The Master's Degree Programme in Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies

Hyytiälä Autumn School 2015 - Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Air Pollution and their Effects

University of Helsinki, Division of Atmospheric Sciences is pleased to announce the intensive course "Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Air Pollution and their Effects" to be held at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Southern Finland on October 5-16, 2015.

Similar to our annual Autumn/Winter Schools, the course is based on intensive work in small groups, with MATLAB being the main tool for statistical analysis. This course in particular has the following main topics:

  • Biogenic Aerosols – Effects on Clouds and Climate (in relation to the BAECC campaign in 2014)
  • Ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases and trace gases (= COS, VOCs, CO, O3 etc.)
  • Feedback loops related to atmosphere-biosphere interactions

Some of the transferable skills the course strives to improve:

  • statistical analysis and use of MATLAB
  • multidisciplinary approach
  • project management
  • collaborative learning
  • broadening of the personal comfort zone
  • introduction to SMEAR II measurement station

The course involves 1-3 relevant lectures per day, with the main emphasis placed on intensive group work and final report written after the course. The course is aimed at MSc and recently started PhD students in atmospheric and biospheric sciences. During the course the students will utilize long-term aerosol, air ion, trace gas, meteorological and ecophysiological data measured at several stations in order to learn advanced data treatment and data analysis methods. The main tool used on the course is MATLAB.

Application to the course is done filling in the online application form.

Location: Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Southern Finland
Time: October 5-16, 2015
Teachers: Profs. Jaana Bäck, Tuukka Petäjä, Timo Vesala and Markku Kulmala are the leading teachers.
Credits and accrediting body: 5 ECTS, University of Helsinki
Exam: Students write a scientific report based on the results from analysis done during the course

The course fee is 1600 EUR. This fee covers:

  • all academic and social programme during the course
  • access to the electronically provided course material
  • accommodation in two-person rooms at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station during the course
  • evening snacks on October 5, five daily servings between October 6-15 (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, evening snacks) and breakfast on October 16
  • transportation from Helsinki to Hyytiälä on October 5, and from Hyytiälä to Helsinki on October 16 (service to/from Helsinki-Vantaa airport is 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. during the course

Bus transportation between Helsinki and Hyytiälä
On Monday October 5th the bus to Hyytiälä will proceed according to the following schedule:
16:00 - departure from the Helsinki city center (Mikonkatu charter bus stop)
16:20 - a brief stop in Kumpula campus (between Physicum and Chemicum buildings)
16:45 - a brief stop at Helsinki-Vantaa airport (bus stop to the right of terminal 2 exit)
20:00 - arrival at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station

On Friday October 16th the bus from Hyytiälä will proceed according to the following schedule:
08:45 - departure from the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station
12:00 - a brief stop at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
12:25 - a brief stop in Kumpula campus
12:45 - arrival at the Helsinki city center

Activities during free time
Before your departure, check the latest weather forecasts and bring your sports gear with you, if you wish. There will also be time for sauna during some of the evenings.

Facilities in Hyytiälä
Accommodation for the students is in two person rooms. Each room is equipped with beds, bed linens, towels, a small desk and a wardrobe. Two rooms share a bathroom and six rooms share a shower. It is also possible to store food in a refrigerator. There is also a washing machine for common use. For more detailed information please visit the information page of the station. In addition to normal clothes and perhaps some money (in Euros, to pay soft drinks and beer) you should bring
shoes and clothes to be prepared for the weather; the temperature in Hyytiälä in October is usually somewhere between -5 and +15 Celsius, it can be sunny, windy, rainy or snowing;
light indoor shoes since we stay inside most of the time;
bathing suit/shorts for swimming (for the brave ones).
Furthermore, it is a good idea to bring a laptop computer with you if you have one. There will be desktop computers in common use, but not enough for everyone to have a personal computer all the time. There is a wireless internet connection at the station.

For any questions or clarifications regarding the course, please contact Antti Lauri (

The course will be held in cooperation with Master's Degree Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM-MP), Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic UnderStanding (BACCHUS), Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate (CRAICC), Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX), Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, Nordic graduate school (CBACCI), Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets Network (CLOUD), and Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network (ACTRIS). More information about the contributing and related projects and networks:

  • ATM-DP (Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences)
  • BACCHUS (Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic UnderStanding)
  • CRAICC (Cryosphere-atmosphere interactions in a changing Arctic climate)
  • PEEX (Pan-Eurasian Experiment)
  • CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets Network)
  • ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network)
  • CBACCI (Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, Nordic graduate school)