Objectives and Topics

  1. Exposure assessment and instrumentation
    Workplace and indoor aerosol exposure in environments with mixed aerosol (eg. of various sizes, materials, droplets, solid particles) and their measurements under different scenarios will be discussed:
    - the advances and limitations of the existing aerosol instrumentation and strategies to assess relevant aerosol properties
    - sampling methods in relation to exposure, by particle collection for electron microscopy, chemical, physical and biological analysis
    - development of exposure databases
  2. Relations between aerosol properties and health effects
    Cutting edge inf the understanding the health effects of aerosols:
    - biomarkers for exposure and susceptibility in relation to aerosols
    - toxicological and mechanistic aspect of the particle deposition within respiratory tract
    - toxicity by ingestion and skin exposure
    - role of biological matter carried on particles - in vivo and in vitro studies
    - health relevant dose metrics and epidemiological studies
  3. Nanosafety and nanotoxicology
    Nanoparticle release from commercial products during manufacturing, handling and use:
    - the measurements, characterization, dynamics and transport of nanoaerosols in the work environment
    - nanoparticle exposure and exposure modeling: approaches beyond classification by phase (solid-liquid-powder-airborne)
  4. Ventilation, air filtration, protective equipment
    Regulated properties of aerosols - standards and legislation guidelines vs measurement and control technologies; performance of protective equipment
  5. Bioaerosols in indoor environment and occupational settings, and their impact on human health
    Challenges and question marks in relation to bioaerosols:
    - viral, bacterial and fungal infections and terror-associated bioaerosol
    - spread of airborne diseases and mitigation possibilities
    - (bio)aerosols formed during tobacco smoking
    - environmental factors and survival of bioaerosols during combustion of biomass/biological matter
    - measurement techniques
  6. Advanced air distribution and exposure control
    Challenges in the airflow interaction in spaces and around human body and its impact on exposure; passive and active exposure control strategies - advanced air distribution in spaces and emerging technologies for decreased exposure risk