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WS14: How to quantify impacts of low-cost solutions to mitigate Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) in schools?
Tuesday, 14/June/2022:
10:30am - 12:00pm

Session Chair: Pedro Tiago Barbosa da Silva Branco
Session Chair: Sofia Isabel Vieira de Sousa
Location: CA102

Session Abstract


Schools suffer from poor indoor air quality (IAQ), impairing children’s learning ability and health. Literature claims an urgent need to implement mitigation strategies to reduce indoor air pollution (IAP) in schools. Recent studies propose actions using emerging low-cost technologies (low-cost sensors, portable air cleaners). Nevertheless, there is no universal methodology to quantify the impacts of the application of mitigation strategies to reduce IAP in schools, literature is scarce and scattered, and some questions remain. Which low-cost solutions can be implemented? What are the challenges of their implementation? What can be the role of children/staff? How can we quantify the impacts of those solutions in IAQ and health burden?


Organised by the SENSINAIR project team (, this workshop intends to contribute for the development of a methodology to quantify the real impacts of IAP mitigation solutions in schools. Participants will: i) learn state-of-the-art low-cost mitigation solutions; and ii) discuss and contribute for a methodology for quantifying the impacts in terms of IAQ and health benefits. Learning from world-renowned experts and from the experience of SENSINAIR project, participants will also have the opportunity to share their own experience.


Towards reducing Indoor Air Pollution: from nature-based solutions to innovative technologies

Lidia Morawska International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH), QUT, Australia

Does reducing air pollution exposure has health benefits? Insights about quantifying health impacts due to air pollution exposure

Isabella Annesi-Maesano INSERM, University of Montpellier, France

Can low-cost solutions be effective in reducing IAP? Case-studies in schools

Juliana Sá LEPABE, ALiCE, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal

A multipollutant approach for IAQ studies in schools

Pedro Branco LEPABE, ALiCE, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal

Discussion of the challenges and opportunities of developing a methodology to quantify the impacts of IAP mitigation measures

Sofia Sousa and all workshop participants

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Topics: 1a. Indoor air quality, health and wellbeing - Biologicals, gaseous, particles, 5c. Monitoring of indoor air quality - Analytics and sensors, 6c. Ventilation and air cleaning - Portable air cleaners
Keywords: mitigation, school, low-cost sensors, portable air cleaners

How to quantify impacts of low-cost solutions to mitigate Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) in schools?

Chair(s): Sofia Isabel Vieira Sousa (LEPABE - FEUP, Portugal), Pedro Tiago Barbosa da Silva Branco (LEPABE - FEUP, Portugal)

Presenter(s): Lidia Morawska (Queensland University of Technology, Australia), Sofia IV Sousa (LEPABE - FEUP, Portugal), Pedro TBS Branco (LEPABE - FEUP, Portugal), Juliana P Sá (LEPABE - FEUP, Portugal), Isabella Annesi-Maesano (INSERM, University of Montpellier, France)

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