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Summer School "Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols"

last modified Jun 29, 2016 12:09 PM
The University of Helsinki, with several collaborators, is pleased to invite students to the 2016 Summer School "Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols".
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Aug 15, 2016 04:00 PM to Aug 26, 2016 01:00 PM (Europe/Vienna / UTC200)
Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station (Finland)
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The course is worth 5 credits of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)

The course is aimed to PhD students and advanced MSc students of atmospheric sciences. Topics that will be covered are (tentative list):

  1. Atmospheric aerosols
  2. Aerosol measurement techniques
  3. Atmospheric observations of aerosol formation and growth
  4. Nucleation theory and computational methods
  5. Aerosol dynamics: Condensation and coagulation
  6. Aerosol dynamics: Emissions, deposition and general dynamic equation
  7. Aerosols, clouds and climate
  8. Large-scale modeling of atmospheric aerosol
  9. Organic aerosols
  10. Gaseous precursors of atmospheric aerosols and their chemistry
  11. Laboratory investigations of nucleation and nanoparticle growth
  12. Primary vs. secondary, and natural vs. anthropogenic contribution to atmospheric aerosol number concentrations
  13. Heterogeneous chemistry and particulate phase processes in aerosol formation and growth
  14. Thermodynamics of aerosol formation
  15. Observations of sub-3 nm atmospheric clusters
  16. Chemical composition of atmospheric nanoparticles and clusters
  17. Acid-base chemistry and aerosol formation and growth
  18. Air quality and climate interactions

A more detailed programme will be available later.

Each day consists of two or three sets of 90 min lectures followed by 90 min exercises with lunch or dinner between the sets. Additionally, there will be an atmospheric nucleation workshop held during the course, between 23-25 August. During the workshop, there is a possibility to participate in oral and poster sessions.

The course includes also a visit to the SMEAR II station. There will also be recreational events such as sauna and swimming as well as an excursion.


Prof. Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki), Prof. Veli-Matti Kerminen (University of Helsinki) and Assoc. Prof. Ilona Riipinen (Stockholm University) will lead the course. There will be also several guest lecturers, including Prof. Kari Lehtinen (University of Eastern Finland), Prof. Hanna Vehkamäki (University of Helsinki), Prof. Tuukka Petäjä (University of Helsinki), Prof. Neil Donahue (Carnegie Mellon University), Dr. Pontus Roldin (Lund University), Dr Mikael Ehn (University of Helsinki), Dr Katrianne Lehtipalo (PSI), Prof. Hannele Korhonen (Finnish Meteorological Institute), and Dr. Heikki Junninen (University of Helsinki).

Credits and accrediting body and official name
5 ECTS, University of Helsinki
530181 Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols

There will be an exam at the end of the course, on August 25th.

Participation costs
The course fee is 1600 EUR, including transfers between Helsinki and Hyytiälä, accommodation in two-person rooms, and full board (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, and evening meal) during the course, and the excursions and social programme during the course. There are a limited number of travel grants available for participants from ABS network universities.

For doctoral students of Finnish universities, the fee is covered by the ATM-DP Doctoral Programme. For master students of ABS network universities, the fee is covered by the ABS programme.

A maximum of 24 students are selected to participate. The selection is based on applications. Applicants must submit their application before June 9th using the online application form.

Successful applicants will be selected within two weeks after the application deadline.

Practical information for course participants
Each room is equipped with beds, bed linens, towels, a small desk and a wardrobe. Two rooms share WC and six rooms share a shower (there are more showers at the sauna). It is also possible to cook small meals and store food in a refrigerator. There is also a washing machine for common use. The distance to the nearest shop is approximately 8 km. For more detailed information please visit the information page of the Hyytiälä forestry field station.

In addition to normal clothes and perhaps some money (in Euros, to pay soda/beer, laundry etc.) you should bring:

  • pen and paper, pocket calculator or laptop computer
  • shoes and clothes to be prepared for the weather; the temperature in Hyytiälä in August is usually somewhere between +10 and +25 Celsius, it can be sunny, rainy or windy
  • light indoor shoes since we stay inside most of the time
  • bathing suit/shorts for sauna

There is a wireless internet connection at the station.

The organisers of the course cannot accept liability for personal accident or loss or damage to private property of attending students which may occur either during or arise from the course. Participants are therefore advised to arrange their own appropriate insurance coverage.

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