Short Courses

Most welcome are students, PhD students and early career researchers but not only.

All the short courses and the field course take place on August 15th. The information of rooms will appear before the conference. 


Field course in karst geomorphology and hydrology of the Kohila karst region 

Oliver Koit, Early-stage Researcher, Institute of Ecology, Tallinn University, Estonia

Nearly half of Estonia’s territory is underlain by karstified Silurian and Ordovician carbonate rocks, which host extensive shallow aquifers that contribute nearly a third of the annually abstracted domestic groundwater. In Estonia, six karst regions have been delineated, the largest of which are the Pandivere Upland and Kohila karst region. The field course takes us to some of the more spectacular and characteristic karst areas in Kohila karst region. In the field, we discuss the major aspects peculiarities of karst development and hydrology, but also essential research methods.

  • Field course fee is 35€.
  • Number of participants is limited by 15.
  • The field course lasts 10:00-17:00 (approximately). 
  • All participants will meet in the lobby of Mare building (Uus-Sadama 5, Tallinn University) at 10:00. Bus leaves in front of the Mare building after that. 
  • Lunch is included. 
  • Dress according to the weather.

Key elements of scientific writing

Bjørn Kløve, Editor-in-chief Hydrology Research, Finland, Norway

As editor-in-chief of Hydrology Research he deals daily with scientific papers in different status. He has a long experience in scientific writing and supervision of early career researchers in writing. The short course focuses on principles for writing clearly and more effectively and for efficiently conveying information to a reader. Most welcome are students, PhD students and early career researchers who are in the phase of publication writing.

  • Short course fee is 25€.
  • The short course lasts 4 hours: 10:00-12:00 and will continue 13:00-15:00

Isotope Hydrology 

Nathan D. Stansell, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University, USA

Isotope hydrology uses naturally occurring stable and radioactive isotopic techniques to evaluate the origins of surface and groundwater and the processes within the atmospheric hydrologic cycle. Isotope hydrology applications are increasingly used in a range of environmental sciences to evaluate all dimensions of the hydrological cycle including eco-hydrology, water-use policy, water conservation, and determining sources of water pollution. This short course will evaluate stable-isotope methodologies that are being used in the study of the water cycle and climate change. We will review the natural variability of stable isotopes in the hydrosphere, and describe the chemical and physical basis of isotope fractionation. We will discuss how isotopes move through the hydrologic cycle from the oceans, the atmosphere, the biosphere, and the lithosphere. We will pay special attention to the application of stable isotope methods to evaluate recent and past climate changes in northern Europe.

  • Short course fee is 20€.
  • The short course lasts 3 hours: 13:00-15:00 and will continue 15:30-16:30
     

Communicating your science to the public

Arko Olesk, Lecturer in Science Communication, Tallinn University, Estonia

People outside academia rarely read academic papers. If you want your research results to have an impact in the society you need to find other ways to communicate with the public. But how to make sure that people will understand complicated issues and will engage with your science? The short workshop will introduce principles of public communication of science, including how to present your ideas in a clear and engaging way, and discusses the formats that are available for you to connect with various target groups.

  • Short course fee is 20€.
  • The short course lasts 2.5 hours: 15:30-18:00

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