ASP Colloquia

Integrating atmospheric and social approaches to improve urban air quality (AEROPOLIS)

July 15-26 2024 - Boulder, Colorado, USA
Deadline for student applications March 31, 2024

Every year, the Advanced Study Program hosts a summer colloquium designed for graduate students on subjects that represent new or rapidly developing areas of research for which good course material may not yet be available. The colloquium brings together lecturers and graduate students to NSF NCAR and generally includes about 25 student participants, and several lecturers from NSF NCAR and the community at large.


Group photo from 2023 colloquium visit to the NSF NCAR Marshall Site

Air Pollution and Urbanization

The NSF NCAR/ASP colloquium will include lectures covering a broad view on air pollution questions in relation with urban development. The program will integrate physical, chemical, social and policy aspects. It will also offer hands-on work for a detailed understanding of these issues in an interdisciplinary perspective. 

The ASP colloquium is intended to attract graduate students from various disciplines such as, Earth system sciences, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, geography, environmental justice, political sciences, social sciences, environmental management, etc. 

Expected Outcomes:

The participants to the NCAR/ASP symposium will be introduced to several international projects since many of the members of the organizing committee are the co-chairs of international projects belonging to the IGAC (International Global Atmospheric Chemistry project:, which is itself a project of Future Earth (, a global network of scientists, researchers, and innovators collaborating for a more sustainable planet. Discussions organized as World Cafés will take place during the colloquium, for a better understanding and implication of the participants in national/international activities and organizations.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Guy Brasseur, NCAR/ACOM and Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
  • Fei Chen, Hong Kong University of Science and technology, Hong Kong
  • Benjamin Crawford, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO
  • Benjamin de Foy, St Louis University, St Louis, MO
  • Langley Dewitt, IGAC office, Boulder, CO
  • Thierno Doumbia, Laboratoire d'Aerologie, Toulouse, France
  • David Fahey, NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory, Boulder, CO
  • Antony Gerber, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
  • Clairer Granier, NOAA/CSL and CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and Laboratoire d'Aerologie, Toulouse, France
  • Alex Guenther, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • Jennifer Kaiser, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • Rajesh Kumar, NCAR/RAL
  • Rani Kumar, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO
  • Forrest Lacey, NCAR/RAL
  • Brian McDonald, NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory, Boulder, CO
  • Carrie Makarewicz, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO
  • Gabriele Pfister, NCAR/ACOM
  • Laurence Rouil, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Bonn, Germany
  • Ashish Sharma, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Olga Wilhemli, NCAR/RAL
  • Yang Zhang, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Priyanka de Souza, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Cathy Liousse, Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France
  • Gregory Carmichael, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Transportation, lodging and meals will be provided to all students selected to attend.


  • To qualify, applicants should be a graduate student at the time of applying.
  • Applicants should be enrolled full-time in a masters or PhD program in Earth system or related science.
  • U.S. citizens and non-citizens are welcome to apply.

Note: Please be aware that all applicants selected to the ASP Colloquium are expected to adhere to the UCAR Code of Conduct while participating in any NSF NCAR and UCAR led activity.

UPDATE April 17th:
Applications are now being actively reviewed by the organizing committee. All applicants will be notified of their status soon. 

Proof of enrollment in a graduate program required if accepted. A fee of $150 is required to attend if selected.

The Advanced Study Program seeks to involve students from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities. 


If you have any questions about the colloquium or the application process, please contact the colloquium coordinator, click here to send them an email.