Organised by: Department of Physics, University of Oxford, UK

Venue: ECMWF, Reading, UK.

10 - 12th June 2015.


OpenIFS is an ECMWF project that provides an easy-to-use academic version of the IFS forecast model.

This user meeting brings together new, interested and established users of OpenIFS/IFS from Universities, National Met Services and other organisations.

Programme: Uncertainty in Numerical Weather Prediction

The theme for the workshop this year will be 'Uncertainty in NWP'.

Keynote presentations:

Prof Tim Palmer, University of Oxford/ECMWF.
Dr Roberto Buizza, Head of Predictability, ECMWF.

This meeting, unlike previous workshops, is also an opportunity to visit ECMWF and learn more about our activities.

The programme will consist of presentations, training on OpenIFS for new users, practical sessions involving running ensembles and stochastic physics with OpenIFS and the single column model. The workshop will explore the various mathematical techniques in use for generating ensembles and understanding model uncertainty. There will also be training on the Metview visualisation and analysis desktop and other ECMWF tools.

The workshop will include social events and a tour of ECMWF facilities.


The workshop will start Weds 10th at 9.30am. Registration will be from 8.30am onwards. The meeting will close latest 3pm on Friday 12th June but may finish earlier.

User meeting Programme (PDF)


The workshop is intended for those interested in or using OpenIFS and learning more about the model for ensemble modelling. 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 due to the size of the classroom at ECMWF. Early registration is recommended.

Social events

A ice-breaker reception will take place on the first evening of the meeting.

The (free) workshop dinner will be on the evening of the 11th and take place at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford from 7pm to 10pm starting with a drinks reception. Coach travel to/from Oxford will be provided.

A tour of ECMWF computer facilities is also planned.


Please note this meeting will be held at ECMWF and not at the University of Oxford.

ECMWF is located in Reading, UK, close to Heathrow Airport and west of central London.


Financial support

Support for travel to this meeting is available to UK CliMathNet members. Please contact the meeting organisers for more details.

For non-UK participants, we have a small number of awards for travel/subsistence up to ~£120. If you would like to be considered for this, please email Priority will be given to young scientists giving a presentation.

Visa / Letter of invitation

If you require a letter of invitation to this meeting, please contact as soon as possible.


Suggested  list of hotels (PDF). Prices in the document are for guidance only and we recommend comparing prices online. The Reading IBIS seems expensive during the week of the workshop and we suggest looking at the other hotels listed.

Hillingdon Prince hotel ( Between city centre & ECMWF, close to University.

Elmhurst hotel ( Close to University, more distant from city centre.

Bed & breakfast

List of B&B on

Gill Robinson - Hamilton Road, Reading. Call +44 118 926 2438 to check availability.

Francoise Richardson - Whiteknights Road, Reading. Call +44 118 926 2223, email

Also it may be possible to find rooms available during the workshop from


For further details please contact the meeting organisers:

Dr Peter Dueben, Univ. Oxford

Dr Glenn Carver, ECMWF






University of Oxford


Workshop presentations

These presentations are provided with permission of the author and should not be reproduced without their permission.
Please contact the author directly in case of any queries.

Previous OpenIFS user meetings

OpenIFS user meeting 2014
    University of Stockholm

We are grateful to the UK CliMathNet network for providing support for this meeting.

Registration & Abstract submission

Registration deadline: 14th May. 

Registration is now closed.
Changes to registration should be sent to:

Please notify us at least 2 weeks prior to the event if you are subsequently unable to attend.