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Meetings and Events

NCAS, via its Centres, Institutes and Affiliated Universities, organises and contributes to a wide range of meetings and events concerned with atmospheric science, throughout the UK.

By holding regular meetings and events, NCAS engages on a regular basis with its key stakeholders: the academic community; operational agencies, namely the Met Office and the Environment Agency; Government departments eg the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI); the Research Councils, the general public, the media and commercial organisations.

Peter J. Lamb Symposium - Helping Africa to Help Itself

This one-day symposium will honour Pete Lamb's research legacy in Africa specifically and in regional climate studies more generally. This symposium will be held on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 as part of the 96th AMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana USA (10-14 January).

The University of Oklahoma welcome abstract submissions to the symposium to share in your part of Pete's legacy. General topical areas now included on the Abstract Submission Portal are:

  • Regional Climate Variability on Intraseasonal-to-Multidecadal Time Scales
  • The Impact of Teleconnections on African Climate Variability
  • Impacts and Adaptation: Communicating and Translating New Interdisciplinary Knowledge into Actionable Information and Tools
  • Creating Societally Important Climate Indices
  • The Continuing Legacy - Lessons Learned and Future Avenues of Predictability, Outreach, and Capacity Development: AMMA and Beyond
  • Retrospective Thoughts on Pete Lamb's Research and Extension Legacy in Africa

However, all abstracts on related topics will be considered. There will be four oral presentation sessions throughout the day, one afternoon poster session, and a luncheon is tentatively scheduled.

Please click here for the call for papers.

The tentative deadline for abstract submission is Monday 3 August 2015. A very limited amount of funding has been set aside by AMS to waive abstract fees for those who are in need, and in an extreme case or two waiver of the registration fee may be possible.

Please click here to visit the Abstract Submission Portal.

EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)

Date: 22 -27 July 2016

Location: Manchester

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) has developed into the largest general science meeting in Europe where scientists meet scientists, policy makers, media specialists, business leaders and the wider community. The home of ESOF 2016 is Manchester, UK - the city where Marx met Engels and Rolls met Royce. Similarly ESOF 2016 will be a meeting of minds, bringing together many of the world’s foremost scientific thinkers, innovators and scholars.

2016 is a special year for science in Manchester, coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Dalton – the father of atomic theory. ESOF will be the culmination of an 18 month celebration of science in the city.

At this point, the Programme Committee is seeking session proposals to populate the science programme. Playing on Manchester’s unique history as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the overarching theme for the event has been announced as ‘science as revolution’. As such ESOF 2016 will be an opportunity to discuss the socio-cultural and economic implications and impacts of scientific revolutions from regional, national, European and global perspectives.

The call for proposals is now open until 1st June 2015. Submissions for science-based seminars, workshops and debates on the latest research and policy issues are warmly welcomed. This is an open invitation to individuals and organisations alike and it is hoped that the call will inspire the foremost thinkers and researchers from across the global scientific community to take a unique look to share with us how science and technology has the potential to transform all our lives.

Please click here to view full details.

Climate Change – Adaptation, Resilience & Risk

A Franco-British bilateral conference on climate change

UCL’s Grand Challenges programme and the French Embassy in London are pleased to invite you to the third in a series of Franco-British bilateral events being held in the run-up to the COP21 summit in Paris this December.

Date: Tuesday 2 June 2015

Venue: UCL, Cruciform Building

Time: 5pm – 7pm (followed by a drinks reception)

This public debate will address the challenges of delivering climate change adaptation measures in France and the UK, with a key-note lecture by the Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of the city’s climate plan, Célia Blauel.

A panel of senior figures in the UK and French climate change fields will debate the implications of the two countries’ climate change adaptation plans, drawing on insights resulting from a series of workshops due to take place earlier that day on the subject.

The debate will be moderated by the BBC’s Energy and Environment Analyst, Roger Harrabin.

Click here to view the programme and register.

Annual Aerosol Science Conference

Thursday 12th November 2015

University of Birmingham

The Aerosol Society’s annual conference attracts delegates from academia and industry to network and have the opportunity to hear talks from experts in the field.

The theme this year is 'Aerosol Generation and Impacts' and three leading plenary speakers are confirmed for this event;

Professor Joachim Curtius, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main:

From Clusters to Atmospheric Aerosol Particles: Nucleation and Growth in the CLOUD Experiment at CERN.

Professor Andrew Bayly, University of Leeds:

Spray dried particle structure – understanding and engineering.

Professor Hugh Coe, The University of Manchester:

Properties and impacts of biomass burning aerosol over the Amazon - the latest results from the South American Biomass Burning Analyses (SAMBBA) project.

These invited talks will be supported by additional contributed talks from members and by a poster review in the main exhibition room, where a number of industry exhibitors will be showcasing their aerosol related instruments and technology, with hands-on demonstrations during the refreshment breaks and lunch.

Call for Papers

Submission for Podium and Poster presentations are now invited

Papers concerning any aspect of Aerosol Science are invited

Abstract Submission Deadline is Friday 25th September 2015

The Aerosol Society - Fundamentals of Aerosol Science

Wednesday 11th November 2015

University of Birmingham

The course provides an opportunity for new researchers to explore aerosol science and improve their knowledge of some of the fundamental concepts.

The course will start with an introductory lecture from Professor Ian Colbeck, a long standing and founder member of the society. He will also introduce some of the fundamental mechanics governing aerosol lifetime, deposition and transport.

Subsequent lectures will explore the electrical and optical properties of aerosol, techniques for sampling and analysing aerosol and the thermodynamic and kinetic factors that govern the composition and size of aerosol particles.

In a final lecture, the science of inhalation therapy will be introduced, providing not only training for those working in drug delivery, but providing more generally an example of the way in which aerosols can be used.

For full programme details please click here.

Throughout the day, there will be regular breaks for refreshments and lunch, providing ample opportunity to meet colleagues and network.

Alongside the lectures, there will be a number of industry exhibitors who will be showcasing their aerosol related instruments and technology, with hands-on demonstrations during the refreshment breaks and lunch.

Planning For Climate Change Conference Series

Following on from the success of the Inaugural ‘Planning for Climate Change’ Conference in December 2014, on the 25th June 2015 in London at the University of London and 28th October 2015 in Dublin at Dublin Chamber of Commerce two conferences will be staged entitled 'Planning for Climate Change'. Click here for full details. 

The key focus of both days is to debate and discuss the key issues that face communities when it comes to adapting to climate change and addressing the problems and opportunities that climate change brings. On the two days there will be up to 10 speakers plus up to 100 delegates per day.

The cost to attend as a delegate and/or speaker is £300 including VAT. The reduced rate for Students and Researchers is £150 including VAT. If you cannot make either conference on the day but wish to watch proceedings, it will be available online during a live video feed / webinar session on the day which is priced at £150 including VAT.

To register as a delegate, or a speaker at either event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

RMetS / NCAS Conference 2016, High Impact Weather and Climate, Manchester

6-8 July 2016

icon RMets / NCAS Conference 2016 Call for Workshops (379.09 kB)

The Royal Meteorological Society and National Centre for Atmospheric Science are jointly hosting a 3-day conference at the University of Manchester on 6-8 July 2016. The theme of the conference is High Impact Weather and Climate and, through an integrated approach, aims to bring together academics, practitioners and industry to exchange knowledge and ideas in meteorology, climatology and related fields. The conference will focus on strategic issues relating to High Impact Weather and Climate and will include a mixture of thought provoking plenary sessions, workshops, and oral and poster sessions aiming to stimulate and foster new ideas around observing, predicting and responding to high impact weather in a changing climate.

Call for Workshops


Mathematics of the Weather Workshop 2015

21-24 September 2015

Location: Erquy, France.

Conference at le salle “Ancre des Mots” , Erquy,11 square de l’Hôtel de Ville BP 09, 22430 Erquy (see for more information).

NCAS is organising a Mathematics of the Weather Workshop to discuss current and novel mathematical and numerical research methods applied to NWP and atmospheric flow, in particular grid methods on squares, polygonal grids (Icosahedrons, cubed sphere etc), Polynomial approximations (spectral elements), vertical discretisations and cut cells. Of interest are performance tests for new numerical procedures both in play models and real life 3d models and experiments to test the adaptation of physics routines to new numerical designs. Discussion of current numerical approaches and their potential need and actual improvements planned.

For further details and registration Mathematics of the Weather Workshop 2015