On behalf of the local organizing committee and the program planning committee, we welcome you to participate in the 12th IGAC Open Science Conference to be held September 17-21, 2012, in Beijing, China.
The theme of the 2012 IGAC conference, “Atmospheric Chemistry in the Anthropocene”, addresses the critical interactions between the atmosphere and human activities in an era where humans have fundamentally altered the composition and chemistry of our atmosphere. It fits the location of the conference, Beijing, China, quite well. As a megacity with more 20 million residents, Beijing has experienced fast social and economic development in recent decades. The pressure of development on the local environment is high, as evidenced by growing public attention on air pollution in Beijing. With atmospheric chemists from around the world attending the conference, we will have the opportunity to extensively discuss many questions related to atmospheric chemistry in the Anthropocene, the influence of Megacities, interactions with climate, impacts on human health, surface-atmosphere exchange, and the fundamentals of our science.
IGAC’s biennial open science conferences are the primary mechanism for dissemination of scientific information across the community. The conference will feature five days of plenary, invited keynote, and submitted oral presentations, as well as high quality poster presentations which will be displayed continuously throughout the conference.
The IGAC Open Science Conference is a great event for atmospheric chemists around the world, and we look forward to hosting you all in Beijing.
Chair, Local Organizing Committee
Co-Chairs, Scientific Program Committee