Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organiser of special symposia
The aim of the workshop was to elaborate on the findings from the symposium through smaller, more focused cross-disciplinary group activities; identifying complementary skills and expertise, exchanging knowledge and establishing potential areas for collaboration. The workshop was held on Wednesday 30th of November 2016 at the Glasgow School of Art.
Nine workshop sessions were identified in total, based on the key research priorities identified from the symposium event. The purpose of the event was to identify specific challenges faced within each topic and stimulate ideas for funding opportunities. Session chairs were identified with specific relevant expertise, to help guide the sessions and ensure the discussions remained focused. The aim of each workshop session was to develop a research question and suitable methodology in an ‘abstract’ form, to be pitched to all attendees in the afternoon for feedback and discussion. To ensure that the discussions remained focused, numbers were limited to 15 participants per session.
The workshop brought together 46 participants from both professional and academic communities to discuss the state of knowledge in the field and identify and research opportunities. In particular, the significant involvement of industry professionals (ventilation suppliers, housing associations, architects, clinicians and consultants) and policy makers (Scottish Building Standards Division) helped to increase awareness and knowledge of the potential health effects of modern airtight construction and facilitated the transfer and exchange of knowledge between research and practice.
The event resulted in the submission of three multi-disciplinary funding proposals based on specific gaps in knowledge that were identified through the session discussions.