organisations who will be present, and posters for you to share with your students and on any student notice boards. The day will be free to attend for all your students, and they can register here.  We are also welcoming recent graduates (those within…

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On October 4th 2022, the “Every Breath You Treat” online conference will bring together (virtually) more than a dozen experts from academia and medicine to share cutting-edge research and insight exploring the effects of air pollution throughout the life course. There will also be the opportunity to get questions answered live by any of our expert speakers. This event to be the first of its kind focused on this subject matter in the UK. This online conference has been designed by Leeds City Council’s public health and air quality teams specifically for medical professionals, public health workers, and relevant academics anywhere in the UK. It has been accredited for CPD by both the RCP and RCPCH. From preconception, obstetrics and paediatrics at the start of our lives through to cardiovascular, diabetes, respiratory and cognitive health in later years—this conference will highlight the data and evidence available to inform medical practice…

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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: We will also hear about four pilot studies funded by the Future Urban Ventilation Network: To register for online attendance click here To register for (limited capacity) in-person attendance click here