The 2016 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference will take place in EUMETSAT’s home town of Darmstadt in Germany from 26 to 30 September 2016. This is particularly fitting as 2016 sees the 30th anniversary of EUMETSAT’s establishment in 1986.

In Germany, Darmstadt holds the official title "City of Science" and is also known as the “City of Weather, Space and Science”, as it is a major centre of scientific institutions, universities and high technology companies and the home town of EUMETSAT and the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) of ESA.

The EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference is a forum that brings together meteorologists, scientists and researchers from around the world to share their experience and knowledge during plenary, poster and workshop sessions. In 2016, the conference will discuss advances in nowcasting and short-range numerical weather prediction (“limited area modelling”), marine meteorology and oceanography, amongst other topics and have a special session on the Arctic challenge.

The performances of short-range weather forecasting systems of the National Meteorological Services need to continue to improve to fulfil the increasing demand for accurate nowcasting services and to deliver timely warnings that help save lives and reduce losses to property and infrastructure.  Indeed, these requirements are further growing due to our increasingly weather-sensitive global economy and vulnerable society. In response, new generation geostationary satellites such as Meteosat Third Generation will deliver even more diverse, accurate and timely observations from space which can be fed into short-range numerical weather prediction models and provide forecasters with critical inputs to their challenging tasks.

As the needs of the users of weather services continue to grow, they are now beginning to encompass “environmental” prediction of air quality and ocean and climate services. The role and use of satellite observations in these areas will be topics addressed at the conference.

The session on the Arctic challenge acknowledges the growing interest in the Arctic region and its critical importance for short, medium and extended range forecasting in our changing climate. It will discuss progress made in improved weather and environmental prediction services for this region.


The authors will be notified in April

The registration website will open in May


guide to session topics

1. Current and future satellite programmes and instruments

2. Use of satellite data for nowcasting and short-range NWP

3. The Arctic challenge

4. Marine meteorology and oceanography

5. The role of satellite data records in climate services

6. Space based atmospheric composition measurements: forecasting air quality


Conference dates

26-30 September 2016 (Monday to Friday)

Registration deadlines and fees

Registrations submitted by 26 June 2016: early registration fee of €280

Registrations submitted by 4 September 2016: standard registration fee of €330

Registrations submitted after 4 September 2016 and on-site: late registration fee of €400

Student rate until 4 September 2016: €150

Student rate after 4 September 2016 and on-site: €250

Conference dinner participation per person (participant and accompanying): €50

The registration website will open in May.


The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 European Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and one Cooperating State (Serbia).

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-8, -9 and -10 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean. It also operates two Metop polar orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

EUMETSAT is also a partner in the Jason ocean altimetry missions, exploited jointly with NOAA, NASA and CNES.

From 2016 onwards, EUMETSAT will exploit the Copernicus Sentinel-3 marine mission, in cooperation with ESA and on behalf of the EU, and deliver data services to the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and its users.

The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites make a significant contribution to weather forecasting and to the monitoring of the global climate.

With the contribution of

Airbus Defence & Space  
HE Space Operations  
Kongsberg Spacetec  
Serco Services GmbH  

2016 EUM Conference - Sponsors