The British Aerobiology Federation was formed in 1990 to draw together all those interested in Aerobiology in the United Kingdom. The first President was Prof Jim Hirst, designer of the Hirst trap that is now used as the standard volumetric pollen and spore trapping method in most national monitoring systems world wide.

Since then the presidents have been Dr John Lacey, Institute for arable crop research (IACR), Harpenden; Prof. Jean Emberlin, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, University of Worcester and Dr Alastair McCartney of IACR: Rothamsted. The current president is Dr Peter Burt from the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich who was elected in May 2007.

Dr. Peter Burt

There are about 85 members including academics, environmental health officers and doctors. Members are kept up to date about the Federation and its activities through the annual Newsletter, edited by Dr Cat Pashley, University of Leicester.

The British Aerobiology Federation holds regular scientific meetings, both on its own and with other organisations, and helps to organise workshops for the pollen monitoring network.

If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Janette Bartle (Joint Secretary and Membership Secretary), Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust , Heath Road, Ipswich , IP4 5PD. Tel: 01473 703145. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership fees:
Student - £10
Individual (non-student) Single - £15
Corporate - £30