World Aerobiology 2024

See you in VILNIUS!

About the Meeting

World Aerobiology 2024 is the must-to-attend event for experts, researchers and scientists in the field of aerobiology. Initiated by three leading associations (EAS, IAA and IRS) and hosted by Vilnius University, the Joint Meeting will become a platform for sharing research and knowledge and building new partnerships and networks.  %

Welcome to

World Aerobiology 2024

We are thrilled to announce that this extraordinary event will be held on July 1-5, 2024 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The meeting will feature three major events, including the 8th European Symposium on Aerobiology (8th ESA), the 12th International Congress on Aerobiology (12th ICA), and the 5th International Ragweed Conference (5th IRC).

At the World Aerobiology 2024, participants will have the opportunity to share their research, knowledge, and innovations in the study of airborne particles such as pollen, spores, and other bioaerosols. 

Edita Sužiedelienė

Vice-Rector and Pro-Rector for Research of Vilnius University
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Edita Sužiedelienė

Vice-Rector and Pro-Rector for Research of Vilnius University

Ingrida Šaulienė

Organising Committee Chair
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Ingrida Šaulienė

Organising Committee Chair
Meet the organizers

Local Organizing Committee

Edita Sužiedelienė, Vice-Rector and Pro-Rector for Research of Vilnius University
Ingrida Šaulienė, Chair
Arūnas Valiulis
Egidijus Rimkus
Laura Šukienė
Ilona Kerienė
Martynas Kazlauskas%

International Organizing Committee

Board of European Aerobiology Society
Executive Committee of International Association for Aerobiology
Committee of International Ragweed Society-

Keep in mind

Important Dates

  • Registration opens – October 1, 2023
  • Abstract submission deadline – March 3, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance – March 25, 2024
  • Early bird registration deadline – April 2, 2024
  • Standard registration deadline – May 1, 2024
  • Late registration deadline – June 30, 2024
  • Opening of the meeting – July 1, 2024
  • IAA General Assembly – July 2, 2024
  • EAS General Assembly - July 3, 2024
  • IRS General Assembly - July 4, 2024
Meet the

Keynote Speakers

Jean Bousquet

Montpellier, France

Jean Bousquet

Montpellier, France

Keynote Speakers

Montpellier, France

Jean Bousquet

TOPIC: Embedding MASK-air (digital health) and SILAM (aerobiology modeling) for optimal control of allergy to pollen

Jean Bousquet, born in 1946,
  • Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at Montpellier University, France (1991-2014)
  • Professor of Allergology at Charité, Berlin (2016-current)
  • Director of the Allergy Programme, Institut Pasteur, Paris (2001-2003)
  • Director of the Inserm (Institut de la Santé de et de la Recherche Médicale) U454 “Immunopathology of Asthma” (1992-2007).
  • Coordinator of MeDALL (Mechanisms of the Development of Allergy), FP7 Integrated Project (2010-2014, FP7 success story).
  • Chairman of the Allergen Standardization Committee (1990-1997), International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Chairman of GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma: 1999-2000), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH) and WHO)
  • Founder and chairman ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma in collaboration with WHO (1999-current).
  • Founder and chairman of the WHO Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD, 2006-2013)
  • Co-chair of the Reference Collaborative Site Network of the European Innovative Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA (DG Santé and DG CONNECT, 2016-current).
Jean Bousquet has always combined his research, clinical and public health interests. He performed translational research from a clinical observation in his clinic, to the assessment of the disease burden (epidemiology), the understanding the mechanisms, the implementation of the results to populations developing guidelines, national or international programs and the deployment of the results with the EU or WHO. His research initially focused on allergens and immunotherapy (1980s) was then directed towards asthma (1990).  He confirmed inflammation in asthma (1990) proposed and demonstrated the concept of airways remodelling in asthma (1992). He was a pioneer in allergy multimorbidity (1999) and proposed a new definition for IgE-mediated diseases (2015). He is now interested in the digital transformation of health with DG CONNECT and DG Santé, air pollution (POLLAR: Impact of air pollution in asthma and rhinitis, EIT Health), Planetary Health and more recently on COVID-19. Jean Bousquet
  • Has edited and authored 10 books including one allergy textbook.
  • Has been author or co-author of over 950 peer-reviewed papers posted in Medline.
  • His H factor (Clarivate) is 130. Three papers (first author) are cited over 2,000 times and 6 others over 1,000 times (2 as first author).
  • He was listed as the most influential author in asthma (2018) and has published 5 or the 22 best cited papers in asthma (among the 190,000 papers published between 1960 to 2017, Qu et al, Respir Med, 2018, 137: 206-212).
  • He was listed as one of the 800 most cited authors in all scientific fields among over 6.6 million researchers (Iaonidis et al, PLoS Biol. 2020 Oct 16;18(10):e3000918)
He was the editor of European Respiratory Review and Allergy (second ranking journal in the field, 2003-2009, IF: 6.2). He is the editor of Clinical Translational Allergy (no IF in 2016, IF 2020: 5.1).

Paul Beggs

Macquarie University, Australia

Paul Beggs

Macquarie University, Australia

Keynote Speakers

Macquarie University, Australia

Paul Beggs

TOPIC: Aerobiology in 2050: what we know and a vision for filling in the gaps

Paul is an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He is the Director of the Lancet Countdown Oceania Regional Centre, which tracks progress on health and climate change in this region. An environmental health scientist with a background in biological and climate sciences, he is an international authority on the impacts of climate change on allergens and allergic diseases. He previously won the Eureka Prize for Medical Research for his ground-breaking work in this area, and in 2023 he was presented with the Public Health Association of Australia Tony McMichael Public Health Ecology and Environment Award. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society in 2023.

Paloma Cariñanos

University of Granada, Spain

Paloma Cariñanos

University of Granada, Spain

Keynote Speakers

University of Granada, Spain

Paloma Cariñanos

TOPIC: Healthy and Low allergenicity green spaces for the cities of the future

Paloma Cariñanos is Professor of Botany at the University of Granada, Spain. She is also coordinator of FAO's SilvaMediterranea WG on urban and periurban forestry since 2020, and Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Public Parks and Gardens (AEPJP). Paloma has a career as an Aerobiologist for more than 30 years, focusing her line of research on allergen emissions in urban environments and the interactions between bioaerosol and atmospheric pollutants.

She is an expert in identification, characterization and mitigation of the impact of allergenic species in urban forests, assessment of the ecosystem disservices provided by urban forests, and identification of the impacts of climate change on urban tree species. Among its main achievements are the development of an Allergenicity Index for urban green spaces that allows the estimation of the allergenic risk of these areas based on the species they contain, and the assignment of an Allergenic Potential Value to more than 1000 species of trees. frequently used in the main climatic regions of the world.

ABSTRACT:
Emissions of allergenic pollen by some of the main species that make up urban green spaces constitute one of the main disservices of urban green infrastructure, with a great impact on the health of the population. Some of the causes that have generated this situation have been the massive use of a few plant species, the introduction of exotic species, botanical sexism or inadequate management and maintenance of these spaces, exacerbated by the impact that climate change is having on them. the reproductive phenology of some species. The allergenic characterization of the main species of urban trees and the estimation of the allergenic risk that these spaces may pose to the population are some useful tools for the planning and design of sustainable and healthy green spaces for the percentage of the population affected by adverse reactions to the presence of allergenic pollen.

Bernard Clot

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, Switzerland

Bernard Clot

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, Switzerland

Keynote Speakers

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, Switzerland

Bernard Clot

TOPIC: Automatic and Real-time, the second (r)evolution in aerobiology monitoring

Michel Thibaudon

Past president of European Aerobiology Society, R.N.S.A., France

Michel Thibaudon

Past president of European Aerobiology Society, R.N.S.A., France

Keynote Speakers

Past president of European Aerobiology Society, R.N.S.A., France

Michel Thibaudon

TOPIC: World History of Aerobiology

Michel Thibaudon is the outstanding personality who has made a significant impact on the progress of aerobiology. He is one of the co-founders of the European Society for Aerobiology, a former President of the European Society for Aerobiology, and an Honorary Member of the EAS since 2020. He is an expert in environmental health, focusing on bio-contamination and aerobiology.

ABSTRACT:
The origins of aerobiology can be traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries when scientists began observing and documenting the effects of pollen and spores on human health. Development of Pollen Studies around the late 19th and early 20th centuries,  then, the study of pollen became more prominent. The field expanded significantly in the mid-20th century with advancements in technology. At international levels, several aerobiology societies and research centres were established during the latter half of the 20th century. These organizations aimed to promote research, collaboration, and the exchange of information among scientists studying airborne particles.

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The World Aerobiology 2024 Joint Meeting will take place in Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, located on Konstitucijos av. 20, Vilnius, Lithuania