Overview

Overview

 

The training school will cover the basics in aerobiology and its implications for atmospheric chemistry and physics, biogeography, epidemiology, and meteorology. Some of the main topics that will be discussed are: (1) the interrelations between bioaerosols and the processes of cloud formation, precipitation development, as well as chemical processing in the atmosphere; (2) arctic aerosols and bioaerosols (3) marine aerosols and bioaerosols (4) health and environmental effects of bioaerosols; (5) microbial physiology in the atmosphere and it’s relevance for microbial dispersal and biogeography. Participants will gain both theoretical and hands-on experience using a range of techniques and instruments. 


Audience

This course is aimed at life scientists, i.e. microbiologists, physicist, chemists, meteorologists, modellers, environmental scientists, medical students, who are interested or already working in aerobiology-related fields. The school is open to all interested students and professionals, with an emphasis on graduate students, postdocs and young scientists.


Syllabus, tools and resources

During this summer school you will learn about:

1.      Bioaerosol generation in the laboratory: SLAG, TSI atomizer, bubble tank
2.      Bioaerosol collections by diverse complementary methods: impingers, filter collectors, impactors
3.      Online analysis of (bio)aerosols in the laboratory and in the environment: Biotrak, APS, SMPS, CCNc
4.      Offline analysis of (bio)aerosols: ice nucleation assays, flow cytometry, nuclear acids extraction and qPCR

Syllabus, tools and resources During this summer school you will learn about: 1. Bioaerosol generation in the laboratory: SLAG, TSI atomizer, bubble tank 2. Bioaerosol collections by diverse complementary methods: impingers, filter collectors, impactors 3. Online analysis of (bio)aerosols in the laboratory and in the environment: Biotrak, APS, SMPS, CCNc 4. Offline analysis of (bio)aerosols: ice nucleation assays, flow cytometry, nuclear acids extraction and qPCR


Credits

5 ECTS, Aarhus University (no grades – only Pass or Fail)

Credits 5 ECTS, Aarhus University (no grades – only Pass or Fail)


Pre-course activities

There will be some reading required in advance of the course and participants will be engaged in group discussions to prepare for the hand-on activities in the second part of the course. You should expect that this will take approximately one week of your time that will be rather flexibly spread between June and August. 


Exam and assessment

Students write a scientific report based on the results of their project work.