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General information

Programme is available:

Date and venue: 17–21st June 2019, University of Reading, UK

Organised by: University of Reading, Department of Meteorology / ECMWF

OpenIFS is an ECMWF activity that provides an portable version of the IFS forecast model for use in research and education.

This meeting brings together scientists, current and prospective users of the ECMWF OpenIFS model from universities, national meteorological services and other organisations to discuss topics on the workshop theme. The workshop will start with a training on the OpenIFS model on Monday, followed by the scientific programme from Tuesday to Friday.

The meeting is free, open to all and early career scientists are encouraged to apply. A limited amount of financial support is available for early career scientists.

Registration site:


The workshop theme is: The impact of moist processes on weather forecasts, the draft programme is available here:

The workshop will include a training on the OpenIFS model on Monday, followed by a science programme of keynote presentations from invited speakers, contributed presentations, poster and practical sessions from Tuesday to Friday. Posters will be presented on Tuesday evening and displayed throughout the workshop.

Abstracts on topics related to the workshop theme are welcome as well as on any other research or education use of IFS and OpenIFS. To attend the meeting without submitting abstract is also possible, but please note that due to classroom size, the number of participants is limited to 50.

Universities grant credit for trainings and courses. While ultimately it is up to your home institution how much credit is awarded, our workshop is advised being awarded 2 ECTS in the European system. ECMWF can give the participants a certificate at the end of the event.

Registration to the workshop is free. The programme will include social events. Refreshments during the coffee breaks and the ice breaker reception/poster session, lunches and the official workshop dinner are provided.

Invited speakers
    • Christian Grams, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany,
    • John Methven, University of Reading, UK,
    • Mark Rodwell, ECMWF, UK,
    • Victoria Sinclair, University of Helsinki, Finland,
    • Chris Thorncroft, University at Albany, USA,
    • Heini Wernli, ETH, Switzerland,
    • Keith Williams, Met Office, UK,
    • Klaus Wyser, SMHI, Sweden,
    • Nedjeljka Žagar, University of Hamburg, Germany.

The workshop is intended for those interested in or using OpenIFS and learning more about the model. We welcome new and existing users. The workshop is also a networking opportunity to meet with other international scientists interested in NWP and/or using IFS.

Please note that numbers are limited (around 50 participants) due to the size of the classroom at University of Reading. Early registration is recommended.

Social events

A joint ice-breaker reception & poster session will take place in the second evening of the meeting (Tuesday).

Financial support

A limited amount of financial support is available to cover travel and/or accommodation costs. Priority will be given to early career scientists giving a presentation. Please indicate your request for financial support in the registration form with giving the required details. Please note that the registration deadline is earlier in case of requesting support.

Visa / letter of invitation

If you require a letter of invitation to this meeting, please indicate this in the registration form (see below).

Registration & abstract submission

Deadlines for registration and submission of abstracts:

    • In case of requesting financial support: 15 March 2019
    • Final deadline for registration and/or abstract submission: 30 April 2019

Registration site:



We gratefully acknowledge support from EGU as well as funding from the ESIWACE project which has received from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 675191.

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Previous OpenIFS user meetings
OpenIFS user meeting 2017
   at International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste
OpenIFS user meeting 2015
   at ECMWF, Reading
OpenIFS user meeting 2014
   at University of Helsinki
OpenIFS user meeting 2013
   at University of Stockholm