The Master's Degree Programme in Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies

Summer School 2010
Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols

Marie Curie Initial Training Network CLOUD, Nordic graduate school CBACCI (Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions), Nordic master's degree programme ABS (Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies), and Finnish graduate school "Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change: From Molecular Processes to Global Observations and Models" are pleased to invite students to the 2010 Summer School "Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols". The Summer School starts on August 16th and ends on August 26th and is held at Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Finland.

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:

  • Atmospheric aerosols
  • Atmospheric aerosol formation, observations, meteorology behind atmospheric aerosol formation
  • Biological processes connected to VOC emission
  • Nucleation
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Activation, heterogeneous nucleation, nano-Köhler
  • Coagulation, General Dynamic Equation (GDE)
  • Thermodynamics, condensation
  • Aerosol dynamics, models
  • Instrumentation, cluster, ion and aerosol measurements
  • Global models
  • Nucleation experiments
  • Cluster and ion dynamics
  • Biosphere-aerosol-cloud-climate interaction, processes in biosphere related to atmospheric aerosol formation
  • Hygroscopic growth
  • Organic aerosol

A more detailed programme can be downloaded here.

Each day consists of two or three sets of 90 min lectures followed by 90 min exercises with lunch or dinner between the sets.

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 excursions to Siikaneva wetland conservation area, and to Helvetinkolu in Helvetinjärvi National Park.

Hyytiälä Forestry Field station in Southern Finland

Monday, August 16th - Thursday, August 26th

Transportation schedule:

Monday, August 16th
16:00Helsinki Railway Station
16:45Helsinki-Vantaa airport
20:00arrival in Hyytiälä

Thursday, August 26th
08:30departure from Hyytiälä
12:30Helsinki-Vantaa airport
13:15Helsinki Railway Station

Please note that people arriving/departing outside these pick up/drop off times will need to arrange their own transportation to/from Hyytiälä.

Prof. Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki) and Prof. Veli-Matti Kerminen (Finnish Meteorological Institute) will lead the course. There will be also several guest lecturers.

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

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

The summer school participation is free, but there is a 200 EUR fee, which covers the accommodation and meals in Hyytiälä, bus transport between Helsinki and Hyytiälä and the excursions during the course.

A maximum of 24 students are selected to participate. The selection is based on applications. Applicants must send their application before May 31st to antti.lauri(at) The application must include:

  • Full name (surname, first and middle names)
  • Gender (M/F)
  • Date of birth
  • Address (Institution or home address)
  • Phone number(s)
  • Name of institute and/or university
  • Name of supervisor and his/her e-mail address
  • Status of studies (MSc, PhD, BSc), degree programme
  • Field of study (Meteorology, physics, chemistry, biology etc.)
  • Courses previously taken on related topics
  • Topic of research work (if applicable)
  • Your motivation to participate on the course

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