Keynote speakers
Prof. Da Chen | School of Environment, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China |
Speech title:  Emerging contaminants of concern in indoor environment and potential health risks
 Biography  Dr. Chen received Ph.D. at The College of William and Mary and postdoctoral training at Environment Canada. His research aims to explore the sources, fate, and distribution of a large variety of environmental pollutants, investigate the associations between environmental exposure and adverse health outcomes, and explore potential mechanisms with metabolomics techniques. He is an Associate Editor with Environment International, Environmental Pollution, and Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, as well as an Editorial Board member of Science of the Total Environment. 

Prof. Hsiu-Ling Chen National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, China | President, Taiwan Society of Indoor Environmental Quality |
Speech title: The Development of Green Building Material in Taiwan
 Biography  Prof. Chen received B.Sc (1995), M.Sc (1997) and Ph.D (2004) degrees from Public Health of Kaohsiung Medical University, Environmental and Occupational Health of National Cheng Kaung University, Basic Medicine of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. She is now the Director/Professor of Department of Food Safety/Hygiene and Risk Management, National Cheng Kung University and Distinguished Professor of Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering in Hung Kuang University, Taiwan.

Prof. Richard de Dear (ISIAQ Fellow) School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Australia |
Speech title: Adaptive thermal comfort and cognitive performance
 Biography  Prof. de Dear has been actively conducting thermal comfort research for almost forty years. At the University of Sydney, he is the Director of the Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory, as well as Coordinator of the Masters in High Performance Buildings. He is currently an editor for Energy and Buildings, and also ASHRAE’s archival research journal, Science and Technology for the Built Environment. Previously he was editor for Indoor Air, Climate Research, and International Journal of Biometeorology.

Prof. Weijun Gao | Professor, Qingdao University of Technology, China | Academician, The University of Kitakyushu, Japan |

Speech title: Healthy Housing Research in Japan

 Biography  Prof. Gao received PhD from Waseda University in Japan and was honored as a foreign academician of the Japanese Academy of Engineering in 2018. Currently, he is a professor of The University of Kitakyushu, Japan and Qingdao University of Technology, China. He is the chairman of Asian Urban Environment Research Implementation Committee, director of Asian Urban Environment Society, director of Asian Low Carbon Society, etc. He has published more than 180 SCI papers, 11 books, and presided more than 30 research projects.

Prof. Sasho Gligorovski Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China |
Speech title: Indoor Atmospheric Photochemistry: An Emerging Global Concern
 Biography  Dr. Gligorovski obtained Ph.D. at TROPOS (Germany), followed by postdoc at IRCELYON (France). From 2006 to 2017, he served as an Assistant Professor and later an Associate Professor at Aix Marseille University, France. His research interest aims to elucidate the kinetics, mechanisms, and photochemistry of multiphase and heterogeneous reactions occurring at environmental surfaces (e.g., aerosol, urban grime, ocean), and on indoor surfaces. He designed the first worldwide confirmation of OH radicals and initiated research on photochemistry in the indoor atmospheres.

Prof. Christopher Gordon Durham, North Carolina, USA |
Speech title: Thermal comfort and the thermoregulatory system: Extrapolation from experimental mammals to humans
 Biography  Dr. Gordon has spent the past four decades studying thermal physiology. He received B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Zoology from the University of Idaho and Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1980. He was hired as Research Physiologist by U.S. EPA to study the thermoregulatory effects of microwaves/radiofrequency (RF) radiation, neurotoxicants and environmental pollutants. He published over 225 papers on various facets of temperature regulation and now serves as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Thermal Biology.

Prof. Fariborz Haghighat (ISIAQ Fellow) Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Canada |
Speech title: Recent Progress on Air Purification Technologies
 Biography  Dr. Haghighat has a Concordia Research Chair in Energy and Environment which aims to achieve sustainability in the built environment. His current research focuses on the fundamental of heat and mass transport in the built environment, and on its applications in the design and analysis of energy-efficient, healthy/immune, and sustainable buildings/communities. He is a Fellow of the ASHRAE and ISIAQ. He has published more than 400 journal and conference papers. He is now the Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Cities and Society.

Prof. Shinsuke Kato (ISIAQ Fellow) | Professor Emeritus and Senior Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan |

Speech title: Ventilation Air Utilizing Dynamic Insulation with Infinite Heat Resistance Performance
 Biography  Shinsuke Kato’s main concerns are Fluid Dynamics and their application for building environmental engineering. He is a fellow member of SHASE (The Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Sanitary Engineers of Japan) and was a former president of SHASE. He is a fellow member of The Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics and was a former president of JSFM. He is a former vice president of AIJ (Architectural Institute of Japan) and is an ASHRAE fellow member and was a former president of ASHRAE Japan Chapter.

Prof. Prashant Kumar Chair in Air Quality and Health, Founding Director of Global Centre for Clean Air Research, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK |
Speech title: Clean Air Engineering for Cities
 Biography  Prof. Kumar received PhD from the University of Cambridge. His research is focused on the interfaces of clean air engineering/science, human health and smart/sustainable living in cities. He is developing approaches to low-cost sensing and contributing to the development of exposure control technology and guidelines for policymakers to curtail pollution exposure in cities, with associated health benefits. He has published over 170 journal articles with nearly 5000 citations. He serves the editorial board of several journals.

Prof. Kiyoung Lee (ISIAQ Fellow) School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Korea | President, Korea Society of Environmental Health |
Speech title: Application of big data analysis for prediction of indoor air quality and personal exposure assessment
 Biography  Dr. Lee received ScD from Harvard University. He received BS and MPH degrees from the Seoul National University, Korea and MS degree from the University of Michigan. He was a faculty member at University of Kentucky, University of California at Davis and Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He was a Board of Directors member of the International Society of Exposure Science. He has published over 129 manuscripts in international journals. He is now the president of ISEE-ISES AC 2019 (

Prof. Xianting Li (ISIAQ Fellow) | Head, Department of Building Science, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China |
Speech title: Demand-oriented ventilation: progress and chanllenge
 Biography  Dr. Xianting Li is the President of Commission E1 of International Institute of Refrigeration and Vice-President of Chinese Association of Refrigeration, President of Commission Ventilation of Chinese Committee of HVAC. His areas of expertise include indoor air distribution, utilization of natural energy and energy-efficient air-conditioning system. He published more than 120 papers in international journals and more 70 patents. His research have been applied in the most important buildings in China such as the People’s Great Hall, Beijing Olympic Stadium etc.

Prof. Zhiwei Lian Department of architecture and Director of Center for Built Environment & Energy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China |
Speech title: Effect of indoor environment on sleep quality
 Biography  Dr. Lian’s current research interest focus in indoor environment (health, comfort and productivity). He is the PI of many important national/international projects, including 11 projects sponsored by National Natural Sciences Foundation of China. He has 5 books and 100+ SCI papers published and has been Most Cited Chinese Researcher since Elsevier set up in 2014. He is the owner of 40 national invention patents, and has received many awards, such as 2nd award for technological invention in Shanghai.

Prof. Corinne Mandin ISIAQ President-Elect | Scientific and technical center for building (CSTB), Paris-Est University, Paris, France |
Speech title: Indoor air pollution burden of disease in France
 Biography  Dr. Mandin earned PhD in environmental chemistry from the University of Rennes, France. Previously she received a MSc from the ENSCM in organic chemistry and a MSc from Mines Paris Tech in environmental engineering. She has been working on human exposure to chemicals in indoor environments, and leads the French Indoor Air Quality Observatory created by the French government in 2001. After having been the Vice-President for Research, she is now the President-Elect of ISIAQ.

Prof. Jianlei Niu (ISIAQ Fellow) | Chair Professor of Building, Environment and Energy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China |
Speech title: Assessing and control of airborne infection risks in high-rise residential buildings
 Biography  Professor Niu received his BEng and MSc degrees from Tsinghua University and PhD from Delft University of Technology. He also had an experience of an R&D engineer with a utility manufacturer in UK. During his tenure with HKPolyU, he had completed over 20 competitive research grants. His technology contributions are in a broad area linking thermal and fluid sciences with building environment. He was awarded fellowship of ASHRAE, ISIAQ, and IBPSA. He is an editor-in-chief of the journal Energy and Buildings.

Prof. Dan Norbäck (ISIAQ Fellow) | Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden | Central South University, China |
Speech title: Indoor environment in schools and day care centres: health effects on children and teachers
 Biography  Prof. Norbäck works with large epidemiological studies on indoor risk factors for asthma, rhinitis, allergies and sick building syndrome (SBS) in Europe and China. Health effects of indoor environment in homes, schools, kindergarten, offices, and aircraft have been investigated. Asthma, allergies and lung function have been followed over 20 years in cohort studies in Europe. Research co-operation with China have been for more than 20 years, followed by indoor studies in other Asian countries. He has 350 scientific publications in high ranked journals.

Prof. Jamie Pearce Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH), School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK |
Speech title: Health and place over the lifecourse: implications for health equity
 Biography  Prof. Pearce graduated in Geography from Durham University before completing postgraduate studies at the Universities of Leicester and St Andrews. He joined the University of Edinburgh in Human Geography in 2009. He established the center CRESH. The research of the centre is concerned with exploring how physical and social environments can influence population health. We are particularly interested in how aspects of the natural and built environment can work to improve health. He is now the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health & Place.

Prof. Pawel Wargocki (ISIAQ Fellow) International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark |
Speech title: What is a healthy building in 2019?
 Biography  Prof. Wargocki received PhD from the Technical University of Denmark, where he has been teaching and performing research ever since. He is best known for his seminal work demonstrating that poor indoor environmental quality affects performance of office work and learning. He was President and long-standing board member of ISIAQ, Vice President of Indoor Air 2008, and Chair of ASHRAE committees. Presently he is a Secretary of ISIAQ Academy. He has received several awards including Rockwool Award for Young Researchers and ISIAQ’s Yaglou Award.

Prof. Yudan Wei Department of Community Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, USA |
Speech title: Para-dichlorobenzene exposure in indoor environments among US children and adults
 Biography  Dr. Wei received Medical Degree in Preventive Medicine from Harbin Medical University, China, a Ph.D. Degree in Toxicological Genetics from Stockholm University, Sweden, and a postdoctoral training at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her research is in the field of environmental health and epidemiology, focusing on environmental chemical exposures in association with breast cancer and metabolic diseases. Dr. Wei has been recently appointed as Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Environmental Health Research.

Prof. Xudong Yang (ISIAQ Fellow) Chang-Jiang Professor & Deputy Director of the Institute of Built Environment, Tsinghua University,  China |
Speech title: Human-environment interaction of indoor air contaminants
 Biography  Prof. Yang received Ph.D. from MIT and was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Miami, USA. His research interests center on fundamental and practical aspects of indoor environmental quality and sustainable buildings, and his work has been covered by Nature, the Wall Street Journal, CCTV, PBS, etc. He has received numerous awards including the Research Career Awards from the US CDC and ASHRAE. He is a Fellow of ASHRAE and ISIAQ, the founding Editor-in-Chief of Building Simulation and associate editor of Building and Environment.

Prof. Maosheng Yao Boya Distinguished Professor | College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China |
Speech title: Bacteria grow in highly polluted humid air
 Biography  Dr. Yao received PhD from Rutgers University, and thereafter performed postdoctoral studies at Yale University. His research interests are in the field of air pollution and health effects with a focus on bioaerosols. He has published 60+ peer-reviewed articles. His work is recognized both by the Marian Smoluchowski Award and the Kenneth T. Whitby Award from the AAAR. In 2017, Dr. Yao was awarded the “The NSF of China Distinguished Young Scholar Fund”. He is serving as editorial board members of Journal of Aerosol Science and Atmospheric Environment.

Prof. Jianshun “Jensen” Zhang (ISIAQ Fellow) Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, USA |
Speech title: Managing IAQ at Multiple Scales - from Urban to Personal Microenvironments
 Biography  Dr. Zhang received Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked at National Research Council of Canada for 8 years before he joined SU. He is an expert in room air and contaminant distribution, material emissions, air purification, and combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations (CHAMPS) for integrative design and intelligent controls. He has authored over 200 papers and 3 American national standards. He is Fellow of ISIAQ and ASHRAE, and current Chairman of the International Association of Building Physics.

Prof. Guoqiang Zhang School of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, China |
Speech title: A demonstrating system to pursue high quality construction and built environment in China
 Biography  Dr. Zhang is now the Dean of Institute for Sustainable Urbanization and Construction Innovation, Hunan University, and the director of the National Center for International Research Collaboration in Building Safety and Environment. He chaired 5 international conferences in the past 18 years. He worked as PI for over 10 international and national level research grants, including an EU Asia-Link project on sustainable built environment education and 3 IEA EBC Annexes on Ventilation. He published over 400 papers including 90 international journal papers.


Prof. Yingxin Zhu (ISIAQ Fellow) | Department of Building Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China |
Speech title: How to create comfortable and healthy indoor environment? – A new challenge for suitainable building
 Biography  Dr. Zhu received B.Sc. and PhD degrees both from Tsinghua University and now the vice dean of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. She is currently the Chair of China National Steering Committee for HVAC Education, fellow of ISIAQ and IBPSA. Her research focuses on thermal comfort and sustainable buildings. She received a number of awards such as Awards of Culture Heritage Conservation from UNESCO and the 1st class prize of Green Building Innovation from MOHURD. She is an associate editor of Indoor Air.