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13th European Basic Course in Aerobiology

We are happy to invite you to the 13th European Basic Course in Aerobiology, which will take place at the research station of Kristineberg, W of Fiskebäckskil, ca 110 km N of Gothenburg. The course is aimed at students and young researchers, who are in the beginning of their research in aerobiology and in their cooperation and communication with stakeholders; e.g. health care and the public. It intends to provide a basic understanding as to the production, dispersal, deposition and impacts of airborne pollen and spores, as well as skills to sample and identify these bioaerosols.

Aerobiology is a transscientific subject, involving i.a., botany, mycology, ecology, meteorology and other atmospheric sciences, modelling, and medicine. Therefore, the course will touch on all these subjects, with leading experts from different parts of Europe, to teach about the latest knowledge concerning our field. There will be a theoretical part concerning the production, dispersal and impact of pollen and fungal spores, sampling techniques and quality control in bioaerosol monitoring, relevant meteorology, atmospheric science, forecasting and modelling, databases, statistics used in aerobiological research and consequences of Global Change. There is also a practical part on pollen and fungal spore identification, as well as operation of volumetric traps and sampling. The course will end with a theoretical and practical examination. When approved, participants will receive a diploma.

The course will be arranged in a joint collaboration between the European Aerobiology Society (EAS), University of Gothenburg, and Gothenburg Centre of Air and Climate (GAC).

The course will combine lectures and practical sessions. One day (in the middle of the course) will be set aside to a tour in the beautiful province of Bohuslän, with a world-heritage of Bronze Age rock carvings, and Nordens Ark, a zoological park focusing on the preservation of species under the threat of extinction, and aiming at reintroducing animals to the wild.

The province of Bohuslän has a bedrock of ancient granites and gneiss. The rocks were abraded to smoothness by Pleistocene glaciers. Between them, there is an amiable landscape, which was beneath sea level only one to a few millennia ago. It is characterised by small-scale agriculture, green pastures and meadows, and oak forest groves on shell rich ground.

The course venue, the marine research station Kristineberg, is part of Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure. It is situated in the western outskirts of the picturesque fishing village of Fiskebäckskil, on the island of Skaftö by the Gullmar Fjord. A fjord is a narrow inlet from the sea. The Gullmar Fjord, or “Gullmarn” in the local language, is a threshold fjord with a mean depth of 20-40 metres at the orifice and a maximum depth of 118,5 metres further in. It has a length of 25 km, a width of 1–3 km, and is a marine nature reserve comprising 16 499 hectares.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Bohuslän and to Fiskebäckskil, at the West Coast of Sweden: aka the Best Coast.

Information on Fiskebäckskil
Information on West Sweden in general


On behalf of the Local Organising Committee,
Åslög Dahl

Sidansvarig: Sven Toresson|Sidan uppdaterades: 2017-03-30

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