Public lecture

AIRBODS Launch Event - Airborne Infection Reduction through Building Operation and Design

On a Friday afternoon in April 2020, deep into Covid lockdown, when people all over the world were ill, confused and frustrated, a multi-disciplinary group of researchers came together and decided they must act, and AIRBODS was born. AIRBODS (Airborne Infection Reduction through Building Operation and Design for SARS-CoV-2) received funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The priority was to work fast, responding initially to the acute need for advice on how to safely operate buildings during a pandemic from the point of view ventilation and fresh air distribution. The team did this through a combination of field studies, experimental work, modelling and focus group discussions with building operators.

Convened by: AIRBODS Principal Investigator, Professor Malcolm Cook (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)

This seminar will present key findings from the work and launch the resulting guidance document, with presentations from:

IAS Visiting Fellow, Professor William P. Bahnfleth, Pennsylvania State University

And AIRBODS Team Members:
Dr Filipa Adzic, University College London
Dr Abigail Hathaway, University of Sheffield
Associate Professor Ben Jones, University of Nottingham
Associate Professor Liora Malki-Epshtein, University College London
Patricia Pino, Wirth Research
Dr Ben Roberts, Loughborough University
Elpida Vangeloglou, London South Bank University



Introductions & Project Overview

Professor Malcolm Cook


Experimental developments

Dr Abigail Hathway


Analytical Models

Associate Professor Ben Jones


Measurement of indoor air quality at mass gathering events during Covid

Associate Professor Liora Malki-Epshtein


Indoor Air Quality: an international persepective

Professor Bill Bahnfleth


Discussion panel

Dr Ben Roberts, Dr Filipa Adzic


AIRBODS Design Guide Launch

Elpida Vangeloglou and Patricia Pino

12:15 to 1:15

Lunch for in-person guests

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