Practical Info

Important Dates

Call for sessions and symposia: Early 2015 deadline August 1st
Call for abstracts: August 2015 deadline October 15th
Paper submission: December 2015  deadline February 1st
Review notification: March 1st 2016
Conference: July 3rd-8th 2016

Indoor Air conference series

First organized in 1978, the ‘International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate’, or ‘Indoor Air’, has a unique history in bringing together researchers from diverse backgrounds to discuss the multi-disciplinary field of indoor air sciences. The Indoor Air conference series is the flagship conference of ISIAQ, a broad and multidisciplinary society for anyone dealing with indoor air related research. Building a strong reputation over the 13 editions, it’s latest installments engaged 1000+ participants.


Previous editions:
1978  Indoor Climate, Copenhagen, Denmark
1981  Indoor Air Pollution, Health and Energy Conservation, Amherst, Massachusetts
1984  Indoor Air ’84, Stockholm, Sweden
1987  Indoor Air ’87, Berlin, Germany
1990  Indoor Air ’90, Toronto, Canada
1993  Indoor Air ’93, Helsinki, Finland
1996  Indoor Air ’96, Nagoya, Japan
1999  Indoor Air ’99, Edinburgh, Scotland
2002  Indoor Air 2002, Monterey, California
2005  Indoor Air 2005, Beijing, China
2008  Indoor Air 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011  Indoor Air 2011, Austin, Texas
2014  Indoor Air 2014, Hong Kong


The conference reflects the width of ISIAQ as a society, with a scientific program that is as diverse as its members, bringing them together. Indoor Air 2016’s technical program covers all research related to indoor air quality and climate: from health effects and epidemiology to source and airflow fundamentals over every possible effect that modifies both and the exposure in between.


In Call for abstracts, we solicitted abstracts for contributions on all topics within the broad field of indoor air sciences. The submission page is now closed. The topics for the program in the bullets below are just a list to demonstrate the broadness of our discipline and are not exclusive:


  • Fundamentals:
    Indoor air chemistry, Indoor air physics, Indoor air microbiology, sources, transport and aerodynamics, sinks, epidemiology, perceived air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics and lighting, public health and exposure studies
  • Healthy and sustainable buildings:
    Building ventilation, healthy homes, energy efficient buildings, renovations, refurbishment, environmental impact of buildings, low-energy buildings, impact of outdoor air
  • Abatement and exposure reduction:
    Source reduction, air purification, filtration and air cleaning, absorbing materials, regulations, standards and policy
  • (Re)Emerging issues in indoor air sciences:
    Respiratory infections, new chemical substances, nanoparticles in indoor air, transport cabin environments, olfactory assessment
  • Innovative solutions in practice:
    Field studies, new sampling and technology applications, new materials, prediction and measurement
  • New technologies and applications:
    Smart houses, smart technologies, wireless sensors, bio-monitoring for indoor applications
  • Developing countries:
    IEQ and solutions, IEQ in rapidly urbanizing cities
  • Communication, Standards & Codes:
    Education, sensitization, prevention and communication, community engagement


Technical program

The first draft of the technical program will be available after the first round of paper reviews is completed end of march 2016.


Posters provide much richer opportunities to engage directly with the audience. Therefore, the technical program will be primarily poster presentation based. Each poster will have a short oral presentation. Oral sessions will preferentially be allocated to sessions that are interaction oriented such as curated symposia and workshops.



The conference will be held in the ‘University Forum’ and the ‘Plateau Building’, situated in the heart of Ghent University’ downtown campus. Both buildings are located on the same street, approximately 100m away from each other. Both buildings are fully covered by wifi. The campus is served by 3 bus stops (one in front of the buildings) and 1 tram stop, all on a direct line to the central train station and located within 5-10 minute walking distance from all the tourist highlights of the downtown area.


The ‘University Forum’ (‘UFO’), a modern structure by local star architects Stephane Beel and Xaveer De Geyter, finished in 2009, including one large auditorium and a foyer that will host the plenaries and the poster sessions. It includes a stepped seating area and the foyer opens on a sunny urban square. A central, easily accessible information desk located in the foyer will facilitate conference registration and quick addressing of any questions from conference delegates. The site has direct access to one of the many picturesque waterways of downtown Ghent.


The ‘Plateau’ building, dating from 1883, is one of the oldest buildings built by the university. From it’s inception to date, the beaux arts style building has housed the teaching rooms of the Faculty of Engineering. With an ongoing thorough renovation scheduled to finish by mid 2015, its façade will be restored to its original splendor in time for the conference. Its first floor includes 10 lecture halls conveniently located along a single hallway for the oral sessions.


Ghent is a very popular destination, so remember to book your accommodation early!


We have pre-booked rooms in the largest hotels in town, listed below. These rooms will be available until April 1st 2016. You can take advantage of this offer by using ‘IA2016’ as a booking reference during reservation.



In addition, for those on a budget, there is the Backstay Hostel, right across the street of the main conference venue, as well as a number of other excellent hostels in the city. We will also have a limited number or university dorm rooms available (1,0 km), for which you can apply here.


Popular review sites list over 100 accomdations in Ghent, including some wonderful B&B’s, monasteries and boutique hotels, so start browsing for that one place that is perfect for you!


Travel information

Ghent is a vibrant medieval city in the heart of Europe, a stone’s throw away from Brussels.


The most straight forward way to travel to it from abroad is flying in to Brussels Airport, a hub for all 3 major alliances, and then take the direct train to Ghent from the airport train station (under 1 hour, 2-3 trains per hour).


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Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a comprehensive global route network linking major cities around the world. We offer special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guests of Indoor Air 2016 and their travel companions.

To make a reservation, please click on and enter the access code BEZZQKQ in the “Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer” area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.
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These promotional fares are also available through your IATA / ARC travel agent. Travel agents can obtain ticketing instructions by sending an email to and providing the access code as a reference.


If you are traveling from Europe, there are a number of high speed rail connections from Brussels South rail station to European capital cities such as Paris, London, Amsterdam and Berlin. From Brussels South rail station, there is a regular direct connection to Ghent (under ½ hour, 3-4 trains per hour).


There are also a number of low cost airlines operating from Brussels South Charleroi Airport, with a bus shuttle service to Ghent as well as a (non-direct) train connection.


The city operates an excellent tram and bus service at 5-10 minute intervals that will get you to your hotel and to the best spots in town quickly and easily.

Ghent Tourist Information

10945910_599337300167638_1062027781731825468_oGhent (‘Gent’ in dutch, the local language) has been listed as one of Europe’s finest cities by all major travel guides.


E.g. Lonely Planet:
Asking citizens of Ghent what they think of their city is a pointless exercise: you’ll find only unanimous love. And with good reason. Ghent ( is one of Europe’s greatest discoveries ‘ small enough to feel cosy but big enough to stay vibrant. It has enough medieval frivolity to create a spectacle but retains a gritty industrial edge that keeps things ‘real’. Tourists remain surprisingly thin on the ground, yet with its fabulous canalside architecture, wealth of quirky bars and some of Belgium’s most fascinating museums, this is a city you really won’t want to miss.


It combines a gorgeous medieval setting with a flourishing music scene, an active international port, an economic hotspot and a vibrant academic community, yet remains small enough to explored on foot, by bike or by public transport. The latter is ubiquitous and very well organized.


Located in what Rem Koolhaas called ’Eurocore’, it is at the heart the largest metropolitan area in Europe, geographically well situated to accommodate travel from all over the world and with a direct train connection to Brussels Airport, a hub for all three major airline alliances, as well as to Brussels-South Charleroi Airport, a major European low-cost hub. It has a large number of excellent hotels in every price range and is a great point of departure for pre/post-conference trips to the European highlights. Ghent is a very popular destination, so remember to book your accommodation early!


Look up all the highlights, follow what places are trending during the preparation of your trip or just browse through the numerous delights the city has to offer. (At the bottom right of the latter page you can sign up for a newsletter about all the latest and greatest deals and reviews.)


10856466_579856032115765_8475162753526522953_oFor those among you that are music lovers: the dates are not confirmed yet, but 2 of the world’s greatest festivals, Rock Werchter and Tomorrowland are organised just a few miles away and just before and after the conference.


There are also huge 10-day festivities in Ghent in the second half of July, including dance, live music, theatre, animation for the young and 100’s of indoor and outdoor activities, attracting over 1.5 million visitors each year. Check it all out and start planning your trip!