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  • Writer's pictureCorey Provencal

IAQA update on Indoor Air 2011 in Austin Texas

Dear Colleague,

Indoor Air 2011 in Austin, Texas, is only one month away and should be one of the most exciting in the Indoor Air conference series. Members of IAQA are eligible for exclusive registration fee discounts to this important and unique international forum on IAQ.

A record number of abstracts were submitted for Indoor Air 2011. The technical program will involve nearly 600 podium presentations and 250 posters by authors hailing from 51 countries. There will also be 40 hours of special forums, workshops, panel discussions, and debates on timely and important issues relevant to indoor air quality and comfort.

The organizers of Indoor Air 2011 (The University of Texas at Austin) are committed to a robust program for practitioners and have structured the conference in a way to maximize interactions between practitioners and researchers.

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a Platinum Armadillo sponsor of Indoor Air 2011 and will hold mid-year business meetings in Austin two days prior to the start of Indoor Air 2011. IAQA’s annual member business meeting will be held on June 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., for the primary purpose of installing newly elected IAQA Directors. IAQA members will receive election ballots in the mail this week. The annual member business meeting takes place at the Radisson Hotel, 111 Cesar Chavez at Congress, Austin, Texas.

Many activities related to professional practice are designed for the first two full days of Indoor Air 2011 (June 6th and 7th). And many of these involve direct participation by members and officers of IAQA! Specific technical program activities that should be of interest to practitioners include:

Monday • Keynote presentation by Joe Lstiburek on Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality • Forum on Biological Exposures and Health • Forum on Mold and Dampness Policy • Panel discussion on Mold, Moisture and Remediation with questions developed by practitioners for internationally-recognized researchers • Forum on Physician-Informed IAQ Assessments • Workshop on Residential Health and Safety Assessment (sponsored by HUD) • Technical session on Weatherization and IAQ • Technical sessions on Standards and Guidelines (4 hours) • Technical session on Field Studies • Technical sessions on Formaldehyde (including measurements and control) (5 hours) • Technical sessions on Allergy and Asthma (4 hours) • Lunchtime discussion on Residential IAQ for Expectant Parents (with panel input from researchers and practitioners) • And more!

Tuesday • Forum on Indoor Sampling for Emerging Pollutants • Panel discussion on Emerging Contaminants and Controls (including hydroxyl generators) with questions developed by practitioners for internationally-recognized researchers • Forum on the Professional Practice of IEQ • Workshop on IAQ and Affordable Housing (sponsored by HUD) • Session and workshop on Climate-Change and IAQ (sponsored by the USEPA) (4 hours) • Technical sessions on Health Symptoms and Assessments, and Interventions (4 hours) • Multiple technical sessions related to Field Studies (VOCs and particles) (6 hours) • Multiple technical sessions on Bioaerosols and Biological Agents (6 hours) • Technical session on Case Studies and IAQ Practice • Lunchtime discussion on A Rating System for Healthy Office Buildings (with panel input from researchers and practitioners) • And more!

And there is a lot more from Wednesday through Friday including sessions on emerging contaminants, green and sustainable buildings, soil vapor intrusion, microbes in buildings, SVOCs, emissions from consumer products, psychology and perceptions, and much more.

Additional • CEUs available!!! • Great social program with Sunday opening ceremony (Ballet Folklorico and opening keynote), Monday Margarita fest and rockabilly music by Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee Rosie Flores, Tuesday evening mixer at the LBJ Presidential Library, and Wednesday BBQ at the world-famous Salt-Lick in the legendary Texas Hill Country.

The entire conference program with a special itinerary planning tool is now available on the conference website (click on “Program” to access program information). Additional information about the conference, including registration, hotels, social and companion programs and much more is now available on the Indoor Air 2011 website at

We look forward to seeing you and many members of IAQA in Austin next month!


IAQA Headquarters

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