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Universidad EAFIT
Carrera 49 # 7 sur -50 Medellín Antioquia Colombia
Carrera 12 # 96-23, oficina 304 Bogotá Cundinamarca Colombia
(57)(4) 2619500

Workshop on Atmospheric Pollution and its impact on human health, agriculture and natural ecosystems: a mathematical modeling perspective.

September 25-27, 2017 


To bring together local, regional and international experts on subjects related to air quality and its impact on human and ecosystem health, in order to establish a knowledge network, gather the available tools to tackle the difficult problem of modelling atmospheric chemistry and transport of pollutants in rough topographies, and to identify knowledge gaps so as to contribute to a deeper understanding of the local and regional scale of the impact of air pollution, motivate research collaborations, and inform public policy. 

Main ​Topics

  • Contaminants and their impacts. 
  • Atmospheric dynamics and air quality: From regional to local.
  • Sources of data, data fussion and data assimilation.

​Invited experts

Prof. Dr. Ing. Jan Willem Erisman 

Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. CEO of the Louis Bolk Institute, The Netherlands. 

Prof. Dr. Martijn Schaap

Institute of Meteorology, Department of Earth Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Director, TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, Department of Air Quality and Climate. Utrecht, The Netherlands. 

Carlos Hoyos 

Director, Sistema de Alerta Temprana del Valle de Aburrá (SIATA; Early warning system for the Aburrá Valley) Professor, Facultad de Minas, Escuela de Geociencias y Medio Ambiente Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Medellín. 

Nestor Y. Rojas 

Associate Professor, Departamento de Ingeniería Química y Ambiental Universidad Nacional de Colombia. 

Elena Montillo 

Professor, Department of Physical Sciences Universidad EAFIT, Medellín. 

Marcos A. E. Chaparro 

National Scientific and Technical Research Council Centro de Investigaciones en Física e Ingeniería del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (CIFICEN) Buenos Aires, Argentina CONICET-UNCPBA. 

Dr. Juanita Rausch 

Freiburg University, project leader at Particle Vision GmbH. 

John F. Mejía 

Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada. 

Public schedule

Day 1 


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Panel discussion on the economic, health, ecological and agricultural impacts of atmospheric pollution.


  • Economic: Eduardo Atehortúa, Deloitte Consulting.
  • Health: Andrés Pareja, Universidad CES.
  • Ecosystem: TBA.
  • Agricultural: TBA.
Location: Auditorio Fundadores, Universidad EAFIT.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lecture: Particle analysis in air pollution studies.

Speaker: Juanita Rausch, Freiburg University.

Location: TBD.


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Working Lunch (by reservation only).

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Lecture: The LOTOS-EUROS model in air quality research.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Martijn Schaap, Freie Universität Berlin.

Location: TBD.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: The WRF model in air quality research.

Speaker: John F. Mejía, Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada.

Location: TBD.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Poster session and cocktail.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Lecture: Atmospheric transport of contaminants and its distant ecosystem impacts.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ing. Jan Willem Erisman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Location: Auditorium 27-101, Universidad EAFIT.

Day 2

Work sessions at Parque Arví. These work sessions are intended for collaborators only, but if you are interested in participating and becoming a part of the reserach team, contact Nicolás Pinel ( You must be proficient in spoken English.

Day 3

Work session with decision makers (private).

Organized by


Organizing committee

Nicolás Pinel

Chair Grupo de Investigación en Biodiversidad, Evolución y Conservación (BEC) Department of Biological Sciences, Universidad EAFIT.

O. Lucía Quintero

Grupo de Investigación en Modelado Matemático Department of Mathematical Sciences, Universidad EAFIT. 

Ángela María Rendón 

Grupo de Ingeniería y Gestión Ambiental Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Antioquia. 

Jose Fernando Duque

Grupo de Geología Ambiental e Ingeniería Sísmica Department of Earth Sciences, Universidad EAFIT.

Workshop: Air quality and its impact