2020 National Air Quality Workshop
 27 - 30 September 2020

 Announcement and Call for Participation

 Theme:
Air Pollution and Mortality in Africa

Featuring a special
Hands-on School on Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling from Industrial Point Sources

Venue
Department of Physics, University of Ilorin, ILORIN, Nigeria

Background
The Centre for Atmospheric Research in Collaboration with the Department of Physics, University of Ilorin hereby announce and call for applications from interested individuals to participate in the 2020 National Air Quality Workshop. The workshop which will feature a special hands-on school will be held from Monday 28 - Wednesday 30 September 2020. The overall goal of the workshop is to improve the understanding of participants on global air pollution challenge and develop their capacity to identify hotspot emission sources and predict ambient concentrations of pollutants using freely available atmospheric dispersion models.

The School will offer theoretical classes and practical activities during which participants will be exposed to scientific knowledge and hands-on experience in the following areas:

  • Background knowledge on air pollution history, sources, and effects;
  • Key elements of air quality measurement and assessment;
  • Hands-on on the concept of meteorological preprocessing pollutants;
  • Hands-on session on atmospheric dispersion modelling of pollutants

Special Features
The workshop is scheduled to celebrate the exit of Professor Clement O Akoshile from active service as he clocks 70 years on 1st October. Professor Akoshile is a strong collaborator with our Centre for Atmospheric Research and has contributed immensely to the development of atmospheric science at global levels. He has, for many years, been the Scientist-in-charge of the functional AERONET  and SPARTAN stations in West Africa.

Online participation shall also be arranged for those who may not be able to physically attend the meeting

 

Who Can Apply

The school offers a highly professional and sector specific training targeted towards undergraduate and graduate students, early career researchers, air quality and environmental managers, governmental regulatory officers and non-governmental advocates for clean air who are working on finding sustainable solutions for pollution problems in urban environments. We encourage applications from individuals from different academic disciplines (natural, social and human sciences, engineering) provided their academic work and study or profession is related to the theme of the school.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should apply online at Application form and submit the following supporting documents as a single pdf file.

  1. Motivation Letter (maximum 500 words)
  2. Abstract of current research or job description (maximum 350 words)
  3. Recommendation on a Letterhead (if a student or a trainee)

Selection Criteria
Participants will be selected based on the merit of their applications. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications. Successful candidates will be offered letters of Invitation detailing the specifics of the school and other logistics.

Timelines
Monday 19th June 2020:                Application Opens
Friday    31st August 2020:             Application Closes
Monday 7th Sept 2020:                   Issuance of invitation to successful applicants
Sunday 27th September 2020:     Participants’ Arrival/Physical onsite registration starts

Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th September, 2020:

  • Registration/Opening Ceremony
  • Invited papers
  • Fundamental Lectures
  • Hands-on Sessions
  • Visit to AERONET laboratory

Thursday 1st October 2020:          Participants’ Departure

Issuance of Certificate
Participants who attended all the lectures and satisfactorily engaged in the hands-on session during the school will be issued certificates acknowledging their participation and successful completion of the training.

Enquiries
Direct all enquiries to:
Dr. O.E. Abiye   Centre for Energy Research and Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Dr. O. A. Falaiye, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Otu Jibril, Centre for Atmospheric Research, Nigeria
Email: air.quality@carnasrda,com

 

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