Historical Museum of sampling equipment
A PROPOSAL FOR AN AEROBIOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Since I started studying airborne particles, I learned about
the different air samplers built by different researchers. I have
seen some of them, sometimes the sampler itself, sometimes photos
appearing in publications. But, probably as most of other young aerobiologists, I have not a personal experience of seeing
them at work. A number of these samplers, specially
those with an historical value for Aerobiology, seem to just have
disappeared. Which I hope is not the case. The creation of "An
Aerobiology Museum" is certainly a beautiful dream. For which
the collecting air samplers with historical value is the first step.
I myself, sponsored by the Departement of
Geography, at the
This collection is not to foreseen as a static exhibition
in one location, but will be a "traveling exhibition" that
can be a wonderful educational addition to any Aerobiology meeting.
Therefore the items that would be used for this exhibition are not
expected to be permanently given to the Museum, but as any material
presented in modern exhibitions it would remain property of the donating
institution. Between exhibitions items could be safety deposited under
to responsibility of the
This can seem the most ambitious project you have ever heard of but it could be a very important step for future aerobiologists who will always want to know the way Aerobiology evolves. Air samplers can tell them a lot of information on Aerobiology, thus the importance of such a collection.
It is probably now the best time to try to save the artifacts of the history of Aerobiology before these instruments become archaeological pieces.
Please join us in this project. Who knows, probably our 2002 meeting will host the first Air samplers history exhibition.
For more information contact Beatriz Escamilla Garcia, Département
de Géographie, Université
de Montréal, C.P. 6128
Last updated: July 15, 2015