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BESA to Sponsor First WHO Conference on Indoor Air Quality

BESA to Sponsor First WHO Conference on Indoor Air Quality
13 September 2023

A World Health Organisation conference in Switzerland focusing on indoor air quality will be sponsored by the Building Engineering Services Association.

The event, “Making a Step Change in Indoor Environments for Human Health” is being co-organised with the Geneva Health Forum.

The event will make a case for why indoor air needs to be better monitored, and how the issue is a challenge for both infectious disease and wider health.

The conference agenda includes sessions from Catherine Noakes OBE, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings at the University of Leeds and WHO Chief Scientist Sir Jeremy Farrar OBE.

The Chair of BESA’s Indoor Air Quality group Nathan Wood has been invited to take part in the conference debates alongside other international experts in environmental engineering, health, and indoor environment research, as well as government officials and policymakers.

“We already knew that exposure to pollutants in indoor environments had a seriously detrimental impact on the health, productivity and performance of people – with particularly serious implications for children, the elderly and those suffering from respiratory conditions,” said Nathan.

“However, the pandemic served to bring this issue to the attention of a much wider audience and deepened our understanding of the scale and depth of the IAQ crisis. I, therefore, look forward to sharing what we have learned in the UK about the importance of better ventilation and to learning from this stellar line up of international experts.”

Online tickets to the conference are available here.

Picture: a photograph of a wall-mounted air quality indicator showing a green "thumbs up" icon, with the words "air quality" above it. A person's finger is hovering over the button. Image Credit: Adobe Stock

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 13 September 2023


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