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International Conference On

Challenges Of Air Quality In Global Megacities(CAGMe-2020)

24-27 March, 2020



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Globally, air pollution is one of the serious environmental risk and megacities are engine of growing pollution where its exposure may lead to burden of disease. The purpose of CAGMe-2020 is to address some of the most critical air quality issues currently being faced by Mega cities. The objective is to bridge the gap in air quality science and services to provide more in-depth knowledge of its linkages with Urban Weather, Climate and Environment Services. It is envisaged that addressing these fundamental issues will lead to solution for the benefit of Human kind, economy and population at large. Conference will also be targeted towards paving the way for existing services to improve in coverage and accuracy to emerge where demand is expressed or societal gains foreseen. Linkages need to be established and consolidated to deliver the predictive capacity and build the derived suite of services. The goal is to build environmentally resilient and sustainable cities, with integrated approach and multi-hazard early warning system.


CAGMe-2020 is planned to be in two parts:
1. CAGMe-2020 OPEN conference will be only for first 3 days (24-26 March) with a single plenary session. We welcome papers on all aspects of air quality research, but with a particular emphasis on Mega cities. The format will include overview talks, 2-3 invited talks in each session, thematic panel discussions, selected oral presentation and posters.
2. The 4th day (27th March) is dedicated to specific side events and they are by invitation. These may be arranged in parallel. At present 2 events are planned: (i) APHH Science Meeting (only for APHH partners); (ii) Training Workshop (27th March) on "Air Quality and Human Health" (Green Skill Development in Youth). For the training nominations are invited only from the Academic or policy Institutions /medical fertility/NGOs, etc. Self-nomination is not accepted. For the purpose, organizations should send formal letter with nomination by e-mail at:aphh@tropmet.res.in

Conference city and Venue

Pune city is one of the cleanest city in India and during mid-January, Air Quality mainly remains in Satisfactory to moderate levels and very comfortable from weather angle. Pune is a hilly city and lies on the western margin of the Deccan plateau, at an altitude of 560 m (1,840 ft) above sea level. It is on the leeward side of the Sahyadri mountain range, which forms a barrier from the Arabian Sea. Pune is known as the cultural capital of Maharashtra State, and also as the city of intellectuals. It is one of the fastest-growing Metropolitan city and is one of the green urban areas in India. It has a population of about 4 million.

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Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology

Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan


Phone: +91-20-25904451


Scientific Theme

Themes will be related to research and development in Air quality, skill of customised air pollution forecasting systems, new observations answering critical questions, emissions inventories and source apportionment, air pollution emergencies and impact on Human health and agriculture. The inter-linkages of air quality with urban weather, climate and Environment Services will be the focus. It will also touch upon topics of emerging interest such as new air pollution low cost sensor technologies, mitigation planning, wildfires and social science.

Important Dates

Registration Deadline 23 February 2020
Abstract Submission Deadline 03 February 2020
Travel Support Deadline 27 January 2020
Conference Dates 24-26 March 2020
Training Workshop on "Air Quality and Human Health" /
APHH Science Meeting (Close Door)
27 March 2020

Important Instructions

Registration Fee

Category Indian Delegates Fee (in Rupees) Foreign Delegates Fee (In US Dollar)
Participant 2000 200
Young Scientist/Student (below 35 yrs) 1000 100
Registration fee includes registration kit, morning and evening coffee /tea and working lunch during the conference period, banquet dinner and entry to any social events.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

1. Please fill up the registration form. You need not to pay the registration fee at this stage while filling the form online. Registration fee is required to be paid only at the venue. There is no abstract submission fee for the conference.
2. Majority of the contributed papers are planned to be presented as poster for wider coverage (up all days) but a few selected paper may be schedules for oral presentation.
3. Abstract Format: First line: Title of the abstract in Capital letters; 2nd Line: Names of the authors; 3rd line: Affiliation of authors with numbers, 1 blank line and then ABSTRACT TEXT (maximum 300 words).
4. Each abstract will be evaluated based on quality, originality, and relevance to the symposium and accordingly notification about the acceptance will be given to the Submitting /Corresponding author.
5. The maximum area available per poster is width of 3 feet X height of 4 feet (portrait). Please ensure that your poster is within this size. All posters are planned to be up during the whole period of the conference.

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Oral Poster

Training Workshop (27 March) on

"Air Quality and Human Health"

(Green Skill Development in Youth)

It has been felt that a wide gap exists between research communities working in Air Quality and Health sciences. Unless both the research communities are brought together, the air pollution exposure research can not move with a rapid pace which is need of the hour. To keep this aspect in mind, it has been decided to conduct one day course where fundamental aspects of air quality research and exposure science /pulmonology, etc will be introduced so that health researchers can get benefited and extend collaboration with domain researchers. Keeping this in mind, it as been decided to get nominations from 30 candidates, preferably health researchers who wish to pursue their research carrier in air quality and health impacts for the benefit of Human kind. The lectures will be delivered by eminent experts in the field of Air Quality and Epidemiologists/ medical professional devoted their work in this area. The course will not only have theoretical lectures but will also consist of hands-on training in the given field. For the training nominations are invited only from the Academic or policy Institutions /medical fertility/NGOs, etc. Self-nomination is not accepted. For the purpose, organizations should send formal letter with nomination by e-mail at:aphh@tropmet.res.in Nominated institutions should clearly indicate the following:
(1) Why you are nominating the candidates.
(2) What benefit do you envisage from this training.


For most of the foreign country participants Indian visa is required. The foreign participants are encouraged to contact the consulates in their respective countries regarding the documentation required for visa application. We will provide an invitation letter to the participants on request. In case of any problem, participants are requested to contact aptm_admin@tropmet. res.in. To fulfill the formalities related to any foreigner visiting India, kindly fill the following proforma as soon as possible and send it to the convener by e-mail. This is the statutory requirement as per the foreign policy of India.


  1. Full Name (expanding the initials)
  2. Nationality:
  3. Date & Place of Birth:
  4. Parentage (names of the parents):
  5. Present address:
  6. Permanent address:
  7. Affiliation and Official Address:
  8. Passport Details:
    (a)Passport Number:
    (b)Date and Place of issue:
  9. Whether previously in India, if so dates & place:
  10. Occupation:
  11. Purpose of visit:
  12. Expected duration of stay (pls. mention dates):
  13. Places in India likely to be visited:
  14. Name of the Indian Mission abroad at which the foreigner will apply for visa authorization:
  15. Source of funding and terms/ conditions of funding / appointment:
  16. Whether accompanied by spouse/ dependents, and if, full personal particulars (point nos. 1 to 15):
  17. Passport size photograph:




How to reach Pune is not at all a difficult task. If you are planning to reach Pune by air then the city itself host a domestic airport that connects the city with all the major cities in India. The Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, is the closest international airport that connects to Pune indirectly to major international cities. But flight connectivity from Mumbai to Pune is poor. Alternatively one can opt for Delhi international airport and Pune is well connected by air from Delhi. There are regular flights from Mumbai and Delhi and other international cities like London, New York, Paris, Sydney and more. If you need faster taxi transport from Mumbai International airport to Pune directly to your hotel, either contact Hotel directly or write to us and we will arrange the paid AC-Car transport (cost ~US$65).


Pune is well connected to several other places in India by Indian railways. Train tickets can be booked at this site


Remember to carry your ID card while traveling


Pune is well connected by buses. Public and private buses operate between Pune and other cities within the state and neighbouring states. Bus terminals are mostly within the distance of 2 – 8 km from the IITM. More details are available on



There are taxi services (including OLA, Uber etc.) available from Pune airport/Railway stations/Bus Terminals.
The registration fee to the CAGMe-2020 includes all transportation from the Hostels/Hotels/GH to the Venue and back using hired bus services, as well as transportation to/from the banquet location.

Hotels in Pune

Luxury Hotels (4 to 5-Star)

There are large numbers of hotels in Pune of all cost range. Many 5 star hotels are available in Pune but organisers are proposing the following selected hotels which are quite near to venue and pick-up can be arranged. These hotel tariff ranges from US$ 70 to 200 depending upon when you book them. If you book in much advance then it may cost quite less. Delegates are requested to directly contact the hotel and book in any of the popular website or directly from hotel online.

JW Marriott Hotel


Pride Hotel

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Sayaji Hotel

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Budget Hotels

These are meant for those delegates who wish to have low budget hotels and not particular about star accommodation:

Hotel Centro


The E square Hotel

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Deccan Rendezvous

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Technical Programme

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Convener, CAGMe-2020

E-mail : aptm_admin@tropmet.res.in
Phone : +91-20-25904451
Address: SAFAR - Division,
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan,
PUNE -411 008 INDIA

Creative Speakers



Dr. M. Rajeevan

Secretary, Goverment of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi

Prof. (Dr.) Ravi S. Nanjundiah - Chairman

Director,  Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,  Pune

Prof. (Dr.) Nitin R. Karmalkar

Vice Chancellor,  Savitribai Phule University,  Pune

Prof. (Dr.) Manmohan Sarin

FASc,  FNA,  FNASc,  DST-SERB Distinguished Fellow Geosciences Division,
Physical Research Laboratory,  Ahmedabad

Prof. (Dr.) Shyam Lal

INSA-Senior Scientist,  Physical Research Laboratory,  Ahmedabad

Dr. (Mrs.) Parvinder Maini

Program Director and Advisor,  Ministry of Earth Sciences,  Govt. of India

Representative of CPCB/MoEFCC

Prof. (Dr.) Gufran Beig - Organizing Secretary

Project Director,  SAFAR,  Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,  Pune

Prof. Ravi S. Nanjundiah

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,  Pune

Prof. Ranjeet Sokhi

University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Prof. Bill Bloss

University Of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Prof. D. K. Arvind

University Of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dr. Eiko Nemitz

Center for Ecology and Hydrology, United Kingdom

Dr. Anil Namdeo

Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Dr. Rajendra Shende

TERRE Policy Center,  Pune & United Nations Environment Programme  (UNEP)

Prof. Kalpana Balakrishnan

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai

Prof. Mukesh Khare

Indian Institute of Technology,  Delhi

Prof. Bhola Gurjar

Indian Institute of Technology,  Roorkee

Prof. Shiva Nagendra

Indian Institute of Technology,  Madras

Prof. Gufran Beig - Convener

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,  Pune

Prof.  Ravi S. Nanjundiah - Chairman

Director,  Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,  Pune

Dr. B.S. Murthy

Scientist,  IITM,  Pune

Dr. Vinu Valsala

Scientist,  IITM,  Pune

Dr. Suresh W. Gosavi

Department of Environmental Science,  Savitribai phule University,  Pune

Dr. Rajendra Shende

Chairman,  TERRE Policy Center,  Pune  (Former Director, UNEP)

Dr. Suvarna S. Tikle

Event Coordinator (Scientific),  APHH,  Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,  Pune

Mr. Rajnikant Shinde

Data Resource Manager,  APHH,  Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,  Pune

Administrative Officer

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,  Pune

Accounts Officer

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,  Pune

Prof. Gufran Beig - Convener

Project Director,  IITM,  Pune