The Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics (LAP) was officially established in 1981, within the School of Physics of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), aiming to support undergraduate and postgraduate research in the scientific field of Atmospheric Physics and Physics of Atmospheric Environment. LAP has provided educational support to both the Undergraduate Program of the School of Physics (since 1979) and the Postgraduate Program in Environmental Physics (since 1993), awarding more than 45 doctoral degrees. Presently, five Faculty members, two Laboratory Teaching Staff (EDIP) members, one Specialized Technical Staff (ETEP) member and several postdoctoral fellows, doctoral candidates and scientific collaborators participate in the educational and research work of LAP. Alongside the academic activities, LAP also supports educational activities hosting in situ school visits and lectures presented to educational and social institutions.
Great emphasis was given from the beginning to the development of international collaborations, the participation in innovative research projects and research programmes and also the instalment of specialized scientific equipment, necessary to support basic and applied research performed in LAP. The Laboratory has progressively been equipped with scientific instruments for the long-term monitoring of various atmospheric parameters, such as ozone, solar radiation, aerosols and air-quality related species.