What a pleasure to see you all in person in Raleigh! I am grateful that we could gather to attend stimulating talks, engage in discussion at the poster sessions and in the exhibit hall, and enjoy the many social activities. A huge thank you to Amy Sullivan, 2022 Conference Chair, Akua Asa-Awuku, Immediate Past President, the staff at Virtual, and the army of WG chairs and committee members for organizing such a successful conference. And a huge thank you to you for attending and for complying cheerfully with the mask policy. Painful as it was not to see people’s smiles, we seem to have navigated the conference without too many reports of post-conference COVID-19.
We have an exciting 2023 ahead of us, with planning already in progress for the conference in Portland, Oregon. Strategic initiatives, funded by the Board of Directors, are paying off with year-round activities to engage our members, such as the AS&T Lecture Series and increased social media presence. The Board will be meeting in January to approve the 2023 budget and we welcome your suggestions for strategic projects. We also have several exciting new endowment funds under development to fund a new award, a plenary and travel grants. You will be hearing more about those efforts soon and I hope you will join me in donating to AAAR to make these funds a reality. Our online donation portal (click the Donate button on the AAAR home page) makes it easy.
Looking further into the future, we are actively searching for a location for the 2025 conference. Coming back to Raleigh is one option, although the dates offered fall on Yom Kippur again (we had no choice of dates for 2022 because we were postponing due to the pandemic). We could move the conference into early November or continue to look for other locations that have a small convention center, reasonably priced hotels, and an international airport. Suggestions are welcome.
The holiday season is upon us and I wish you joy and the warmth of family and friends. As we end the 40th year of AAAR, I will endeavor as President to support the vision of AAAR as the premier place for aerosol science and technology. May we grow this wonderful community for at least another 40 years.
President, AAAR Board of Directors
This Issue’s Newsletter Committee:
Editor | Krystal Pollitt, Yale UniversitySenior Assistant Editor | Justice Archer, University of BristolJunior Assistant Editor | Dong Gao, Yale UniversityGuest Contributor | Sarah Petters, Aarhus University