Workshop HERMOSA 2022

The project 'Harmonising Environmental Research and Monitoring of Priority Pollutants in the Svalbard Atmosphere (HERMOSA) and SIOS would like to invite you to the research workshop HERMOSA 2022.

  • When? 12-15 September 2022
  • Where? Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • Who? Researchers interested in the atmospheric aerosols, impurities and microbiology monitoring and sampling in Svalbard, or in the harmonisation of monitoring and sampling methods for those.
  • Abstract submission and registration deadline EXTENDED: 1 August 2022


NOTE: You must be logged in your account with SIOS to submit the registration. New accounts are approved by SIOS-KC during office hours (8:00-16:00 Norwegian time, Mon-Fri). Register a new account here.

Target audience

Researchers interested in the atmospheric aerosols, impurities and microbiology monitoring and sampling in Svalbard, or in the harmonisation of monitoring and sampling methods for those.

The invitation is especially valid for the members of the Ny-Ålesund Atmospheric Flagship, the researchers running and supervising atmospheric aerosol or other impurity (e.g. gaseous pollutants) and microbiology monitoring elsewhere in Svalbard, and those who propose new impurities / emerging contaminants to be added to the existing monitoring protocols.

The understanding of atmospheric impurities in this context is broad and extends from aerosols changing the atmospheric optical depth through black carbon, particulate and gaseous pollutants of both organic and inorganic character, to microbial cells and alien species in the aerial plankton.

Practical information

Costs and travel grants

The organising committee will cover the costs of conference facilities and refreshments/meals. Travel and accommodation (with breakfast) need to be paid by the participant as a rule. However, we have funding for a limited number of travel grants to active participants of the workshop, awarded to those fulfilling the following criteria:

  1. A valid contribution to the workshop (a talk on a topic directly relevant to the workshop subject and/or active participation in the field experiment on harmonising aerosol measurements).
  2. Registering for the workshop by 30 June and booking the flights and accommodation in Svalbard – an economic option - asap after finding out about the travel grant.

Please note we will accept contributions and award travel grants also before 30 June, in the order of submissions, therefore please submit early, as there is a limited number of travel grants available.


Please book accommodation in advance, as the best options may sell out quickly.

Important dates
  • 8 June 2022: Registration opens
  • 1 August 2022: Abstract submission and registration deadline
  • 13 July 2022: Deadline to book reserved hotel accommodation
  • 12-15 September 2022: Workshop
Provisional outline of programme
  • 12 September 2022: Opening of the workshop, keynote talks, setting up field experiments
  • 13 September 2022: Workshop seminar
  • 14 September 2022: Collecting field experiments
  • 15 September 2022: Conclusion and closure

Keynote speakers

Radovan Krejci: Aerosol measurement SOPs (standard operation procedures), including direct aerosol measurements.

Roland Kallenborn & Krystyna Koziol: Summary from the SESS report on the harmonisation of atmospheric impurity sampling methods and monitoring across Svalbard.

Presentations from participants

Participants are encouraged to deliver presentations during the seminar, with a special interest in the atmospheric impurity monitoring activities, sampling techniques and observations results in Svalbard.

Field experiments

During the workshop field workshops are planned. They are aimed at

  • Comparison of various atmospheric impurity monitoring techniques for the same type of impurity.
  • Coordination of atmospheric impurity sampling to achieve combined protocols for two or more impurities in one setup: testing such ideas in the field.
  • Additional experiments related to the monitoring mode, e.g. the influence of elevation on the obtained results – the comparability of data obtained at various altitudes.

Participants are strongly encouraged to declare participation in the experiments early so we can coordinate best the experimental design and related logistics.

Logistical support

We can offer help with the logistics of bringing sampling equipment to Svalbard and supplying dangerous goods (gases, corrosives) which are indispensable for conducting field measurements specific to particular atmospheric impurities sampling.

The workshop is jointly organised by the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS, Norway);  Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IG PAS, Poland); Gdańsk University of Technology (Gdańsk Tech, Poland); University of Perugia (UNIPG, Italy); University of Lyon (UL, France); Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU, Norway); Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (AMU, Poland) and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NBMU). Support is given from Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS).