International Society of Biometeorology

3rd International Workshop for Students and New Professionals


Investigating knowledge gaps and technology opportunities for sensing the health effect of weather and climate change

Workshop Information:

Dates of Workshop: December 2nd–December 7th, 2019

Location: University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Organizers: Hamed Mehdipoor (University of Twente), Jennifer Vanos (Arizona State University), Andrew Leung (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Daniel Vecellio (Texas A&M University), Britta Jänicke (City of Braunschweig: section of environmental planning and environmental data)

Submission deadline for travel fund applications: 31th July 2019

Notification about travel fund application3: 31th July 2019

Goal of Workshop:  Members of the Student and New Professionals (SNP) Group of the International Society of Biometeorology will work together to hold an interdisciplinary workshop for updating and connecting members of the Group who are studying the effect of weather and climate change on human, animal, and plant health. The overarching goal of the proposed project will be achieved through the following objectives:

  • Investigating novel sensing technologies. Participants will research, evaluate, and list novel sensors and platforms applicable to the assessment of weather and climate change on health.
  • Grouping health-related SNP and ISB members. Prior to and during the workshop, SNP members will team up in an open and collaborative way to identify and work on research problems/questions fitting emerging sensing techniques in the health and meteorology domain.
  • Disseminate the matched health sensing problems/solutions. Participants will share and extend the results of the workshop via a series of webinars that a larger number of SNP and ISB members can participate in and contribute to. We will write a review publication and report our activities for publication in the International Journal of Biometeorology and relevant media.
  • Connect with the medical sensing community. We will explore new synergies within human and animal physiological sensing.
  • Build consortia for further projects. Involved SNP members will make consortia to apply for further research grants to major support agencies (e.g., the European Union or the U.S. National Science Foundation).

We are looking for approximately 18-20 SNP team members to be part of the workshop.

Stipends are available for domestic participants (inside Europe) in the amount of €600 each, and international participants (outside Europe) in the amount of €1000 each.

Please submit a Statement of Interest (500 words or less) if you are interested in being considered as a workshop attendee, stating your level of interest and expertise in the workshop. Within the SOI, please include any background you have in sensing and evaluating the health effect of weather and climate change, your future goals in this area, why you would be a good representative of the SNP group, and how you will add to the project now and into the future.

In addition to the SOI, please include the following information within your application:

  • Your area(s) of research.
  • Do you have experience with sensing/evaluating the health effect of climate and weather change (or will you in the coming year(s))?
  • If you do not get chosen for a travel stipend, would you be able to attend from your own funding or your own University funds?

Participant Selection: Selection will be based on applicant’s strengths in contributing to the workshop and project goals and objectives, diversity in Biometeorology sub-disciplines (plant, animal, human, etc.), diversity in participants with regards to geography, ethnicity, and gender, and commitment to on-going research initiatives within the ISB SNP group.

 Work Ethic and Commitment:

Please note that in applying to this funding and in the event that you receive funding, you are committing to be on a project that begins now and extends a full year after the workshop is complete: All committed and funded members are expected to partake in the research throughout the entire period. We ask that you do not commit to the project without dedication, time, and effort on your part to complete the tasks and deliverables assigned to you in a timely manner.

Further information will be available to selected participants.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please email Hamed Mehdipoor (