Course announcement: Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols

Hyytiälä, Finland, August 9-19, 2021

Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) of University of Helsinki is pleased to invite students to the 2021 Summer School ‘Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols’.

The course is worth 5 credits of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and is aimed at PhD students and advanced MSc students in atmospheric sciences. Topics that will be covered are (tentative list):

1. Atmospheric aerosols

2. Atmospheric observations of aerosol formation and growth

3. Nucleation theory and computational methods

4. Aerosol dynamics: condensation, coagulation, general dynamic equation

5. Aerosols, clouds and climate

6. Large-scale modeling of atmospheric aerosols

7. Gaseous precursors of atmospheric aerosols and their chemistry

8. Laboratory investigations of nucleation and nanoparticle growth

9. Thermodynamics of aerosol formation

11. Chemical composition of atmospheric nanoparticles and clusters

12. Air quality and climate interactions

After taking the course, students should be able to (1) summarize the current understanding of the mainaerosol dynamic and chemical processes linked to atmospheric aerosol formation, (2) write and solve equations describing these processes, (3) describe the basics of different methods used to study these processes, (4) identify the remaining open questions related to aerosol formation and growth. The course consists of lectures and exercises (groupwork). There will be a group exam at the end of the course, on 18 August. The course includes a visit to the SMEAR II station.There will also be recreational events such as sauna and swimming, as well as anexcursion.

Location: Hyytiälä Forestry Field station in Southern Finland

Time: Monday, August 9th – Thursday, August 19th, 202

Participation costs

The course fee is 1600 EUR, including transfers between Helsinki and Hyytiälä, accommodation in two-person rooms, full board (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, and evening snack) during the course, all academic program, excursions and social program during the course. For students of University of Helsinki,the full fee is covered by Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences. For students of other Finnish and Nordic Universities, part of the fee is covered.


The application period ends on 16th of June.

Apply here:

The students selected for the course will be informed by June 23.


We will follow the recommendations given by the local authorities on the special arrangements required due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The students will be informed before the course about these arrangements. Organizing partners The course is organized in collaboration with Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM-DP), Nordic ABS network, ACTRIS and Pan-EurasianExperiment (PEEX).

Further information

For further information, please see web announcement.

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