Spring School - Ecosystems at risk - Modelling Nitrogen over Europe

Dear Colleagues,

In the scope of the FONDA Twinning Horizon Europe project, we are organizing a series of training activities on a yearly basis aimed at developing knowledge on nitrogen modelling deposition field. This Spring School is the very first event organized by the FONDA consortium at the University of Aveiro (UAVR; Coordinator) in close collaboration with the consortium partners TNO (The Netherlands) and the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB). This School will be held in the pleasant and beautiful city of Aveiro, Portugal, from 4-15 March 2023 and will be split in two parts:

A scientific program from 4-12 March which aims at teaching a comprehensive knowledge base on the reactive nitrogen budget of the atmosphere and the modelling systems used to study this budget. The school will provide the fundamental concepts of atmospheric transport and chemistry, soil-vegetation-atmosphere exchange, dry and wet deposition and how these processes depend on meteorology. Finally, the concept of Critical Loads and connected European policy will be addressed. The scientific program will consist of lectures and hands-on exercises given by European-leading experts in the nitrogen and atmospheric field.

A soft transferable skills’ training program from 13-15 March which aims to advance the professional development and widen the career perspectives of students and researchers, irrespectively of their background and area of specialization, to outperform in their professional duties and career paths. The training sessions will include the following topics: career routes, mental health, scientific publishing, CV writing, open science, data management, project management, DE&I and science innovation.

The participants will have the unique opportunity for interacting closely and exchanging ideas and experiences with the invited speakers and networking with peers in an informal and relaxed environment.

We cordially invite you to attend this stimulating event and look forward to meeting you soon in Aveiro!

The Chairs of the First School of the FONDA EU project,

Alexandra Monteiro
Sabine Banzhaf
Martijn Shaap