VAO-Symposium in Grenoble, France (From 13 to 15 March 2018)

From 13 to 15 March 2018, the Virtual Alpine Observatory (VAO) will host an international symposium to present its latest findings and encourage networking activities. The symposium will be held in Grenoble, France, and will include presentations about new results from science and technology as well as about new project initiatives.

Alpine high altitude research stations contribute significantly to the monitoring, understanding, and forecasting of processes in the Earth system. Their exposed location creates almost ideal conditions for the investigation of many physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere, geosphere, cryo- and hydrosphere, as well as biosphere. The Virtual Alpine Observatory supports the research activities of European high altitude research stations by aggregating their measurements and performing joint research projects. VAO is contributing to the Alpine Convention and to EUSALP. Access to other data and to high performance computing facilities creates rare research opportunities.

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.

Scientific topics

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

  1. Atmospheric and climatic variability
    Understanding the coupling mechanisms among atmosphere, clouds and land surface and their changes in view of impact on the greenhouse effect / Understanding the impact of the Alps (mountains) on atmospheric dynamics in the middle atmosphere (10-100km height) / Understanding if there is an impact of climate change on the characteristics of cosmic radiation in the atmosphere / Monitoring and understanding of the contamination of the Alps / Impact of meteorological extremes in the Alps and surrounding regions on natural hazards
  2. Climate impact on Alpine environment, hazards and risks
    Understanding the dynamics of the Alpine vegetation in response to climate (change) / Interrelation of the environment with seismic activity
  3. Alpine water cycle
    Understanding the Alps as a water tower for the pre-Alpine regions under climate change conditions
  4. Environment and human health
    Understanding the impact of pollutants, radiation and meteorological stress on human health
  5. Improving the Infrastructure

    Improving the validation of satellite-based measurements through in-situ and remote sensing measurements / Establish a powerful IT-linkage between all observatories, high-performance computing centres and data repositories (e.g. further develop AlpEnDAC)
    There will also be three splinter meetings on the following subjects:

    • VAO cooperation opportunities with ESA
    • COST Action: preparing a common proposal
    • Horizon 2020: preparing joint EU R&D-projects
    Presentations Symposium 2018

Symposium details

Time: March 13-15, 2018

Venue: Centre Technique du Papier - The Pulp and Paper Research & Technical Centre - Domaine Universitaire - 341 rue de la Papeterie, 38610 Gières, France (PDF-Access map to the Centre Technique du Papier)

Programme 08.03.2018

List of posters

Booklet of abstracts

Poster booklet

Further Information: (contact:

Eagle Wings Expose (German)

Eagle Wings Expose (English)

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

Conference Fee: The conference fee includes daily catering (coffee breaks and lunch) as well as the first day side event. Participants will get an invoice after the conference. All prices include the statutory VAT (20%).

  • 120 € for one day attendance
  • 190 € for the full symposium

Special conference fee: Students are entitled to register at a reduced (and flat) rate of 100 € for one, two or three days.

Side event: A side event is organized at the Natural history museum of Grenoble at the end of the first conference day at no extra cost. Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018.

Contact at VAO Office

Birgit Einhellinger
Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection
Rosenkavalierplatz 2, 81925 Munich - Germany
Tel. +49 89 9214-3404
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