About GAeF:

Introduction

Aerosol particles suspended in air influence life in many ways: airborne infection, inhalation toxicology and therapy, exposure to dust at work, climatic and local weather effects, air chemistry, air pollution, tobacco smoke, industrial production processes, chemical and nuclear safety, radiation protection, pest control, and others. Underlying every applied problem in aerosols is a base of scienttific knowledge which has been built up over the last hundred years. With the growing importance of aerosols in various disciplines -biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, technology, meteorology, and others- the interdisciplinarity of aereosol research requires a forum for all scientists with an interest in aerosol problems.

The "Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung (GAeF)" -Association for Aerosol Research- was founded in 1972 in order to:

promote science in all areas of aerosol research
provide information with an interdisciplinary base to their members and the public by organizing scientific conferences and supporting publications
maintain a forum for international cooperation and exchange for all aspects of aerosol science
support scientific education and teaching in aerosol science at all levels

GAeF provides that forum and makes a special effort to advance the interdisciplinary cooperation in aerosol research. GAeF has geographical members from all parts of the world, but operates primarily in Europe. Members come from different professional areas including industry, universities, medical centers, and research institutes.


Historical Summary

1972 Foundation of GAeF   2001 - 2002 President: Prof. Koch
Secretary General: Dr. Baltensperger
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
1973 - 1976 President: Prof. Böhlau
Secretary General: Prof. Straubel
  2002 - 2004 President: Prof. Koch
Secretary General: Prof. Burtscher
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
1977 - 1978 President: Prof. Junge
Secretary General: Prof. Jaenicke
  2004 - 2006 President: Prof. Horvath
Secretary General: Prof. Burtscher
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
1979 - 1980 President: Prof. Stöber
Secretary General: Prof. Jaenicke
  2006 - 2008 President: Prof. Horvath
Secretary General: Dr. Petzold
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
1981 - 1982 President: Prof. Stöber
Secretary General: Dr. Hochrainer
  2008 - 2010 President: Prof. Kasper
Secretary General: Dr. Petzold
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
1983 - 1984 President: Dr. Spurny, CSc.
Secretary General: Prof. Fissan
  2010 - 2012 President: Prof. Kasper
Secretary General: Prof. Weber
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
1985 - 1986 President: Prof. Schikarski
Secretary General: Prof. Fissan
  2012 - 2014 President: Dr. Gysel
Secretary General: Prof. Weber
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
1987 - 1990 President: Prof. Preining
Secretary General: Dr. Georgi
  2014 - 2016 President: Prof. Kiendler-Scharr
Secretary General: Dr.-Ing. Asbach
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
1990 - 1994 President: Prof. Fissan
Secretary General: Dr. Holländer
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
  2016 - 2018 President: Prof. Horvath
Secretary General: Dr.-Ing. Asbach
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
1995 - 1998 President: Prof. Jaenicke
Secretary General: Prof. Schmidt-Ott
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
     
1999 - 2000 President: Prof. Horvath
Secretary General: Dr. Baltensperger
Treasurer: Dr. Metzig
     

 

 

The GAeF developed originally from aerosol meetings held annually from 1952-1968 at the University of Mainz (organized by Prof. Klumb), and from 1962-1972 at Battelle-Frankfurt (organized by Prof. Straubel). The first annual meeting of GAeF took place in 1973. The tenth anniversary of the GAeF was celebrated in 1982 at the University of Bologna. The twentieth anniversary was celebrated in 1992 at Oxford. Since 1980 the Journal of Aerosol Science (founded by Prof. Davies in 1970) has been edited in cooperation with GAeF.

The first two joint international conferences on aerosols were held together with the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) at Minneapolis, USA, in 1984 and at Berlin, Germany, in 1986. The following international conferences on aerosols were held together with AAAR and the Japan Association of Aerosol Science and Technology (JAAST) in Kyoto, Japan, 1990, in Los Angeles, USA, 1994, in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1998, in Taipeh, Taiwan, 2002, in St. Paul, USA, 2006, in Helsinki, Finland, 2010, and in Busan, Republic of Korea, 2014. GAeF is a founding member of the International Aerosol Research Assembly (IARA) and the European Aerosol Assembly (EAA).


Honorary members

The following aerosol scientists have been elected as honorary members of GAeF:

Professor Dr. Heinz Fissan, Duisburg, Germany
Professor Dr. Ruprecht Jaenicke, Mainz, Germany
Professor Dr. Helmuth Horvath, Vienna, Austria
Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schikarski, Karlsruhe, Germany
Gilmore Sem, USA
Dr Willi Stahlhofen, Bad Homburg, Germany


Honorary members in memory

Professor Dr. V. Böhlau, Bad Soden, Germany
Professor Dr. C.N. Davies, Essex, UK
Professor Dr. Nikolai Fuchs, Moscow, Russia
Professor Dr. Christian Junge, Überlingen, Germany
Professor Dr. Othmar. Preining, Vienna, Austria
Dr. K.R. Spurny CSc, Schmallenberg, Germany
Professor Dr. Werner Stöber, Münster, Germany
Professor Dr. H. Straubel, Vorderhindelang, Germany


Service to members

GAeF invites scientists working in aerosol science and related areas to join the society. The following services are provided to members:

EAA (European Aerosol Assembly) annually holds an aerosol conference usually hosted by an institute working in aerosol science. Conference papers are published in a special issue of the Journal of Aerosol Science.
There are reduced conference fees for members
The membership fee is moderate and includes the subscription for the Journal of Aerosol Science. There are special membership fees for students.
EAA and GAeF meetings, international affairs of the association, and news from aerosol science are announced from time to time in the Journal of Aerosol Science.
Aerosol related products and publications can be exhibited during the annual conference of EAA.
GAeF has institutes, companies and other organizations as supporting members.
GAeF organizes and supports workshops and short courses in aerosol science.
GAeF supports student members by travel aids to GAeF, EAA and international aerosol conferences.
The Smoluchowski Award will be given to young aerosol scientists every year.
GAeF sponsors 1/3 of the Fuchs Award of the International Aerosol Association