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Aerobiology is the study of biological particles and organisms found in air. Examples of such particles that are very widely studied include pollen and airborne mold spores as well as larger organisms, even insects and perhaps birds.
But aerobiologists generally focus on particles whose identification, environmental effects, movement and distribution over the earth outdoors as well as inside buildings requires a combination of expertise in microscopy, biology, microbiology, and perhaps chemistry or microchemistry. Where building and indoor air quality issues are involved, additional expertise in building science is absolutely needed.
Pan American Aerobiology Association
The Pan-American Aerobiology Association
(PAAA) is an assemblage of individuals with diverse scientific backgrounds
and expertise who have a common interest in the sources, dispersal, and
deposition of airborne biological particles. The organization was
officially constituted in June 1989 during the Second Canadian (and first
Pan-American) Symposium on Aerobiology. The PAAA is an associated
organization of the International Association of Aerobiology (IAA) and
acts as the representative of the IAA in the Americas. PLEASE JOIN US!
International Association for Aerobiology
The IAA was founded on September 11th, 1974
in the Hague, The Netherlands. At that time aerobiology was not a new
science as such, although its organization and international outlook was
to be considered a really new phenomenon. As a matter of fact aerobiology
became a theme in 1964, when IBP (International Biological Program) was
established. Subsequently, in 1968, an International Aerobiology Working
Group was constituted to coordinate all the national aerobiological
Today the IAA has a membership of about 800 and is run by the
Council, composed of members nominated by associated societies and
organizations and by the Executive Committee comprising the President,
Vice-President, Past-President, Secretary-General and Treasurer;
elected by the Council taking office at the end of each Congress. Their
term lasts 4 years, coinciding with the intervening period between two
Congresses. The IAA organizes the Quadrennial Congress (International
Congress on Aerobiology - ICA) which includes plenary sessions, symposia,
scientific meetings, meetings of sections, commissions, committees,
working groups and exhibitions on all aspects of aerobiology. Moreover
several International Courses and Meetings are being steadily held under
the auspices of the IAA.
The IAA publishes the International Aerobiology Newsletter twice a year
and gathers all researchers interested in the study of atmospheric
particles of biological origin.
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