IAA supports various educational forms, but the main action are the Advanced Aerobiology Courses, arranged more or less regularly, between the Basic Courses. Each of them should be focused on the specific subject, closely related to the aerobiological studies. The proposals for the next courses are welcome. To gain the basic knowledge on the aerobiological measurements and pollen types, the European Courses on Basic Aerobiology are recommended. See more on the European Aerobiology Society website.

IAA Courses

The Advanced Aerobiology courses series have been created for people having already a technical knowledge of aerobiology, i.e. of sampling and identification of airborne biological particles. This series of courses are aimed at understanding the scientific principles behind aerobiological sampling and analyses, and at giving a solid background for the interpretation of aerobiological results. The courses deal with fundamental topics such as the principles of atmospheric transport, the principles of deposition and sampling, the methods of analisys, data presentation and interpretation . This series of courses is held biennially in different bio-geographical zones, and for this latter reason they include classes and practical activities strictly linked to the chosen site.


Annual award aimed at supporting studies in Aerobiology

The Young Aerobiologist Award is bestowed annually to a student or young researcher (under 35 years old) to support activities within the framework of the aims of the IAA. The award will be bestowed towards fieldwork, travel costs for visiting other laboratories, support for attending appropriate courses or travel to conferences.

One award of $US 1000 will be granted each year.


Applications are invited from persons studying any aspect of aerobiology and who has been an individual member of the IAA for at least 2 years.

Basis of the Award

The application will be evaluated using the following criteria: the qualifications of the student, the importance of the proposed project and its likely contribution to the science of Aerobiology.


Two application forms – Student Form and Faculty Supervisor Form – should be filled in and should include:

  • A short CV outlining the applicant’s qualifications and current course of study or employment.
  • A description of what the award would be used for.
  • A brief description of how the award would benefit the applicant’s career and their contribution to aerobiology.
  • A supporting statement signed by the applicant’s supervisor or employer.

The application (no more than 2 pages A4 or equivalent) should be sent by the applicant, together with the statement of support from his/her supervisor, to the Secretary of the International Association for Aerobiology.


Applications should be received not later than February 1 each year. The applications will be evaluated within 30 days from deadline expiration and applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision as soon as possible

Best Research Paper Award

To foster excellence in research, the International Aerobiology Association wishes to recognize single, significant research contributions to the peer-reviewed literature which incrementally move the science of aerobiology forward.
The Best Research Paper Award will be bestowed annually to the first author of an article on aerobiology published during the previous year. The prize, granted each year, is one free registration to an aerobiological conference. 


Articles in any area of aerobiology published during the previous calendar year can be nominated. Self nominations are not allowed. The researchers do not need to be current members of IAA although it is our hope and expectation that winners of this award will maintain membership in our association. 
Basis of the Award 

The nominations will be evaluated using the following criteria: the quality of the article, its novelty and its contribution to the science of Aerobiology. 

Nominations, comprising the full citation of a paper in aerobiology published during the previous calendar year, with abstract and pdf of the article, and the names of the nominee and the nominator should be sent to the Secretary General of the International Association for Aerobiology. 

Applications should be received no later than April 1st, each year. 
The applications will be evaluated within 45 days of the deadline expiration. Applicants will be informed of the panel decision as soon as possible.