The previous Aerobiology Congresses have identified a specific theme that summarizes the perspectives of the meeting, a forward vision for Aerobiology over the next few years, within a framework of continuing development. For example, the 7th ICA was focused on the ecological significance of Aerobiology (“Coming of age in a new millennium”), while the 8th ICA proposed to make Aerobiology an integrated science, encouraging close collaboration between aerobiologists and other scientists from related fields (“Towards a comprehensive vision”). Aerobiology, if not a new science, is currently experiencing a phase of fast development, as can be seen from the proliferation of aerobiology related researches throughout the World, as well as from many new advances in techniques and methods. Moreover, we now face the exciting challenge of introducing Aerobiology in new countries, many in Latin America, promoting both its geographical and scientific expansion. Therefore, we propose to present a “snapshot” of these new intellectual territories in Buenos Aires in 2010.
There has been a constant progression of Aerobiology in South America for several years, and particularly in Argentina. Therefore, Buenos Aires, as a strategic geographical point in South America, would be a very good opportunity to foment participation of Latin-American scientists involved in Aerobiology and to promote IAA in this continent.
Thirty-five years after its birth, we believe it is time for IAA to convene – for the first time – in the southern hemisphere and experience the American topics. We invite everyone to not only consider Aerobiology with a global vision but in a participative manner. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Buenos Aires, 2010.