Experts call for a paradigm shift to combat indoor respiratory infection
Breathing City’s Professor Cath Noakes, along with 39 other leading experts in the transmission of airborne pathogens, have published in Science today. They state “we need to establish the foundations to ensure that the air in our buildings is clean, with a significantly reduced pathogen count, contributing to the building occupants’ health – just as we expect for the water coming out of our taps.” To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses, the scientists are appealing for tighter regulations to control air quality in buildings and calling for World Health Organisation indoor air-quality guidelines, which cover pollutants such as carbon monoxide and other chemicals, to be extended to include airborne pathogens. The experts say individual governments need to introduce and enforce domestic regulations. Professor Noakes said: “Over the years, we have neglected the role that the air circulating inside a building plays in the way germs and viruses…
We have launched our 2021 Spring Summer seminar series. Every other week we’ll hear from a different person – we’ve tried to get all our talks to cover a wide range of topics from public health to modelling air flows. Check out the schedule to see the full list of talks for this season.
New project partner: ASBP
We are pleased to announce The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) is now an official partner of the Breathing City Network. The ASBP is a not-for-profit, mission driven organisation working to enable a healthy and low carbonbuilt environment. They organise regular events, conduct original research and run working groups ontopics including reducing plastics in construction and natural insulation. One of the ASBP’s main areas of work is on indoor air quality within buildings, predominantly at the product-level, exploring issues such as source control, off-gassing, formaldehyde, VOCs and material toxicity, covered by their annual Healthy Buildings conference. The ASBP has in-house expertise on source control and air quality issues, and has authored a number of technical briefing papers on topics such as Formaldehyde and its effects on human health, the Health & wellbeing benefits of natural fibre insulation, and Airtightness, vapour control and breathability. We look forward to working with…
Conferences that may be of interest to the Breathing City community
We have been hearing about lots of exciting opportunities to attend conferences in 2021, here are a selection that may be of interest to our community: Online: 30 August – 3 September 2021 Call for abstracts. Deadline: 31 March 2021 Online: 6-8 July 2021 Call for abstracts. Deadline: 9 April 2021 Online: 1-3 December Call for abstracts. Deadline: 25 June 2021 Online: 24 June 2021 Call for abstracts. Deadline: 26 March 2021 Honolulu Hawaii: 9-11 November 2021 Call for abstracts. Deadline: 17 May 2021
Network partner BioAirNet organising first thematic workshop
Another one of our partner air quality networks, ‘BioAirNet‘, is organising their first thematic workshop on ‘BioPM sources and dynamics across the indoor-outdoor continuum’ on 22 February 2021, 10:00-12:00 (GMT). As the inaugural event for this theme of BioAirNet, the workshop will introduce the proposed thematic scope and outputs and will provide attendees with the opportunity to participate in shaping its direction of travel. You can also keep up to date with BioAirNet on twitter or see their website for further information. During the interactive online session, you will hear short presentations from the BioAirNet Theme leads and from an invited expert speaker. They’re aiming for a healthy balance of presentation and active discussion to ensure everyone benefits from hearing the views of academics, industry practitioners, regulators and stakeholders affected by poor air quality and air quality improvement. Workshop agenda 22 February 2021, 10:00-12:00 (GMT) 10.00 Introduction to BioAirNet, Theme…
Partner network launches air quality seminar series
One of our partner air quality networks, ‘TAPAS‘ (Tackling Air Pollution at School), has started their 2021 seminar series! See below for the upcoming speaker schedule. You can also keep up to date with them on twitter. The same link can be used to join all seminars (https://maths-cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/93099829011?pwd=WkREQUhQYmhpbEo5R3h0Tnowalc3Zz09). Future seminar speakers are as follows:
We have a YouTube channel!
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Thank you for a fantastic launch!
On Monday 18th January 2021, the Future Urban Ventilation Network hosted a launch event online. Professor Cath Noakes (PI) provided an overview on the project and four air quality experts delivered fantastic presentations. You can view these talks here: The afternoon provided more information about the project themes which was followed by four online interactive discussion boards. You can view these talks here: The day was concluded with a lively discussion panel to share a variety of perspectives on the topic. The invited panel were: You can view the panel discussion here:
Join us on 18th January for our Kick Off event!
Only 2 weeks until the network’s kick off event! Join us on 18th Jan to find out more about how to manage exposure to air pollution by considering the airflows between indoor and outdoor environments. Register here