Open debate on air quality in the three 3SqAir project ‘Science Coffees’

Three of the entities participating in the European 3SqAir project have organised different meetings ‘Science Coffees’ on Indoor Air Quality, within the framework of the 3SqAir project, (Interreg Sudoe), in order to bring society closer to and raise awareness of this important issue.

The meetings will take place in the cities of the project participants, in Lisbon, where they will be organised by the Higher Technical Institute of Lisbon; in Usurbil, promoted by the Zubigune Foundation of Usurbil and in Toulouse, organised by the Higher Technical Institute of the Paul Sabatier Toulouse III University.

They will be held in person, some of them within the framework of other more general events, and they will take place on the following dates: September 24 at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon, during the ‘Night of researchers’ at the Auditorium Mathe Condat; on October 5 at the University of Toulouse, coinciding with ‘Science Week’ and, finally, on October 7, at the Auditorium of Zubigune, in Usurbil.

The chosen format for the meetings is ‘Coffee Science’, in order to generate an open and multidisciplinary debate between all the agents involved and society on the problem of IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). In each city, the promoting partners will have qualified speakers who will present their conclusions on each of the topics in which they specialise, related to IAQ. Later, dialogue between all the participants will be opened. Topics such as: possible solutions, different forms of building, energy management systems, etc. will be addressed in a relaxed manner.

Attendance at all three events is free of charge and no prior registration is required.

About IAC (Indoor Air Quality)

On average, in a temperate climate, we spend 85% of our time in closed environments: housing, transport, schools, etc. The quality of the air we breathe is essential for our health.

In our buildings, the sources of emission of polluting substances are numerous: materials, cleaning products, paints, etc.

Presence of domestic animals, not to mention the various human activities (smoking, cooking, maintenance, DIY, office automation, etc.).

These pollutants can have various health effects such as: asthma, respiratory allergies, irritation of the respiratory tract, and certain substances can have a carcinogenic effect. The quality of indoor air today appears to be a major public health issue.

Is indoor air quality really that important? How do we quantify it?

Today, indoor air quality is measured with humidity, temperature and CO2 sensors in order to meet well-being criteria.

How does it work? What are the constraints that this imposes on us?

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