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The Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) at the University of Toronto is an interdisciplinary centre for the study of air quality, with a focus on how aerosols impact human health and the environment. SOCAAR brings together medical personnel, atmospheric chemists and environmental engineers, and promotes collaborative research through access to state-of-the-art facilities and partnerships with government and industry.

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SOCAAR is also affiliated with The Canadian Aerosol Research Network (CARN), a new initiative formally uniting the collective expertise of leading Canadian aerosol researchers from the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia.

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News and Events

Prof. Amir Hakami will speak about using air quality models in the scientific decision-making process concerning air pollution at the SOCAAR Seminar on Nov 5 at 2pm in Rm 407. Click here to read the abstract.


Prof. Neil Alexis will speak about Airway Cell Responses to Inhaled Irritants at the SOCAAR Seminar on Oct 27 at 1pm in Rm 407. Click here to read the abstract. 

Prof. Chung-Wai Chow spoke about mechanisms that lead to pollution-related lung diseases at the SOCAAR Seminar on Oct 1. Click here to read the abstract.


 Prof Jon Abbatt has been honoured with a Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada. Read more about his research in a UofT news article here.
Prof. Greg Evans leads a new exposomics research initiative, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Read more about the research here.
SOCAAR is looking for new graduate students for some exciting thesis projects