Syracuse Center of Excellence, Syracuse University selected to host major international conference on healthy buildings in 2009

Nadia Boschi, president of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ), announced that the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems and Syracuse University have been selected to host Healthy Buildings 2009, a premier international conference held every three years. The conference in Syracuse is scheduled for Sept. 13-17, 2009, and is expected to bring more than 1,200 registered conference attendees many from around the globe to Syracuse. Another 1,000 are expected to make day trips to Syracuse to participate in the conference.

The conference and accompanying exhibition, at which multinational corporations showcase their latest technologies, is organized by the Finland-based ISIAQ and attracts manufacturers, architects, practicing professionals, academic researchers and companies from around the world. Syracuse was chosen on the basis of the international recognition and reputation gained by the Syracuse CoE through its work in the fields of built and urban environments.

“In 2004, when ISIAQ started soliciting proposals to host Healthy Buildings 2009, a number of proposals from Asia, North America and Europe were submitted. None of them were close to the level of excellence shown in the proposal submitted by Dr. Edward Bogucz and Dr. Suresh Santanam on behalf of the Syracuse CoE,” said Boschi. “Their commitment to the interdisciplinary approach and the outstanding level of scientific research at the Syracuse CoE made Syracuse University and the Syracuse CoE the perfect candidate for ISIAQ in bringing back its message to the United States and the world.”

“The announcement that the Syracuse Center for Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems and Syracuse University will host this prestigious global conference on healthy buildings demonstrates that New York is an international leader in cutting edge research and development,” says Gov. George E. Pataki. “By bringing together the talents of academia, government and the private sector, our universities and Centers of Excellence are developing innovative technologies and programs that will improve our environment and public health. I congratulate these outstanding institutions and all their partners for the work they have done and the recognition they have earned in being selected to host Healthy Buildings 2009.”

The first Healthy Buildings conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1988. Subsequent conferences have been held in Washington, DC (1991 and 1997); Budapest, Hungary (1994); Milan, Italy (1995); Helsinki, Finland (2000); and Singapore (2003). This year’s conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in June 2006.

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