Throughout their entire span of live, humans are exposed to the aerosols omnipresent in closed spaces. Given that most people spend the majority of their time in private, public and workplace indoor environments, the consequences of this exposure range from insignificant to fatal and depend on the type of aerosols present, type of indoor environment, duration of time spent, age, gender, susceptibility, and many other factors. Indoor aerosols can be emitted from a variety of sources or formed through pathways that are different from atmospheric particles. Consequently, indoor and workplace aerosols became an increasingly important research field in recent years. It is a multidisciplinary field, ranging from aerosol instrumentation, characterization, atmospheric chemistry, exposure and health effects to mitigation strategies.

The AEROSOLS conference series serves as a forum for experts with different scientific background to meet and to exchange knowledge and ideas on the following major topics:

  • Characterization of aerosols and bioaerosols in indoor air and workplaces
  • Exposure assessment
  • Analytical devices
  • Technical mitigation strategies

The conference is organized by Fraunhofer WKI in close collaboration with the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt - UBA). It offers a diverse program of plenary lectures, short oral presentations, poster exhibitions and panel discussions. The invited speakers will cover a broad spectrum of topics and provide the latest research findings. Without parallel sessions, the conference is able to bring all experts together working on the multidisciplinary problem.

Aerosol and atmospheric scientists, engineers, metrologists, physicists, chemists, biologists and medical experts from universities, research institutions, governmental organizations and industries should attend. The organizers especially wish to promote the networking of experienced scientists, early state researchers and students.

Scientific goals:

Characterization of aerosols and bioaerosols in indoor air and workplaces

  • sources
  • chemical composition of particles
  • gas/particle interactions
  • infiltration processes
  • indoor chemistry leading to particle formation
  • particle transport in microenvironments

Exposure assessment

  • experimental analysis for exposure characterization
  • aerosols and health effects, epidemiology
  • computational modeling of indoor aerosol exposure
  • nano safety
  • standards and guidelines

Analytical devices

  • particle counting
  • gravimetry
  • microscopy
  • GC/MS and HPLC/MS
  • elemental analysis

Technical mitigation strategies

  • ventilation
  • air filtration
  • protective equipment