Aerobiology: microbiology meets atmospheric sciences

Summer School 2017

Name of course: Aerobiology: microbiology meets atmospheric sciences

ECTS credits:

5 ECTS (no grades – only Pass or Fail)

Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course : PhD Course

Time of year: Monday 19 June – Friday 30 June 2017

Location: Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

The Department of Bioscience in collaboration with the Department of Environmental science, Department of Chemistry, Department of Engineering, and Department of public health at Aarhus University is pleased to announce the PhD summer school “Atmospheric microbiology: at the intersection of microbial ecology and atmospheric sciences” to be held at Aarhus University, June 19-30, 2017.

Primary biological aerosol particles (PBAP) have been widely recognized as a main aerosol species in the troposphere, with far-reaching implications for atmospheric chemistry and physics, biogeography, epidemiology, and meteorology. Study of PBAP relies on a combination of disciplines, which will be introduced during the summer school. The school will cover: (1) the interrelations between PBAP and the processes of cloud formation, precipitation development, as well as chemical processing in the atmosphere; (2) health and environmental effects of PBAP; (3) microbial physiology in the atmosphere and it’s relevance for microbial dispersal and biogeography. Participants will gain both theoretical and hands-on experience for studying these topics using a range of techniques and instruments. Finally, there will be opportunities to discuss the challenges facing researchers in the field.

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.

Pre-course activities
There will be some reading required in advance of the course, so that all participants will start with a basic understanding of the field.

Syllabus, tools and resources
During this summer school you will learn about:

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


  • Professor Merete Bilde (Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University)
  • Assoc. Professor Marianne Glasius (Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University)
  • Professor Torben Sigsgaard (Department of public health, Aarhus University)
  • Professor Kai Finster (Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University)
  • Assist. Professor Tina Šantl-Temkiv (Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University)
  • Dr Ulrich G Karlson (Aarhus University)
  • Assoc. Professor Jakob Löndahl (Lund University)
  • Dr. Sylvie Tesson (Lund University)
  • Dr. Niels Bohse Hendriksen (Aarhus University)
  • Dr. Maher Sahyoun (Université Blaise Pascal)
  • Dr. Ian Marshall (Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University)
  • Assoc. Professor Kasper Urup Kjeldsen (Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University)
  • Dr. Matthew Salter (Stockholm University)

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

How to apply
Applicants must register for the course before the April 17th  2017 by submitting a short biography including their work history and a description of their current research interests and how these relate to the summer school. The document should be no longer than 300 words. Send the application to

Registration fee
400 € which is inclusive of lunch and refreshments, course dinner, course materials, and the excursion.

Travel grants
We have the opportunity to offer travel grants (300 €), which can be used to cover travel expenses and housing in Aarhus. Please apply for a travel grant by sending an application to no later than April 17th and you will receive the decision by May 1st. Applications should contain: name, affiliation to a research institution, email address, supportive statement from current supervisor, and a personal statement.

With its 330,000 inhabitants, Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark, situated on a wonderful coastline of the Jutland peninsula. In 2017 Aarhus is hosting the European Capital of Culture, with the encompassing theme RETHINK and numerous events taking place throughout the year. As Aarhus will be very busy during the summer, in particular due to all the cultural activities, the hotels will be occupied and therefore we will encourage booking your rooms soon as possible.

Information and questions
You can find more information here: If you have any question concerning the course please do not hesitate to contact Tina Šantl-Temkiv (