The Aerosol Society has been in existence for over 30 years. It is a scientific, non-profit organization aimed at extending knowledge and supporting the study of airborne particles. Its membership of more than 500 scientists is drawn from academia, government bodies and industry. Members’ interests are numerous and include climate and atmospheric modeling, nanotechnology, development of inhaled therapies and air pollution. Our committee of volunteers promotes all scientific branches of aerosol research through this website, our monthly members newsletter and regular aerosol science related events. One of the Society’s primary aims is the encouragement and support of early career scientists and the society annually invests thousands of pounds in studentships, travel and research awards.
The Society also organizes numerous events for both members and non-members. The annual Fundamentals of Aerosol Science Course provides invaluable interdisciplinary training for scientists new to aerosol science. The Society’s Annual Aerosol Science Conference provides a forum for members and delegates to share their knowledge through keynote presentations, poster exhibitions and industry exhibitor demonstrations. The conference also includes the AGM of the Aerosol Society.
The Society also holds more-specialised focus meetings and conferences throughout the year and actively encourages collaboration with other aerosol science related organisations. The committee is divided into 4 sub committees to utilise their expertise when planning and hosting these specialised events:
- DDL & Inhaled Aerosols – Darragh Murnane, Ian Colbeck, & Gary Pitcairn.
- Aerosols in the Atmosphere – Ben Murray, Markus Kalberer (& Paul Williams).
- Aerosols in Combustion & Energy – Amanda Lea-Langton, Adam Boies, Marc Stettler & Paul Williams.
- Fundamental Aerosol Science & Technology – Jonathan Reid, Simon Parker, Jacqui Hamilton & Dave Worton.
An additional sub-committee of of experienced respiratory scientists specifically promote the drug delivery to the lungs and inhaled aerosols branch of research through our annual Drug Delivery to the Lungs Conference. Its mission is to provide a vehicle for the advancement of respiratory science and to share recent developments in inhalation therapy.
Today DDL is recognized as one of the major European conferences in respiratory drug delivery and a key international meeting for the rest of the world. The conference attracts a range of attendees from scientists, academics, clinicians, regulators and industrial experts specializing in all aspects of developing medicines for inhalation
With the continued support of our members, event attendees and sponsors, the Aerosol Society is able to support and encourage the UK and Irish aerosol scientists of the future.
In spite of the widespread occurrence of aerosols in nature and their day to day creation in many phases of human activity, it is only in comparatively recent times that a scientific study has been made of their properties and behaviour. During the late 19th and early 20th century many scientists working in various fields became interested in problems which would now be considered aerosol related. The results were quite often either by products of basic research, related to other fields or just plain observations which roused curiosity. Several of the great classical physicists and mathematicians were attracted by the peculiar properties of particulate clouds and they undertook research on various aspects, which have since become associated with their names e.g. Stokes, Aitken, Rayleigh.
In the mid twentieth century much of the fundamental research on aerosol science was undertaken at Porton Down and later, this expanded to include AERE Harwell, the Health and Safety Laboratories, Institute of Occupational Medicine and Rothamsted. In 1975 CN Davies (one of the founding fathers of aerosol science) undertook a review aerosol science research to which the Science Research Council ‘that aerosol science was a subject of growing importance and one which had been neglected in the UK’ and there was ‘ a serious shortcoming in the very small amount of fundamental work on aerosols in the UK, despite their great industrial and environmental importance’.
By the mid 1980’s it was realized that the only forum open for discussing matters encompassing the whole of aerosol science was the annual conference of GAeF and the AAAR. Since these conferences were held overseas the number who could attend from the UK was restricted, mainly due to economic considerations. It was therefore decided to form an aerosol society to serve the UK and the Republic of Ireland. A Standing Committee, composed of Mrs P.K.P. Burnell, Mr A. Cussens, Mr W.D. Griffiths, Dr J.P. Mitchell, Dr J.N. Pritchard and Dr N.P. Vaughan, was formed in 1985. They planned the inaugural meeting, which was held on 15th July 1986 at the Royal Free Hospital and attended by 136 people. The morning session was reserved for the transaction of Society business and in the afternoon lectures were given by C.N. Davies, J.W. Gentry and J. Vincent. Griffiths was elected Chairman of the Society and, in addition to the those on the Standing Committee, Dr R.M. Harrison, Dr I. Livsey and Dr J.I.T. Stenhouse were elected to the committee.
Since the inaugural meeting many successful one-day meetings and longer annual conferences have since been organized. The first was entitled ‘Aerosols in Veterinary Science’ and held on 5th December 1986. The first Annual Conference was held on 31st March – 1st April at Loughborough. Annual Conference proceedings are published under the title ‘Aerosols: Their Generation, Behaviour and Applications’. Out of these one-day meetings has developed a highly successful series of ‘Drug Delivery to the Lungs’ meetings which now attracts over 600 attendees. Today DDL is recognized as one of the major European conferences in respiratory drug delivery and a key international meeting for the rest of the world. In 1992 the Society hosted the European Aerosol Conference in Oxford, in 1998, the 5th International Aerosol Conference which was held in Edinburgh, the European Aerosol Conference in Dublin (2000) and Manchester (2011). We are delighted that the Society has been chosen to host the 2021 European Aerosol Conference. Event details will be published in due course.
For many years now the Society has run a “Fundamentals of Aerosol Science” course which provides an opportunity for both new and existing researchers to explore and understand aerosol science and improve or refresh their knowledge of some of the fundamental concepts. The Society also encourages graduates to undertake postgraduate training in the field of aerosol science via the CN Davies Scholarship award.
More recent developments include Early Career Scientist Travel Award, Small Research Grants and Undergraduate Research Bursaries.
The Aerosol Society continues to go from strength to strength and is ever conscious of its membership and ways in which it can support the study and science of aerosols.
As identified in the Society’s constitution, the aims of The Aerosol Society are to:
- Promote all scientific branches of aerosol research
- Promote by means of meetings and publications the spread of information on an interdisciplinary basis, and to make available a pool of expert knowledge
- Encourage international co-operation
- Recruit new members and assist in training
- Encourage investment in aerosol research
The Society also confers Honorary Membership on those who have distinguished themselves in the field of aerosol science, e.g. by:
- Outstanding personal research or inventions, or
- holding leading positions in prominent undertakings, or
- outstanding success in teaching.
Our current Aerosol Society Honorary Members are:
- Professor Don Clark
- Dr Charles F Clement
- Professor Ian Colbeck
- Professor Ian Ford
- Professor David Ganderton
- Dr William D Griffiths
- Mr Sandy Munro