Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the AAAR 32nd Annual Conference organizers, I am excited to invite you to join us in Portland, Oregon, USA, September 30 to October 4, 2013. The AAAR Conference is an outstanding venue to present your latest findings to an intellectually engaged, diverse and professionally-dedicated community, and to immerse yourself into the latest advances and the state-of-the-art technology across the full spectrum of aerosol research. The AAAR Conference provides an excellent opportunity to renew old acquaintances and to meet new colleagues from industry, government and academia.

The 2013 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 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.

A special emphasis of this year’s conference is making new connections.  We will have three symposia that are designed to bridge multiple topical areas and promote cross-disciplinary interaction:  (1) Bioaerosols: Characterization and Environmental Impact, (2) Engineered Nanoparticles: Emissions, Transformation and Exposure, (3) Portable and Inexpensive Sensor Technology for Air Quality Monitoring: The Future is Now.  In addition, the program will include 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 2013 Conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center.  Those of you who attended the 2010 Conference at this site know that it is ideally suited for the AAAR conference.  The platform session rooms, exhibit hall and common areas are located in contiguous space, making it easy to switch rooms and network with other attendees.  Reduced rate conference sleeping room blocks have been secured at two hotels, the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland and the Red Lion Hotel Portland Convention Center.  Both hotels are within easy walking distance of the OCC.  Please access additional information on the two hotels under the HOTEL/TRAVEL section of this site.

As many of you know, the city of Portland and the surrounding area are known for both beauty and an excellent quality of life. From towering Mt. Hood in the distance to a vast array of award-winning restaurants, museums, and gardens, hundreds of sightseeing opportunities await you.  A state-of-the-art light rail system offers easy transportation between the airport, the OCC, downtown and the metropolitan area.  The average temperature in Portland in early October is in the high 60s during the day, dropping to the low 50s in the evening. 

The organizing committee eagerly looks forward to greeting you in Portland at the 32nd Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research!

Murray Johnston
2013 Conference Chair