A one-day meeting sponsored by the Aerosol Society, the Environmental
Physics Group of the Institute of Physics, and the British Aerobiology
Federation will be held at the

Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, W1B 1NT, London
Wednesday June 19, 2002.

The transport of living organisms through the atmosphere can be a major
threat to the health of humans, animals and plants as well as being a means
of disseminating life. Examples include the recent foot and mouth epidemic,
the transmission of viruses, allergenic pollen, plant pathogens and anthrax
spores. It has also been suggested as a means of introducing life to our
planet from outer space. The meeting will address questions on the
scientific knowledge of diverse areas of the subject, including the
dispersal, detection and viability of bioaerosols as well as the specific
application to foot and mouth disease.


10:00 Tea and coffee
10:30 Introduction Dr. Charles Clement (consultant)
10:35 Assessment of Bioaerosols Dr. David Griffiths (AEA Technology)
11:15 Dispersal and Detection of Airborne Fungal Spores Dr. Alastair
McCartney (IACR Rothamsted)
11:55 Infectivity by Inhalation Route Dr. Steve Eley (Porton)
12:35 Lunch
1:30 The Airborne Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease: Sources and Doses Prof.
Soren Alexandersen (IAH Pirbright)
2:10 The Airborne Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease: Transport Dr. John
Gloster (Meteorological Office)
2:50 Tea
3:20 Plant Allergens on Pollen and Other
Particles Prof. Jean Emberlin (University College Worcester)
4:00 Extraterrestrial Organic Aerosols Dr. Matthew Genge (Natural History
4:40 Close

The meeting is open to members of the sponsoring organisations and others,
but requires registration in advance. Please send your name, address,
affiliation and a registration fee of #20 (#10 for students), which includes
the refreshments, as a cheque to The Aerosol Society to:
The Aerosol Society
P O Box 34, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7FE
Tel: +44 (0) 1275 849019    Fax: +44 (0) 1275 844877
Email:      Website:

Organisers:  Dr Alastair McCartney ( and Dr
Charles Clement (