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, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, geography, environmental justice, political sciences, social sciences, environmental management, etc. 

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

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.


  • 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.

Applications are now being accepted. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2024.

Please see this file for details about the application, colloquium student application example 

Proof of enrollment in a graduate program required if accepted. 

When you're ready to apply, click this link to the application site, Application Link

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.