October 8-12, 2012 · Hyatt Regency Minneapolis · Minneapolis, Minnesota


Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the AAAR 31st Annual Conference organizers I would like to cordially invite you to join us in Minneapolis in October 2012. You will have an opportunity to present your latest findings to an intellectually engaged, diverse and professionally-dedicated community. You will benefit from immersing yourself into the latest advances and the state-of-the-art technology across the full spectrum of aerosol research. The annual AAAR conference will continue to be an excellent opportunity to renew old acquaintances and to meet new colleagues from industry, government and academia.

The AAAR 31st Annual Conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on October 8-12, 2012. As usual, the conference will feature a full slate of tutorials on Monday, followed by invited plenary talks, special symposia, poster presentations, platform presentations, and special events from Tuesday morning through Friday noon. The plenary lectures at the start of each morning will be given by distinguished scientists with expertise spanning multiple areas of aerosol science and technology. We will have three special symposia this year covering different aspects of aerosol science: (1) Synthesis of Functional Materials Using Flames, Plasmas and Other Aerosol Methods; (2) Aerosol Nucleation: From Clusters to Nanoparticles; (3) The Indoor Microbiome. In addition, the program will include the customary sessions on aerosol chemistry, aerosol physics, urban aerosols, aerosols, clouds and climate, remote and regional atmospheric aerosols, carbonaceous aerosols, aerosol source apportionment, combustion, nanoparticles and materials synthesis, aerosol control technology, health-related aerosols, history of aerosol science, indoor aerosols, aerosol exposure, aerosol instrumentation and methods, and aerosols and homeland security. The technical program will feature parallel platform and poster sessions with several scheduled breaks for informal exchange. The exhibit area, open Tuesday through Thursday, will provide opportunities to engage with and learn from leading companies offering instrumentation and services in aerosol science and technology.

This year’s conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The hotel is situated in downtown Minneapolis, close to many attractions and restaurants the city has to offer. Those of you who attended the previous AAAR conference at this location in 2009 will be surprised by the changes in the hotel d├ęcor. The hotel is currently under extensive renovations which are scheduled to finish in May 2012, five months before the conference. Local attractions include the Minneapolis Zoo, Como Park, Mall of America, the Walker Arts Center, the Guthrie Theater, and the Orpheum Theatre. Minneapolis is home to the University of Minneapolis, the hub for premier aerosol research. It is also home to several companies specializing in aerosol technology.

We eagerly look forward to meeting you in Minneapolis in October at the 31st Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research!

Sergey Nizkorodov
2012 Conference Chair