Quality control (published 02/14/2019)

The EAS working group on Quality Control has been very active since the meeting in Parma.

Apart from general description what is the role of EAS Working Group on Quality Control (QC) under leadership of Dr. Branko Sikoparija. This working group is relevant to ensure that EAS continues to serve as platform for the organization of inter-laboratory QC tests which many labs need to assure their performance in various certification processes.

There was quite some interest in two completed pollen inter-laboratory tests and one ongoing fungal spore inter-laboratory test. With these inter-laboratory QC tests the same slides(s) is analysed by several pollen monitoring laboratories which results the entire exercise requires a lot of time because the samples need to travel around Europe.

In order to get an idea how big the interest is in a regular inter-laboratory test on pollen and/or fungal spore recognition and counting EAS members are asked to fill in google doc from the following link until end of February

With this information the Working Group QC can try to suggest geographically close groups (up to 5 labs) that could arrange exchange of samples and performing the data analysis. In this way the sample slides will not need to travel a long distance and this may save time so interlaboratory tests could be performed more frequent.

Many thanks in advance, on behalf of Dr. Branko Sikoparija.

EAS grants for Basic Course on Aerobiology and IAA Advanced Course (published 02/06/2019)

EAS offers two grants covering the inscription for Basic Course on Aerobiology  and one grant covering the course fees for Advanced Course on Aerobiology.

More information for Basic Course here

More information for Advanced Course here

Please note the deadline for applications: 31st of March

PhD position (published 01/25/2019)

The Professorship of Physical Geography / Landscape Ecology and Sustainable Ecosystem Develop-ment (Prof. Dr. Susanne Jochner-Oette) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Geography of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt invites applications for a PhD position (65 %, E 13 TV-L) to be filled from March 2019 as temporary employment for the period of three years.

Topic: Climate change is believed to increase pollen production and allergenicity. Up to now, little is known about additional biotic and abiotic factors that might alter these pollen characteristics. Within this project funded by the DFG in-depth knowledge should be gained which allows the prediction of future alterations under climate change conditions in more detail. An interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists of landscape ecology, phytomedicine and environmental medicine shall answer how biotic and abiotic factors impact pollen production and allergenicity and finally the allergic reac-tions in patients.

Please download the pdf file for more details (tasks, profile, …)

Please send your application with the usual supporting documents by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Susanne Jochner-Oette ( by February 15, 2019.

EAS AutoPollen agreement (published 01/24/2019)

AutoPollen (Automatic Pollen Detection Network) seeks to take full advantage of the large potential for progress that automatic pollen observations provide. One of the aim is to define the main standards of automatic pollen monitoring and demonstrate the feasibility of a European network by integrating developing and planned projects.

A cooperation agreement for participation in EUMETNET programme AutoPollen between EIG EUMETNET and the European Aerobiology Society has been signed.

This program will continue until 31 december 2022.

Advanced Course on automatic and real-time pollen monitoring from August 25th to 31st, 2019, Payerne (Switzerland) (published 01/10/2019)

Organised by the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss under the aegis of the International Association for Aerobiology (IAA) and the EUMETNET Programme AutoPollen.

Course themes: automatic and real-time pollen monitoring, instrument calibration, data analysis, machine learning, influence of weather parameters. Small groups of participants will focus on particular topics of interest in greater depth and present a summary of their work at the end of the course.

Organisers: Bernard Clot, Benoît Crouzy, Fiona Tummon

More details

Next Basic Course on Aerobiology in Lyon from July 15th to 20th, 2019 (published 12/06/2018)

The course will be held from Monday – 14h to Saturday – 13h, with an afternoon dedicated to the visit of the “Tête d’Or” park and an evening in the old town of Lyon.
The price (600 €) includes accommodation for 5 nights, meals from Monday evening to Saturday morning.
To register, please contact

More details

EAS grants for young aerobiologists (published 09/13/2018)
6 young aerobiologists have been granted by EAS for the International Congress on Aerobiology which took place in Parma from 3rd to 7th of September:
– Elisa Banchi
– Pawel Bogawski
– Nora Els
– Moises Martinez-Bracero
– Kenji Miki
– Zsofia Tischner


ESA 2020 (published 09/11/2018)
The dates of the 7th European Symposium on Aerobiology are known, the Symposium will take place from 15th to 20th of June 2020, in Cordoba, Spain.

APAS 2018 (published 09/11/2018)
The 2nd Aerobiology and Palynology Symposium will take place in Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey from 7th to 10th of October 2018.
website of the congress:

NEXT EAS COMMITTEE MEETING AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY (published 07/09/2018 – updated 08/23/2018)
During next ICA in Parma (3-7 September 2018), the EAS Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 5th September from 12.45 to 14.15.
The EAS General Assembly will be on Thursday 6th September from 13.10 to 14.30.


University of Augsburg
At the University Center for Health Sciences at Klinikum Augsburg – UNIKA-T, a position for one is available at the earliest possible date

Laboratory technician for an environmental medical laboratory

For a full-time position (100%) to occupy the regular working time in an employment contract initially limited to two years. The position is open to job sharing, given its full-time coverage is guaranteed. The employer is the University of Augsburg, the place of employment is the UNIKA-T, Neusässer Straße 47, 86156, in Augsburg.
In the laboratory of UNIKA-T, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Jens O. Brunner, he/she will carry out taxonomic and experimental environmental medicine research, which should contribute to a better understanding of human-environment interaction. The scope of tasks includes the following activities:
• Independent operation, maintenance and supervision of highly sensitive special equipment in accordance with legal requirements (automatic Pollen Monitor, Hund GmbH)
• Independent operation, maintenance and supervision of special equipment in accordance with legal requirements (Hirst-type volumetric traps, Burkard Co UK) and independent laboratory analysis of weekly air samples (extraction of samples, slide preparation and storage)
• Optical microscopy of airborne pollen and fungal spores (from both types of equipment men-tioned above, Burkard and Hund) according to scientific standards and for the majority of the plant and fungal taxa captured in the air samples
• Inserting pollen and fungal spore measurements into specialised MS Excel worksheets
• Contacting companies with technical questions and problems

• Certified technician in medical engineering, preferably with a focus on hardware, or similar ed-ucation or similar skills
• Taxonomic skills of microscopic identification of airborne fungal spores and airborne pollen
• Sound IT/computer knowledge and use (working in Windows environment, knowledge of MS Office, knowledge of statistics is also preferred)
• flexibility, organizational skills and independent work
• High motivation and active teamwork
• Creative approach to various technical issues
• Experience working in a medical and / or biological laboratory
• Good communication skills
• Very good English and German skills for working in an international team

The remuneration is paid according to personal and collectively agreed conditions and up to fee group 9 TV-L.

Severely handicapped applicants are preferably recruited with otherwise substantially the same qualifications and professional performance. The University of Augsburg promotes the professional equality of women. Women are specifically invited to apply. The University of Augsburg is particularly commit-ted to the reconciliation of family and work life.

Please send your comprehensive application at latest until 31.07.2018

by post to Dr. Clemens Heuson, UNIKA-T, Neusässer Str. 47, 86156 Augsburg, or per E-Mail to .