Keynote speakers

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. Sasho Gligorovski
Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China
Speech title: Indoor Atmospheric (Photo) Chemistry: 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 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, Montreal, 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. 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. 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. 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: Urinary levels of 2,5-dichlorophenol, a measure of 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. Maosheng Yao
Boya Distinguished Professor | School of Environmental Science 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 (SU), New York, 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. 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.