Day 1

Professor Jiang Yi

Professor, Tsinghua University, School of Architecture
Director of the Building Energy Research Centre at Tsinghua University and 
Co-director of the Tsinghua-UPENN Centre for Building Simulation and Energy.


Professor Yi completed his PhD in Thermal Energy Engineering at Tsinghua University in 1985 and since then he has taken up positions as Head of the Building Science & Technology Department and Vice-Dean on the School of Architecture. Hi is currently a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineers and a consultant to the Chinese Ministry of Construction (MOC) for building energy efficiency & intelligent buildings. He is also Deputy Head of the Chinese HVAC Association, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Association of Refrigeration and a member of ASHRAE. His current research interests include: Simulation of building thermal processes; Building automation; HVAC engineering (including the independent control of temperature & humidity); Building energy efficiency and policy design; Green building assessment; and Urban energy planning.

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Professor Phillipa Howden-Chapman

Director of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, 
Department of Public Health, University of Otago


Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. She has conducted a number of randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities, which have had a major influence on housing, health and energy policy.

She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work. She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health Guideline Development Group.

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Day 2

Professor Peter Newman
Professor of  Sustainability at Curtin University


Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. He has three recent books: ‘Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation: Transport’ for the UN Environment Program, ‘Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change’ and ‘Green Urbanism Down Under’ for Island Press. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of WA’s

Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning and transport issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. In Perth, Peter is best known for his work in saving, reviving and extending the city’s rail system. Peter invented the term ‘automobile dependence’ to describe how we have created cities where we have to drive everywhere. Peter’s book with Jeff Kenworthy ‘Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence’ was launched in the White House in 1999. He was a Councillor in the City of Fremantle from 1976-80 where he still lives. In late 2011 Peter was awarded the Sidney Luker medal by PIA (NSW) for his contribution to the science and practice of town planning in Australia. In early 2012 he co-authored a new paper showing how value capture can be used to fund new rail systems in Australian cities.


Bert Fabian
Transport Program Manager, Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Centre 

Bert Fabian is the Transport Program Manager of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center in Manila, which aims to promote better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policy and action to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. He takes the lead in managing and developing transport-related projects and conducts research and analysis on issues related to transportation, environment, and urban planning. He worked at the Asian Development Bank as a Transport Specialist (consultant) prior to becoming a staff of the CAI-Asia Center and has about 11 years relevant experience.

He has led and co-written several research and publications including the International Study of Transport Systems in a Low Carbon Society: Southeast Asian Region (2010) with the Institution for Transport Policy Studies in Japan; Improving Vehicle Fuel Economy in the ASEAN Region (2010) with the FIA Foundation for the Global Fuel Economy Initiative; the Managing 2-3 Wheelers in Asia (2010) with the United Nations Environment Programme; the Walkability and Pedestrian Facilities in Asian Cities: State and Issues (2011), Transport and Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Forecasts, Options Analysis, and Evaluation (2009), and Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Considerations for On-road Transportation in Asia (2006) with the Asian Development Bank; and the Urban Air Pollution in Asian Cities: Status, Challenges and Management (2006) with Earthscan.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, major in Transportation from the University of the Philippines.

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Day 3

Professor Clive Beggs
Chair, Medical Technology, School of Engineering, Design & Technology
University of Bradford


Clive Beggs is Professor of Medical Engineering at the University of Bradford, where leads – a multi-disciplinary clinical research team that specialises in the prevention of infections, and the mathematical modelling of biological and physiological systems. He is both a biomedical engineer and a cell biologist, and has particular expertise in bioaerosols and the mathematical modelling of infectious systems. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Society of Biology, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and has worked for many years in the field of infection control – a subject on which he has published extensively.

Prior to working in medical research, Clive was a consultant engineer specialising in the design of building services installations in large commercial, industrial and public buildings. He has a particular interest in low energy building design and his book on this subject, Energy: Management, Supply and Conservation has become a staple text for university students throughout the world. By combining his knowledge of buildings with his expertise in infection control, Clive has been able to pioneer new methodologies/technologies for controlling the spread of infection in hospitals.

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A/Professor Raymond Tellier
Medical Microbiologist, Provincial Laboratory for Public Health of Alberta, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases,
University of Calgary


In addition to his appointment as a  clinical microbiologist, A/Prof Tellier is involved in research efforts with respiratory viruses, herpes viruses group, parvovirus B19, adenoviruses and developments in diagnostic virology, with an emphasis on opportunistic viral infections in immunodeficient hosts. He also became involved in investigations on the SARS associated coronavirus,

following the outbreak of SARS in Toronto in 2003, in collaboration with several groups in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. More recently, he has started new investigations in his laboratory about the influenza virus. In particular, with a CIHR grant obtained in March 2007, he is leading a project in the context of pandemic preparedness, investigating methods of early detection of H5N1 mutants with change in receptor affinity that could be precursor to a pandemic strain.

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Day  4 

On the shoulders of Giants

On the wake of Rio +20: One planet, one air
Joana Madureira, Student – Doctor in Occupational Safety and Health, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto



Quantitative questions, quality answers
Sam Clifford, BAppSc (Hons), Student – Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology



My IAQ Journey From Qianjiang to Brisbane!
Mengyan Gong, PhD, Department Of Building Science, Tsinghua, Beijing, China




Professor Charlie Weschler

Prof essor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School & Rutgers University

Visiting Professor (since 2001), International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark
Visiting Professor (since 2010), Department of Building Science, Tsinghua University

Dr. Charles J. Weschler is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (UMDNJ & Rutgers University) and has been an ongoing Visiting Professor at the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark since 2001 and at the Department of Building Science, Tsinghua University since 2010. Dr. Weschler received the B.S. in Chemistry from Boston College in 1969, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1971 and 1974 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. F. Basolo at Northwestern University. He joined Bell Laboratories in 1975 and worked as a research scientist in the former Bell System Laboratories (Bell Labs/Bellcore/Telcordia Technologies) before joining the faculties of UMDNJ/Rutgers and the Technical University of Denmark in 2001. He has published over a hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is on the editorial advisory boards of both Atmospheric Environment and Indoor Air. He has served on four committees for the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Weschler’s research has focused on factors that influence the airborne concentrations, surface accumulations and chemical transformations of indoor pollutants. He has examined indoor-outdoor relationships, ozone-initiated reactions as sources of free radicals and particles, the redistribution of semi-volatile organics in indoor environments, and human exposure to various indoor pollutants.

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