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Call for applications- early career training on air pollution and health


August 12-14, 2024 | ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal

About the training
The Health Effects Institute (HEI), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and the Collaborative for Air Pollution and Health Effects Research—India (CAPHER-India) are organizing a training programme on methods and approaches for air pollution and health research at ICIMOD between August 12-14, 2024. The training will cover modules on air pollution monitoring, exposure assessment, epidemiology, health impact assessment, as well as grant and science writing and science communication. This workshop will bring together 15-20 early career researchers from across South Asia and a group of international and regional experts for a 3 day in-person training workshop.

The objectives of the training include:
1. Equip the participants with training on various approaches of exposure assessment and health assessments for design of epidemiological studies.
2. Equip the participants with skills necessary to efficiently make use of local air quality data for conducting health impact assessment.
3. Provide training on accessing funding, drafting proposals, conducting research, and effectively communicating findings.
4. Establish a network of early career researchers across South Asia.

The organizing committee includes:
· Kalpana Balakrishnan, Sri Ramachandra Institute for Higher Education and Research, India
· Ajay Pillarisetti, University of California Berkeley, USA
· Om P. Kurmi, Coventry University, UK
· Bertrand Bessagnet, ICIMOD, Nepal
· Pallavi Pant and Abinaya Sekar, Health Effects Institute, USA

Early career researchers based in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are eligible to apply for this program. The applicant should have a master’s degree or PhD in environment and a basic understanding of air pollution, air quality monitoring and epidemiology with minimum of two years research experience and at least one publication. The selected participants will be requested to bring their own laptops to run the exercises during the training program. The organizing committee will review all applications and between 15-20 applicants will be invited to participate.

For participants selected for this training program, the host organizations will cover all the cost in terms of course materials, local and international travel, meals and accommodation including visa fee. Note that 3-5 small research grants will be available for the participants of this program through a competitive selection process after the workshop.

The training course will be at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) or in a nearby hotel in the outskirts of Kathmandu.

Application process
Interested and eligible candidates from South Asia region are requested to submit their application online here and upload the following documents.
· Cover Letter - A one-page cover letter indicating your research interests, and what you expect to learn from this training programme.
· A brief CV - Professional responsibilities/ activities (include current job and institutional details); educational qualifications (highest degree/institution); one or two most important research publications (if any); and current teaching responsibilities (if relevant).
· Research Abstract – A 400-word research abstract explaining the project you are currently working on or the topic you would like to research.

Please submit your application by 11:59 PM IST, Friday, July 05, 2024 through this form. For any questions regarding the application form or the workshop, please contact Dr. Abinaya Sekar (asekar[at]healtheffects[dot]org) in copy to Ms. Deanna Sherpa (deanna[dot]sherpa[at]icimod[dot]org).

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