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WS7: Indoor air quality in context of child environment – where do go from here?
Monday, 13/June/2022:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session Chair: Klara Slezakova
Session Chair: Joao paulo Teixeira
Location: CA102

Session Abstract


Built environment impacts both on physical health and emotional wellbeing of nowadays society. In that regard, air quality is the key element as it is not possible to have healthy built environment without healthy indoor air. This is especially relevant for children who are more susceptible to indoor air pollutants. Schools represent an environment where children spend long hours every day. Existing ventilation strategies in schools typically depend on natural ventilation or mixing mechanical ventilation, which are not fully capable of dealing with both long-range and short-range pollutants. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic vividly illustrated deficiencies of buildings for traditional technical solutions for achieving good indoor air prominently demonstrated in school buildings. While some solutions are actionable at this moment, it is necessary to develop pandemic-related science-based and practice-oriented guidelines on the safe operation of indoor spaces.


This workshop is intended for various experts in indoor air quality (public health authorities, engineers, buildings and facilities management, architects, researchers, students). The workshop will join key experts involved in the most relevant studies in school environments, namely UPTECH (Australia), BREATHE, ARIA and EnVIRH (southern Europe), SINPHONIE, and InAirQ (western and central Europe). It aims to summarize knowledge on IAQ in schools obtained

to this point, considering differences in geography, climate and culture with discussion on necessary scientific actions in the foreseeable future. The experts will address the challenges that school environment represents for children health. Particular attention will also be given to the role of indoor aerosols in child environments, ventilation needs to control the disease transmission and mitigation/preventive actions for the optimal management of indoor air in child environments in the context of the current and future situation


Indoor air quality in schools: multiple challenges to protect the health of our children

Professor Lídia Morawska International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (WHO CC for Air Quality and Health) Queensland University of Technolo

What do we know on IA studies in different child environments

Dr. Joana Madureira EPIUnit, Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Indoor air quality, associated health effects and health risks in Central-European primary schools

Dr. Tamas Szigeti National Public Health Center, Budapest, Hungary

Airborne transmission of respiratory viruses in schools: the role of the ventilation

Professor Luca Stabile Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy

Preventing outdoor air infiltration in schools and the need of ventilation: examples of the schools from Barcelona, Spain

Professor Xavier Querol Spanish National Research Council Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Department of Geosciences, Barcelona, Spain

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Topics: 1a. Indoor air quality, health and wellbeing - Biologicals, gaseous, particles
Keywords: schools, indoor air quality (IAQ), aerosols, ventilation, children

Indoor air quality in context of child environment – where do go from here?

Chair(s): Dr. Klara Slezakova (LEPABE, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Rua Dr. R Frias s/n, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal), Prof. João Paulo Teixeira (Head of Research Unit, Environmental Health Department, National Institute of Health, Porto, R. de Alexandre Herculano 321, 4000-055 Porto, Portugal)

Presenter(s): Prof. Lídia Morawska (International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (WHO CC for Air Quality and Health), Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia), Prof. Xavier Querol (Spanish National Research Council, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Department of Geosciences, C. Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona, Spain), Dr. Joana Madureira (EPIUnit, Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, Rua das Taipas 135, 4050-600, Porto, Portugal), Prof. Luca Stabile (Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Cassino, Viale dell'Università, 03043 Cassino FR, Italy), Dr. Tamas Szigeti (National Public Health Center, Váci út 174, 1138 Budapest, Hungary)

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