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Lidia Morawska, Past President of ISIAQ, selected by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021


Our colleague, Prof. Lidia Morawska, Past President of ISIAQ and recipient of a special award presented by the Academy in 2020, has been selected by Time Magazine as one of the one hundred most influential people in the world in 2021. She was selected in the category of Innovators: https://time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2021/6095975/lidia-morawska/

The selection of Lidia is an outstanding achievement and recognition of Lidia’s persistence and leadership since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which caused, among others, WHO and CDC to change their position concerning the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via the airborne route. As a result, many countries now recognize the importance of proper ventilation in indoor spaces.

Lidia has for long been an advocate of the importance of airborne transmission of infectious diseases. Her research on this topic was published long before the present pandemic. Then, when the current pandemic broke, Lidia assembled and led a group of scientists from different disciplines to spearhead efforts to recognize the importance of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2. She arranged the meetings with WHO and oversaw the preparation of scientific publications. The most prominent were the letter signed by 239 scientists and the paper in Science postulating the change in the paradigm to combat indoor respiratory infections.
 
We want to wholeheartedly congratulate Lidia on this exceptional achievement, probably unparalleled in our field. It is beyond any question a well-deserved one! Congratulations again.

The honor and the distinction to Lidia is also a great recognition to and promotion for our field and the Society. Many thanks to Lidia for making this happen.

On behalf of all ISIAQ and Academy Members we wish Lidia even more success in her future endeavor and let’s celebrate together this outstanding achievement.

Corinne Mandin, the President of ISIAQ, and Pawel Wargocki, the President of the Academy of ISIAQ Fellows
 
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