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Interlaboratory proficiency test in aerobiology using virtual slides – feasibility study (published 09/14/2020)
Matt Smith and Branko Sikoparija published the work they did about the use of Virtual Slide Images with the aim of assessing their efficacy and usability in comparison to traditional microscopy with glass slides for the Quality Control of aerobiological samples.
You can find the paper hear: https://doi.org/10.1080/00173134.2020.1784266
ESA 2020 (published 09/11/2020)
Dear colleagues interested in the ESA2020,
We are concern with the impact of the COVID spreading and European Symposium on Aerobiology (ESA2020) date is coming, when many countries in Europe are under Health Alert and Europe is now the epicenter of the pandemic, as says the World Health Organization (WHO). For this reason, the Local Organizing Committee and the Board Committee of the European Aerobiology Society (EAS) proposes that the best solution is to organize a virtual symposium.
We would like to inform you just now for canceling your flights and hotel booking as soon as possible.
Please, contact with the technical secretariat PIC congress: esa2020@
Registration fees have also been modified: please consult http://www.esacordoba2020.com/
EAS Basic Course 2021 (published 09/07/2020)
Next basic course is planned to take place in Brussels in 2021 from 5th to 9th of July (depending of course on the evolution of the health situation in the months to come).
For more details about the course, please download the following document: details.
IRS Symposium – September 14th (published 09/03/2020)
The International Ragweed Symposium, which should have been taken place in Vodice before the Neobiota congress, will be held on Monday, September 14th only by video.
Our French colleagues from the Ambrosia Observatory have accepted to host the organization of this virtual symposium. It will take place from 2.30 pm.
To follow the symposium, please click on the Youtube Live’s link.
Please find the agenda of the symposium here.
We hope that many of you will take part in our event, sign of your interest in ambrosia.
The International Ragweed Society will organize its General Assembly on September 14th in Vodice, Croatia, just before the 11th International Conference on Biological Invasions (Neobotia 2020, http://www.neobiota2020.biol.pmf.hr/)
On this occasion, a short symposium is organized which will deal with Ambrosia topics.
If you are working on ragweed, you can apply to this call of abstracts to present your work to global Ambrosia experts.
Both oral communications (20 minutes) and poster presentations are welcome.
Deadline for abstracts submission: August 1st
Decision on abstracts: August 14th
Free Registration (registration form)
See the call for abstract : http://internationalragweedsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/CALL-FOR-ABSTRACTS-V3.pdf
Election of the new EAS committee (published 04/27/2020)
During the last two months was performed the election procedures of the new EAS Committee for period of 2020-2024. According to article 12 of the EAS Statute the Committee consists of at least nine members and at most 15 members. Eighteen EAS members applied to be elected to the Committee. The online voting was open for two first decades of April and 75% of EAS members made decision and voted for candidates:
José María Maya-Manzano
Rosa Pérez Badia
Carsten Ambelas Skjøth
The final mandate on the Committee will be taken in November 2020, during the next EAS General Assembly by a simple majority of the members present. After the GA decision, committee will be legitimate and members starts its activities for period of 2020-2024.
EAS president Ingrida Šaulienė and the EAS Board members
V Seminar advances in aerobiology (published 02/20/2020)
A seminar will be held in Madrid the 26th of March 2020 about the “Bases for the design of graphics used in scientific publications in aerobiology“.
The program includes:
– Basic graphics with R
– Introduction to the packages ‘ggplot2’ and ‘plotly’
– Modification and customization of the graphics from the package ‘AeRobiology’
– Reports generation with ‘RMarkdown’
– Web application creation with ‘Shiny’
Deadline for registration: 20th of March
European Aerosol Conference 2020 (EAC) (published 02/05/2020)
The next European Aerosol Conference will be held in Aachen (Germany) from 30th of August to 4th of September (https://eac2020.de/). The conference themes are:
- Aerosol technology
- Atmospheric aerosol studies
- Aerosol measurement techniques
- Aerosols and health
- Basic aerosol processes
The deadline for abstract submission is 15th of February.
ESA 2020 – ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 16th (published 01/30/2020)
The abstract submission deadline for the 7th EAS Symposium (22nd to 26th of June) has been extended to the 16th of February. ESA is always a great event and opportunity to share the results of your work so do not hesitate to submit an abstract!
EAS GRANT FOR ESA 2020 (published 11/12/2019)
7th European Symposium on Aerobiology “Bioaerosols and Environmental Impacts” will welcome participants from 22nd to 26th of June 2020 in Cordoba, Spain (http://www.esacordoba2020.com/). This Symposium will be organized in the frame of the European Aerobiology Society (EAS). Following the mission of EAS we announce the call for an ESA Participation Grant. EAS offers 8 grants covering the ESA participation fee.
Eligibility: applicants from all countries of the world should be master or PHD students in the aerobiology field or young researcher (below 31 year on the day of the opening ceremony of the ESA). They should be a member of the EAS at the date of the application. The membership information is on EAS webpage (EAS membership). The Grant can be assigned to oral presentations or poster presenting author at the Symposium.
Interested applicants are welcome to submit a Grant application form with the complementary documents:
1. Motivation letter (a short text in which the applicant’s professional focus and potential benefit for his/her job are clearly stated. Not exceeding one page).
2. Short CV (not exceeding one page with the main list of publications).
3. Abstract to ESA2020.
Application procedures: all the documents must be sent by 20 March 2020 to the EAS General Secretary Dr. Letty de Weger (L.A.de_Weger@lumc.nl), using the email Subject: EAS_Grant_Application_last name of the applicant (i.e. EAS_Grant_Application_de Weger).
For more details and to download the application form, please click here.
ADVANCED COURSE 2019 (published 10/11/2019)
It was a very intensive summer for the world of aerobiology this year! After the basic course in July, the advanced course was held in Payerne (Switzerland) between the 26th and 31st of August. Jose M. Maya Manzano was present during the course and shares with us his report.
BASIC COURSE 2019 (published 08/07/2019)
The basic course 2019 was held in Lyon (France) between 15th and 20th of July. One of the student present, Daria Bilinska, shares with us a report of the course: Report
Some more pictures:
ESA 2020 (published 06/28/2019)
As you already know, the 7th European Symposium on Aerobiology will take place in Cordoba, Spain (from 22nd to 26th of June).
For more information (abstract deadline, registration fee, accomodation, …), please visit the beautiful website of the symposium: http://www.esacordoba2020.com/
COST network CA18226 (published 06/11/2019)
COST network CA18226 – New approaches in detection of pathogens and aeroallergens (ADOPT) has been funded. The abstract is available at the following link (page 28): https://www.cost.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/oc-2018-2_Actions-Booklet.pdf
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 (email@example.com) 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: http://www.apascongress.org/
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.
NEW POSITION FOR AEROBIOLOGIST (published 07/09/2018)
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 email@example.com .