These training courses focus on a specific topic within allergy and are built to offer a solid foundation in this area. They are therefore attractive to experienced individuals who are new to the particular field, for fellows in training and EAACI Junior Members, as well as professionals with a particular interest in the chosen topic. Limited group sizes of around 120 international participants enable great dialogue throughout the typically three day courses.
EAACI Allergy School on Aerobiology and Pollution
"The air that you breathe and allergies"
15 - 17 March 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Organised by:

Working Group Aerobiology & Pollution (Environmental & Occupational Allergy Interest Group)
Working Group Infections (Basic & Clinical Immunology Section)

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Educational Aims:
This school aims at bringing professionals the state-of-the-art in developments on pollen, molds, (airborne) virus/bacteria detection and environmental exposure. The basic immunology needed for these topics, 3 hands-on courses, and ample time for free discussions will also be provided. After the course, you will be able to judge (or perform testing on) the quality of the air we breathe, with a focus on the biological components and its impact on the immune system and the lungs.

Expected Learning Outcomes:
This allergy school will emphasize that air quality is about more than pollution, e.g. diesel particles or nitrogen oxide exhausts from cars. A neglected part in air quality is related to its biological components, including viruses, bacteria, pollen and molds and its subsequent effect on the immune system during exposure. For medical purposes, a more diverse composition of air needs to be considered, both indoors and outdoors. There is a growing awareness how microbial exposure during critical phases of early immune development can either prevent allergic disease, or when disease has already developed, may exacerbate inflammatory and clinical symptoms. The school will help professionals to improve their understanding in how air quality and airborne microbes, pollen and molds may affect the allergic patient and how they can better cope with their disease. The participants will understand the natural development of allergic diseases including genetic and environmental factors and how this is can be manipulated to prevent allergy and asthma.

The participants will:
  • grasp the concept of biodiversity and that pollen, molds and airborne microbes can have both beneficial and devastating effects on the development/exacerbation of allergic disease  
  • be updated on the latest insights in the development and epidemiology of allergic diseases and recognize crucial factors that can have an influence on the management of allergic disease
  • acquire understanding of the standard exposure assessment techniques
  • be updated on the latest e-health application developments relevant for allergic disease
  • be introduced to the complexity of big data handling, to understand the processes that need to be applied in environmental studies
  • be able to target their future career according the most modern developments in their field of interest

Target Audience:
The Allergy School is aimed at medical doctors, biologists, young investigators and climate change stakeholders, interested in air quality indoors and outdoors and environmental causes of allergic diseases. In order to achieve an intimate and collegial atmosphere, to leave plenty of space for discussion and obtain optimum conditions for practical aspects, the number of participants will be limited to 100 delegates.



CME Accreditation:
The EAACI Allergy School on Aerobiology and Pollution "The air that you breathe and allergies", Dubrovnik, Croatia, 15/03/2018-17/03/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 15 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

A CME Certificate with the specific number of acquired credits will be sent to all participants after the meeting. Please make sure you scan your badge at the entrance in front of each session room, in order to obtain the CME credits.

For more information regarding CME accreditation, please click here.

Abstract Submission:
The Organising Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for Posters and Free Paper presentations at EAACI Allergy School on Aerobiology and Pollution 2018.

Submission of abstracts is not mandatory but encouraged. You can also attend the meeting by register here without submitting an abstract. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters and oral abstracts. Extraordinary case-reports will also be considered. Applicants should submit original abstracts, not presented before.

Abstract submission is now closed.


Abstract Notification:
A notification letter to inform you whether your abstract has been accepted or not will be sent by 20 January 2018. If your abstract is accepted, you must confirm your participation to this meeting, register and pay before 4 February 2018.

Allergy School Venue and Accommodation
The Allergy School will take place at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik.

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik
Ul. Iva Dulčića 34
20000, Dubrovnik
Telephone: +385 52 465 000

The distance from the Airport to the Hotel:
Airport Dubrovnik Ćilipi (DBV), Croatia, 17 km from Dubrovnik
Airport Split (SPU), Croatia, 211 km from Dubrovnik


EAACI Junior Member          EUR 250
EAACI Member* EUR 350
Non-Member EUR 500

Registration is now closed.

*Only EAACI Members who have paid the full amount of their membership fee are entitled to this reduced rate. Please make sure to pay the EAACI membership before you register for this allergy school.

If you select the accommodation opt-out version, the amount of EUR 80.00 will be deducted from your registration fee. Please note, that if you have selected this option, EAACI will not be responsible for the booking or payment of your accommodation.

Should you change your mind and require shared accommodation after registration, EAACI cannot guarantee availability.

Registration for the Allergy School includes:
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room (two nights, 15 – 17 March 2018) if you select the accommodation opt-out version, NO accommodation will be booked for you.
  • Welcome reception on Thursday evening, dinner/social event on Friday
  • Lunch on Friday, coffee breaks on all days
  • Handouts from the Allergy School
  • The registration fee does not include travel costs

Travel Grants:
A limited number of travel grants will be provided to EAACI Junior Members who are the presenting authors of an accepted abstract. Upon submission your abstract will be automatically considered if you are a EAACI Junior Member (JM). In order to receive a travel grant you must be registered for the Training Course and your registration fee must be paid.

Those who are awarded a travel grant will receive travel costs refunded up to EUR 250.00 and will be reimbursed after the Training Course. Please note that a travel grant does not include the registration fee. The winners of a travel grant will be informed shortly after their abstract notification by the end of January 2018.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Dubrovnik.

Organising Committee

Jeroen Buters
Local Organising Chair

Tuomas Jartti
Local Organising Secretary

Hermelijn Smits
Working Group Infections Chair (Basic & Clinical Immunology Section)

Michel Thibaudon
Working Group Aerobiology & Pollution Chair (Interest Group Environmental & Occupational Allergy)

Contact Details:
EAACI Headquarters
Hagenholzstrasse 111
3rd Floor
8050 Zurich

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Please note: The purpose of an Allergy School is to allow a maximum amount of time for interaction between participants and speakers. For this reason we do not encourage accompanying persons. Should you wish to bring an accompanying person, EAACI cannot organise extra accommodation. Only registered participants are invited to social events. If you wish to extend your stay at the hotel or arrive earlier we ask you to liaise with the hotel directly.

Potential Conflict of Interest Declaration

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) takes pride in offering scientific educational events of the highest standard. In accordance with UEMS criteria EAACI dutifully request all committee and faculty members to declare any interests they may have which could influence, or might be perceived to influence their judgement or behaviour.

Please click on the following links to view the respective Conflict of Interest forms.
- Committee
- Faculty

Last updated 21 March 2018