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EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference 2023

Malmö, Sweden, 11-15 September 2023

First Announcement and Call for Papers

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The 2023 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference will take place in Malmö, Sweden on 11 to 15 September. EUMETSAT will be joined in the organisation and hosting of the event by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, the national provider for weather, water and climate services in Sweden.

Last Updated

20 March 2023

Published on

26 September 2022

Over the years, the EUMETSAT user conference has become a key annual event for the meteorological and scientific communities where participants from around the world can meet to share their experience and knowledge during plenary, poster and workshop sessions.

The theme of this year’s annual EUMETSAT conference is “The Evolutionary challenge for EO satellites from technology to exploitation”.

Abstract submission

The abstract submission deadline is past.

The abstracts are currently reviewed and authors will be notified by end April.


For information on our Early Career Scientists Initiative, please scroll down for further details on this initiative.

Session topics

This session aims at providing an overview of National and International Programs for Environmental Satellites. We will invite the satellite operational agencies and research institutions to present their present and future horizons for Environmental satellite programmes. At the same time, we intend to organize few high-level round tables and we are seeking for high level contributions on future scientific and technical developments that can reshape the present operational satellite market.

Several recent high-impact events have caused losses to lives, economies and the built environment. In addition, 2022 has seen record heat waves and resulting impacts all over Europe. This session aims to present products and techniques to better predict high-impact weather events at all lead times, with special focus on next-generation MTG data. We invite perspectives on all points of forecast improvement – developers, test best providers, trainers, proving grounds, and operational service providers. Case studies using novel products are equally welcome, using nowcasting, very short range weather prediction and blended techniques. We encourage all contributions to have a strong link to improving and demonstrating improvement to forecasting of severe weather events. A special plenary session will involve NMHS operations and other agencies to discuss how data management is evolving and impacting operational services.

Energy security questions have taken centre stage in the global political discourse in 2022. At the same time climate change mitigation is requiring a leap forward in the deployment of renewable energy sources. The session seeks to explore what contributions energy meteorological applications of satellite date can and should make in the context of renewable energy policy, planning, deployment and operations.

Access to cloud computing is producing a quantum leap in the capabilities and utility of satellite data. This session explores new ways to work together as a community on cloud platforms to solve scientific and operational problems. How does collaboration in the cloud enable efficient use of EO data? Exposing and employing EUMETSAT’s vast data holding in a way that's useful to users in the cloud? What role does AI/ML play? How does the cloud improve access, elasticity, focus, and collaboration?

A special session on Satellite Application Facilities and how to exploit EWC and AI/ML potential will be considered.

The assessment of climate variability at many scales including for climate change has gained strong momentum and is supporting the IPCC assessments as well as climate service bulletins and reports and research activities. This session explores usage of satellite data in various climate application areas including climate data analysis, e.g., for Earth cycles (water, energy, carbon), NWP model-based reanalysis, climate modelling, etc. Presentations defining new needs for satellite data products and new data products in this context are also welcome.

The satellite observational capabilities for atmospheric composition and greenhouse gases has grown in the last years enabling usage of data in science and applications. This will further increase with MTG and EPS-SG and the new Sentinels and CO2M missions that will provide a unique ensemble of data from multiple instrumental techniques increasing their contribution to international assessments, operational air quality applications and integrated monitoring systems. This session welcomes contributions on existing and new instruments and missions addressing atmospheric chemistry and aerosol, validation activities, satellite data analysis for air quality, climate variability and trends. Furthermore, usage of satellite data in sectorial and operational applications and integrated use of satellites, from multi-mission to data assimilation and inverse modelling, are also welcome. A special plenary session will involve NMHS operations and other agencies to discuss the evolution of met-services applications across different sectors.

Remote sensing allows monitoring crop and vegetation status and health at various spatial and temporal scales. In this context, various satellite products are available with the aim of assessing water scarcity and temperature extremes and their effects on vegetation and agricultural production. The purpose of this session is to review food security and hydrological applications, both, available and under development, and discuss how satellite products can contribute to improve the mitigation of drought impacts.

New software tools and workflows are changing the way that we use data products, accelerating the production of downstream products and visualisations, and compressing the time from observation to value. How do these trends change what EO products we use? What new opportunities are unlocked by these developments? What is today’s reality in the weather forecast rooms? What are the effects on the reach that EO-derived information can achieve? How will emerging technologies such as data-driven workflows, and Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality change the way we interact with data? How are tools shifting to accommodate the larger data volumes provided by next-generation satellites? A special plenary demonstration session will involve forecasters to showcase the use of EUMETSAT products in an operational environment.

An understanding of the processes driving ocean-atmosphere coupled system, and of their interactions with each other, is important for meteorological and climate modelling and so predicting any climate change. This session would like to invite studies of the ocean-atmosphere interface and the development of new satellite products, new uses of existing satellite observations in global and regional assimilation systems, validation of satellite products with different type of independent observations.

Advances in CubeSats and SmallSats for Observations and Measurements of the Earth System will become more and more relevant to Improve Climate Monitoring, Weather Forecasting, or Space Weather Prediction in the near future, as small sat constellation will complement the large LEO payloads. We invite papers on the next generation of small/cube sat for meteorology, climatology, air-quality and oceanography and on verification and validation of existing ones. A special plenary panel session would involve NMHS research experts to discuss the evolution of the observational system.

Abstract submissions

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

Abstract submission will be open from 11 January 2023
Submission deadline is 19 February 2023

Abstracts should be submitted in English and be no longer than one page (A4). In the event of multiple 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 2022, after the SPC meeting.

Registration fees

The early registration conference fee (in-person) is 3,800 SEK Further details on registration fees, deadlines and payment will be provided in the Second Announcement mid-May.

Early Career Scientists Initiative

EUMETSAT believes in fostering the scientists of the future, and invite applications for our early career scientist initiative. Applications are open from anyone aged 32 or younger who have up to 24 months of job experience. Eligible papers should cover any use and application of EUMETSAT satellite data along the main themes of the conference.

The Scientific Programme Committee will select five papers that receive an award, consisting of travel funding and free conference participation for the EUMETSAT conference in 2023. The selected papers will be especially promoted during the conference.

If you would like to apply for the award, please submit an abstract here.

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The conference venue is Malmömässan, a venue offering modern conference facilities, exhibition and foyer spaces. It is located in Hyllie, a suburb of Malmö, and easily accessed from Malmö by the City tunnel (train, 7 min) and a short walk from the Hyllie train station.

There are two modern hotels in Hyllie, but if you prefer to stay in Malmö, the City tunnel (train) from Triangeln takes only 3 minutes to the venue and there are several good hotels nearby in the city centre.

Many people choose Malmö as a meeting destination as it is a young, inquisitive and creative city characterised by innovative thinking. Excellent transport services, minimal distances and ultramodern conference facilities ensure smooth and easy arrangements. Meeting in Malmö also enables visitors to experience two countries in a single visit: the crossing via the famous Oeresund Bridge by fast train takes you to Copenhagen in only 30 minutes.

There are plenty of places to eat, drink or just to have a cup of coffee in Malmö; the city has in recent years acquired an international flair with Malmö College and Copenhagen so nearby.