EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference 2017

First Announcement and Call for Papers

The 2017 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference will take place in Rome, Italy, from 2 to 6 October 2017. EUMETSAT will be joined in the organisation and hosting of the event by the Italian Air Force-Meteorological Service (ITAF-MET), the national provider for weather and climate services in Italy.

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 addition to the perennial cornerstone themes of weather, ocean and climate observations, the 2017 conference will offer an excellent opportunity to discuss how satellite data can support operational hydrology and water resources management. This will consider the utilisation of the precipitation, soil moisture and snow products delivered by the H-SAF, which is led by the Italian Air Force-Meteorological Service (ITAF-MET).

The conference will also look at the use of satellite data in very high-resolution numerical weather prediction (NWP) models and at the preparation for the next generation of geostationary satellites, including MTG.

Further conference topics will incorporate developments in current and future satellite programmes and instruments, marine environment monitoring as well as atmospheric composition.

The deadline for abstract submission is past.

The presenters will be notified in April, after the meeting of the Scientific Programme Committee.

The 2nd Announcement will be published in May.


Thumbnail - Conference 2017 - SessionsSession Topics at a glance:

1) Current and future satellite programmes and instruments

2) New horizons for the Indian Ocean

3) Use of data from current and future satellites in very high-resolution NWP models

4) Atmospheric composition: recent advances in satellite products and applications

5) Marine environment monitoring: recent advances in satellite products and applications

6) Satellite data in support of operational hydrology and water resources management

7) Use of satellite data in climate monitoring

8) Next generation geostationary satellites


The venue for our conference is the legendary Roman film studio Cinecittà. Founded in 1937, this is one of the largest film studios in Europe and is the birthplace of thousands of international and Italian films, including many Academy Award winners, earning it the nickname “Hollywood on the Tiber”. Today a diverse range of productions are filmed here, ranging from television dramas to music videos. Filming goes on most days, and during the conference week we will be arranging a special English-language tour of the studios and its exhibition centre.


We invite you to submit an abstract for either a verbal or a poster presentation. Posters will hang for the entire duration of the conference, with specific viewing times allowed for in the programme.

Abstract submission will be open from 1 December 2016

Submission deadline is 31 January 2017

Abstracts should be submitted in English and be no longer than one page (A4). In the case where there are several authors, we kindly ask for one coordinated response. Please note that the person who submits the abstract will automatically be identified as the presenter and point of contact for future correspondence.

Each session theme will be assigned a panel of experts, constituting the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC), whose task will be to review abstracts for inclusion in the conference programme. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified (via e-mail) in mid-April 2017, after the spring meeting of the SPC.


Abstract submission: 1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017

The Second Announcement will be available here from mid May 2017.

The early registration conference fee is EUR 300 (higher if payment is made after the initial registration deadline). Further details on registration fees, deadlines and payment will be provided in the Second Announcement.


EUMETSAT offers interesting sponsorship options. If your institution is interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact for details.


The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 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, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean. From 4 July 2016 onwards, Meteosat-8 is being relocated over the Indian Ocean where it will continue to be exploited from 2017 at 41.5°E.

EUMETSAT 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).

In addition, EUMETSAT is a partner in the cooperative high precision ocean altimetry Jason missions involving Europe and the United States (Jason-2, Jason-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6).

The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and climate change. The European Union has entrusted EUMETSAT with exploiting the four Sentinel missions (Sentinel-3, -4, -5 and -6) of the Copernicus space component dedicated to the monitoring of atmosphere, ocean and climate on its behalf. EUMETSAT will carry out these tasks in cooperation with ESA.


The Italian met service was established in 1925 under the name of “Ufficio Presagi” (Premonition Office). Prior to this, from 1910, the Vigna di Valle Military Observatory (under the Army), was tasked with duties of an experimental aerological station at their location on Bracciana lake north of Rome.

The Meteorological Service of the Italian Air Force (ITAF) was established in 1937 and was responsible for forecasts, climatology and the organisation of the observation network. During the 1940s ITAV (Inspectorate of Telecommunication and Flight Assistance) was created and the Meteorological Service was placed under it. Six Regional Centres, ten airport met offices, 26 met information points and more than 100 met stations were deployed throughout Italian territory.

In 1978 CNMCA was established in Rome and during 1992 moved to Pratica di Mare outside of the city. It represented the most important operative structure of the Italian Meteorological Service. In the meantime, the Vigna di Valle Observatory was renamed ReSMA and the CAAM (High Mountain Aeronautical Centre) was established on Mount Cimone, tasked with observing and monitoring representative parameters of the atmosphere. During the last 20 years, the Italian Air Force Meteorological Service experienced further reorganisations.

Currently, REMET (Meteorology Department) in Rome is the core structure, whose chief is also the Permanent Representative for Italy in the WMO and the Italian Head of delegation to ECMWF and EUMETSAT. CNMCA, in Pratica di Mare, is responsible for national meteorological support and COMET, also in Pratica di Mare, is involved in defence support and as MWO (Meteo Watch Office) with COAMET, located in Poggio Renatico. The regional hub for meteorological data/products delivery/acquisition is operated by CSIM (ICT Support Centre for Meteorology) in Pratica di Mare.

With the contribution of

HE Space Operations  
Kongsberg Spacetec  
SCISYS Deutschland GmbH  
Serco Services GmbH  
Thales Alenia Space  

2017 EUM Conference - Sponsors