The 1st Summer school of the EU-funded network “ITaRS - Initial Training for atmospheric Remote Sensing” emphasises on aerosols by providing fundamentals of atmospheric optics and observation. At RADO site, participants can get hands-on experience for a variety of instruments (lidar, sun photometer, IR and UV spectroscopy, DOAS, microwave radiometer, sodar and in-situ sensors). Our industrial partners will demonstrate the instruments and give detailed instruction into their operation. Participants will calibrate and intercompare the different instruments and assess the atmospheric situations in terms of boundary layer dynamics, transport, pollution and cloud formation.

The Summer school is primarily for young researchers who want to improve their theoretical and practical skills of working with instruments. The campaign will be done in small groups, each under the supervision of an ITaRS expert. In addition, the school provides the opportunity for participants to expand their network in atmospheric sciences.


  • Athanasios Nenes (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Tammy M. Weckwerth (National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA)
  • Carla Cardinali (ECMWF, UK)
  • Detlef Müller (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
  • Domenico Cimini (IMAA CNR, Italy)
  • Volker Freudenthaler (LMU München, Germany)
  • Doina Nicolae, Anca Nemuc, Livio Belegante, Jeni Vasilescu (INOE, Romania)
  • ...and the ITaRS partners Susanne Crewell, Christine Chiu, Aldo Amodeo, Christine Böckmann, Alex Papayannis, José Maria Baldasano and Herman Russchenberg 


  • Interactive Lectures (ITARS community and external experts)
  • Laboratory training (active, passive and in-situ instruments)
  • Aerosol measurement campaign (instrument operation, data processing and analysis)
  • Outreach (video production, Science Day with high-school students)
  • Personal Development (science communication & presentation skills)
  • Social: Visit of Bucharest, Sports & Activities, Barbecue Party and a trip to Dracula's castle

Apart from the ITaRS fellows the school is open for 15 PhD students and young post-docs in the field of Atmospheric Sciences. The participation fee is €600, incl. scientific and social activities, material, lunch and coffee. Please send your application (motivation letter and CV) in a single pdf-file to  by July 30th.