Just a quick post on a workshop of possible interest: Building Design and Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control. The workshop is August 1-12 in Boston, MA. It is organized by the Harvard School of Public Health. The overview from the website says:
“A significant bottleneck in the implementation of precautions against airborne transmission of infections around the world is the lack of technically qualified consultants. This two week, multidisciplinary program provides a unique opportunity to build the global engineering capacity to help control airborne infections of all types.
Building Design and Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control brings together a body of technical expertise common to the control of human airborne infections including tuberculosis (including drug resistant strains), H1N1 virus, pandemic influenza, SARS, and selected bioterrorism agents.
Control strategies will range from mechanical ventilation, filtration, and the design and use of space, to the proper application of germicidal ultra violet (UV) air disinfection and natural ventilation. The course will include didactic lectures, laboratory sessions, and interactive workshops focusing on solutions which are feasible and effective for both resource-rich and resource-limited settings.
The strategies covered will be applicable to preventing transmission in workplaces including clinics, hospitals, laboratories, and congregate living settings. Experienced faculty will be drawn from Harvard, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and other domestic and international sources.
Lectures and laboratory workshops are designed to equip engineers and architects from around the world with the technical skills and methods used to control infections that are predominantly or partially airborne.”
Registration/applications are being accepted now.