Maria P. Neira was appointed Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland in September 2005. Prior to that, she was Vice-Minister of Health and President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency. She had previously held several senior positions in WHO. Dr Neira began her career as a medical coordinator working with refugees in the Salvador and Honduras for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
Dr Neira is a Spanish national, and a medical doctor by training. She specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases; and Public Health. Dr Neira has been awarded the Médaille de l’Ordre national du Mérite by the Government of France and is a member of the Academy of Medicine, Asturias, Spain.
Pawel Wargocki graduated from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland with honours in 1990. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark in 1998, where he has been teaching and performing research ever since. He has more than 20 years of experience in research on human requirements in indoor environments. He is internationally known for his seminal work demonstrating that poor indoor environmental quality affects performance of office work and learning. Other work influenced requirements for ventilation and air cleaning. Recent research includes studies on emissions from humans including effects of exposure to CO2, on sleep quality and on performance of green buildings. He has collaborated with leading research institutions, universities, and industrial partners around the world such as National University of Singapore, Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, Syracuse Centre of Excellence, United Technologies and Google. He was President and is a long-standing board member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), Vice President of Indoor Air 2008, and Chair of ASHRAE committees. Currently he is the member of ASHRAE’s Research Administration Committee. He has received several awards for his work including Rockwool Award for Young Researchers, ASHRAE Ralph Nevins Award, ISIAQ’s Yaglou Award and Best Paper Award in Indoor Air. He is the Secretary of Academy of Indoor Air Sciences. Published intensively.
Barbara J. Turpin is Department Chair and Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, USA. She combines laboratory experiments, chemical modelling and field research to improve the understanding of linkages between air pollution emissions and human exposures. She is best known for her work on the modification of the ambient air pollution mix with outdoor-to-indoor transport and the formation of organic particulate matter through aqueous chemistry (e.g. cloud processing). She works to facilitate communication between atmospheric, exposure and health scientists with the ultimate goal of effective public health protection. Dr. Turpin obtained a BS at the California Institute of Technology and obtained a PhD from OGI – Oregon Health Sciences University. She conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota Particle Technology Laboratory. She joined the faculty of Rutgers University in 1994 and moved to UNC in 2015. Professor Turpin is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR). She is a recipient of AAAR’s Sinclair Award and Atmospheric Environment’s Haagen Smit Prize. Professor Turpin is a Past President of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), a past member of the International Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution and on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee’s Particulate Matter Review Board.
James Mc Laughlin is the President of the European Radon Association and was the leader of the Radon Research Group at the School of Physics, University College Dublin (UCD) for many years. He was an advisor to the Irish Government on the introduction in 2004 in Ireland of the first countrywide ban on smoking in workplaces. He has been a member of the Steering Committee of the European Collaborative Action on Indoor Air Quality (DG JRC, Ispra) as well as of working groups of the World Health Organisation dealing with the health effects of radon and of selected indoor air pollutants. Since retirement from UCD he has worked mainly in the field of indoor radon exposures with such bodies as the International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Commission on Radiation Units. He has a special interest in risk communication.
Lidia Morawska is a Professor at the Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, and the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT, which is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization on Research and Training in the field of Air Quality and Health. She is also a co-director of the Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter (ultrafine and nanoparticles). Professor Morawska is a physicist and received her doctorate at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland for research on radon and its progeny. Prior to joining QUT she spent several years in Canada conducting research, first at McMaster University in Hamilton as a Fellow of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and later at the University of Toronto. Dr Morawska is an author of over four hundred fifty journal papers, book chapters and refereed conference papers. She has also been involved at the executive level with a number of relevant national and international professional bodies and has been acting as an advisor to the World Health Organization. She is a past President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate.
Mat Santamouris is currently a Professor of High Performance Architecture in the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is also a Professor at the University of Athens and a Director of the Laboratory of Building Energy Research at the same university. His research is related to energy efficiency, heat island, solar energy and energy conservation in buildings, as well as sustainable architecture and design and green buildings.
He was a visiting Professor at the Cyprus Institute, Metropolitan University of London, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Bolzano University, Brunnel University and National University of Singapore. Professor Santamouris is a past President of the National Centre of Renewable and Energy Savings of Greece and scientific coordinator of many international research programs. He is an Editor in Chief of the Energy and Buildings, past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Advances Building Energy Research, Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal and current or past Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solar Energy, Journal of Buildings and Environment, Journal of Sustainable Energy, Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, Journal of Open Construction and Building Technology, Sustainable Cities and Society and of the Journal of Ventilation.
Jimmy Walker is a scientific leader in water microbiology and decontamination at Public Health England (PHE) Porton with 28 years’ experience in public health microbiology. He has an extensive publication record with more than 100 peer reviewed publications as well as editing and contributing to a number of books. Dr Walker leads research projects for PHE dealing with Legionella spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and has a particular interest in rapid microbiological techniques. He has been involved with working with a wide range of NHS Trusts on microbiological incidents and outbreaks related to microbial pathogens in the built environment associated either with surfaces, air or water. As a research microbiologist Dr Walker works with the Biosafety unit to understand and replicate microbial contamination and transmission routes within the built environment at the research laboratories at PHE Porton. He works closely with the Department of Health (DH) and Health and Safety Executive in writing and developing national guidance on the microbiology of water in healthcare as well as contributing to international guidance. Dr Walker also works with the DH on decontamination guidance in primary care dental practices, endoscopy and surgical instruments. He was past President of the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society and is currently Chair of the Water Management Society “Rapid Microbiology Group”, Secretary of the Central Sterilisation Club and is a member of the DH (England) Rapid Review Panel to assess products for use within the NHS.