VAO Symposium 2017

March 28th - 30th  2017 - Bozen

Register for our VAO symposium in March 2017 in Bolzano

The third Virtual Alpine Observatory (VAO) Symposium 2017 will take place on 28 - 30 March 2017 at EURAC Research in Bolzano (Italy).

The symposium provides an ideal forum for obtaining up-to-date information about the latest developments, exchanging ideas, identifying future trends, and networking with the international high altitude research community.

The special focus of the symposium will be on the following topics:

I. Atmospheric variability and trends. Focus is on research and on monitoring activities including trace gases, aerosols, radiation and meteorological parameters in the whole atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere) with respect to spatio-temporal variabilities over a wide scale. Also presented shall be services (e.g. value added information products) tailored to users' needs.

II. Alpine water supply. The capture of the water balance in Alpine regions is challenging, especially with regards to climate change. Focus shall be on impact of climate change on water balance, hydrological modelling, precipitation and extreme weather events.

III. Alpine environment: dangers and risks. Climate change creates serious impact and consequences for nature and human beings in the Alpine region. Focus is therefore e.g. on landslides, forest fires, permafrost, vegetation, tourism, environmental radioactivity and extreme events. Research and operational monitoring activities as well as services shall be presented.

IV. Environmental / high altitude medicine. Persistent pollutants, particulate matter or pollen as well as meteorological variables like temperature or humidity can have negative impact on health of human beings in the Alpine region and lead to e.g. allergies, respiratory diseases or cardiovascular diseases. Long-term studies, analyses, studies and recommendations for action shall be presented.

V. Infrastructure and technology for environmental / high altitude research
Environmental sciences and especially research in high altitudes require very specific technological solutions. Focus shall be on new sensor technologies or measurement platforms (UAVs, etc.), hard- and software infrastructures, concepts of (meta-)data storage, analysis and visualization, etc. Work in progress, open questions, and unsolved problems may be presented as well.

Date: 28 - 30 March 2017

Venue: EURAC Research,
Viale Druso 1,
I-39100 Bolzano/Bozen

Registration & Oral/Poster presentations: Registration will be possible at as from autumn 2016. Authors who wish to give an oral presentation or present a poster will be requested to indicate so when registering and have to submit an abstract.

Abstract Submission: Authors who wish to give a presentation or present a poster are requested to submit a publishable abstract (approx. ½ page + 1 figure). Please send your abstract before 19.02.2017 to Later submissions might not be considered.

I. Atmospheric variability and trends (abstract submission closed)
II. Alpine water supply
III. Alpine environment: dangers and risks
IV. Environmental / high altitude medicine
V. Infrastructure and technology for environmental / high altitude research

Abstract template and author guidelines: view Word document

Poster template: (mandatory for VAO project partners only): view PPT
(Storage platform: Dropbox. No registration for Dropbox needed)

Accommodation:Accommodation is not provided. However, you can find a list with recommended hotels in Bolzano here.

Conference Fee:

The conference fee includes catering (conference dinner on day 1, coffee breaks, lunch). Participants will get an invoice after the conference. All prices are net prices, stated in Euro, and are excluding the statutory VAT.

  • 139 € for participation on 1 day
  • 169 € for participation on 2 days
  • 199 € for participation on 3 days

On the first conference day, a Conference Dinner will be organized at EURAC research.
Date: Tuesday, 28.03.2017
Begin: 7 pm
Please inform in case you prefer vegetarian food or a special diet.