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International aerobiology courses started on August 16, 2015 at Šiauliai University. 26 researchers and PhD students from all over the world participate in one-week course, which final community-open international aerobiology science event will be held on August 22, 2015 at the Šiauliai University library.

World-wide aerobiology courses have been organized by International Association for Aerobiology (IAA) every fourth year since 1994 and have been held in Spain, USA, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and UK. The courses are being held in Lithuanian for the first time, specifically Šiauliai University is chosen. Our involvement into the implementation of such courses demonstrates the strong position of Lithuania’s potential in the international science environment.

The aim of the aerobiology courses organized in Lithuania is to create the environment, in which highly experienced scientists would be able to transmit the most recent knowledge of the biological particle transfer in the atmosphere, to form the skills of advanced methods and models application, to use climate/metrological or land-use databases and to organize the discussions under the questions of data analysis and interpretation quality.

The upcoming community-open event “Allergic Rhinitis Management and Pollen Spread in Europe: from Phenological to Modern Prognoses” is particularly topical for the Lithuanian science and studies, as it creates a suitable medium for the relevant work and discussions among the community of international scientists and researchers and the Lithuanian scientists, working in the field.

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Specific topics of aerobiology science will be analyzed by European leading scientists and researchers: Michel Thibaudon, “The European Aerobiology Society” president, “The French Aerobiological Monitoring Network” leader (scientific interest fields – outdoor and indoor fungus spore (mould) researches and the occurrences of allergic rhinitis among people), Carmen Galan, the professor of Cordoba University (Spain), who investigates the impact of climate change on the air allergens spread as well as the allergen occurrence that are alien to Lithuania in our territory and allergenics of plants and their parts, Carsten Skjoth from the University of Worchester (UK), whose interest fields are bioaerosols data analysis, dimensional modeling, distance observation, satellites and drone technologies application, Åslög Dahl, researcher from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), whose interest fields are the dependence of farina production from milieu factors, the impact of plants on humans’ health, Giuseppe Frenguelli, professor from the University of Perugia, Italy, who investigates the effect of polluted biological particles on health, biometeorologist Regula Gehrig from “Switzerland Federal Meteorology and Climatology Office” (interest field – pollen spread modeling and prognostication of their quantity), Uwe E. Berger from Medicinal University of Vienna (Austria), “The European Aeroallergen Network” leader, “Pollen Diary” coordinator, and others.

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Šiauliai University is the only higher education institution, implementing aerobiological scientific researches. Researchers’ group has systematically investigated aeroallergens spread in the air since 2003. The researches are particularly significant and highly evaluated in international scientific milieu. After the evaluation of the group’s achievements, at the 10th International Aerobiology Symposium in Sydney in 2014, both International and European Associations for Aerobiology decided to enable the Siauliai University researchers to organize high-level courses in Lithuania. More about the courses: http://ekomokslas.lt/aac2015/

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