The Master's Degree Programme in Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies

Summer School 2014
Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols

Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences ATM-DP, CLOUD Marie Curie Initial Training Network CLOUD-TRAIN, Pan-Eurasian Experiment PEEX, The Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science - From Molecular and Biological processes to The Global Climate, the Nordic Graduate School 'Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions' (CBACCI), Nordic Master's Degree Programme 'Atmosphere-Biosphere-Studies' (ABS), Nordic Centre of Excellence CRAICC, iLEAPS, and EU projects ACTRIS and PEGASOS are pleased to invite students to the 2014 Summer School "Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols". The Summer School starts on August 12th 2014 and ends on August 22nd 2014 and is held at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Finland.

The course is worth 5 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System)

The course is aimed at PhD students and advanced MSc students of atmospheric sciences. Topics that will be covered are:

  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 can be downloaded here.

Each day consists of two or three sets of 90 min lectures followed by 90 min exercises with lunch and 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 an excursion.

Hyytiälä Forestry Field station in Southern Finland

Tuesday, August 12th - Friday, August 22th, 2014

Transportation schedule:

Tuesday, August 12th
Friday, August 22nd
  • 09:00 - departure from the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station
  • 12:00 - a brief stop at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
  • 12:20 - a brief stop in Kumpula Campus
  • 12:30 - arrival at the Helsinki City Centre

Please organize yourself the travels from your point of departure to Helsinki and back. Also note that people arriving/departing outside these pick up/drop off times will need to arrange their own transportation to/from Hyytiälä.

Course teachers and lecturers include Prof. Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki), Prof. Veli-Matti Kerminen (University of Helsinki), Assoc. Prof. Ilona Riipinen (Stockholm University) and Prof. Hanna Vehkamäki (University of Helsinki). Other teachers and guest lecturers will be announced at a later date.

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 21st.

Participation costs
The course fee is 1590 EUR. The fee covers:

  • all academic and social programme during the course
  • course material
  • accommodation in two-person rooms at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station between August 12-22
  • evening snacks on August 12, five daily servings between August 13-21 (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, evening snacks) and breakfast on August 22
  • transportation from Helsinki to Hyytiälä on August 12, and from Hyytiälä to Helsinki on August 22 (service to/from Helsinki-Vantaa airport available)
The fee does not cover:
  • travel expenses to and from Helsinki
  • personal health and civil liability insurance
  • personal expenses such as drinks, telephone, fax, photocopies, etc.

A maximum of 30 students are selected to participate. The selection is based on applications. Applicants must submit their applications before June 6th using the online application form.

Successful applicants will be selected within a week 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 in 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 10 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
  • 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
Furthermore, it is a good idea to bring a laptop computer with you if you have one. 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.