Using ECMWF's Forecasts (UEF2020)

ECMWF | Reading | 1-4 June 2020


COVID-19 (coronavirus) update

17 March 2020

As the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve we understand you will have questions about its impact on ECMWF events. At this stage, no events have been cancelled and we hope all scheduled events will take place as planned.

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A forum to discuss the use and performance of ECMWF's forecasts and related products

“Using ECMWF’s Forecasts” provides a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences on the use of ECMWF data and products. It is open to all ECMWF forecast users around the world and provides an opportunity to give feedback to ECMWF on forecast performance and on the range of available products, and to learn about recent developments of ECMWF’s forecasting system.

2020 theme: “Keeping users at the heart of operations"

ECMWF was created over four decades ago with the goal of improving global numerical weather predictions to support its Member and Co-operating States, as well as the broader meteorological communities. ECMWF now provides its users around the world with predictions for days, weeks and seasons ahead at a level of accuracy and reliability second to none. The Centre owes this leading position to a combination of collaborative principles, top-level professionals, powerful HPC capacities and a strong user focus.

During this year’s meeting we will explore how end-user needs feed into the operational activities of weather and environmental information providers to deliver added value outputs. We will be looking at ECMWF processes and how they transform research, technical development and data inputs into desired products or services for its data users in Member and Co-operating states and around the world.

Keeping users at the heart of operations relies on maintaining a 2-way communication between users and data providers. Effective channels to collect feedback and advice are therefore essential to establish such a dialogue. Moreover, the 2-way communication ensures that innovation is relevant and its benefits are passed to users in order to support their ability to provide more accurate environment, weather, water and climate actionable information. Examples of this are research to operations processes that transition from a planning, development and testing phase to implementation and evaluation. The corresponding operations to research process provides feedback on performance and evolving user needs, helping to focus research efforts.

The UEF will offer an opportunity for participants to showcase their activities and responses to users’ needs. The meeting will also provide a framework where participants can share their experiences with ECMWF data and provide feedback on ECMWF products.

UEF2020 will focus on the following thematic areas:

  • Research to Operations or Operation to Research: Submissions to this thematic area will provide insights into the processes used to transition from research and development to operational activities and from operations to research.
  • Novel products and services: contributions are invited on novel products and services including a description on how user needs guided their development.
  • Integrating new products in established processes: submissions to this thematic area will be describing ways in which novel earth system products are integrated in daily routines/procedures.
  • User focused planning: contributions are invited on strategies for inclusion of user needs in planning.


The event will start on Monday lunchtime and finish on Thursday lunchtime.

The programme will contain informative talks by participants and ECMWF staff, keynote addresses on specific topics to stimulate discussion and interactive sessions to encourage networking.

Monday 1 June, lunchtime UEF2020 opens
Tuesday 2 June, afternoon Posters and drinks reception
Wednesday 3 June, evening UEF dinner
Thursday 4 June, lunchtime UEF2020 closes

Important dates

15 January 2020 Registration and abstract submission opens
15 March 2020 Abstract submission deadline
29 March 2020 Submission acceptance notification
15 April 2020 Registration deadline

Registration and abstract submission

Registration is now open. The deadline to register is 15 April 2020.

The maximum number of participants is set at 100; priority will be given to those who submit an abstract. The deadline to submit an abstract is 15 March 2020.

We are seeking submissions in the following formats:

Poster: posters should be standard A0 portrait orientation; 841mm (width) x 1189mm (height). Please do not exceed these measurements. Viewing time and details on setting up and taking down posters will be advised before the meeting.

Standard presentation: oral presentations will be allocated 20 minutes, with a further 5 minutes for questions. Speakers should make their presentation available in advance.

Workshop: this type of submission can include large group, break-out, or panel discussions and will be allocated 60 minutes