EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference 2024

Würzburg, Germany, 30 September - 4 October 2024

Second announcement


The 2024 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference will take place in Würzburg, Germany from 30 September to 4 October. EUMETSAT will be joined in the organisation and hosting of the event by the Deutsche Wetterdienst (DWD), the national provider for weather and climate services in Germany.

Last Updated

17 June 2024

Published on

15 September 2023

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 Earth Observation value chains for weather, climate and hydrosphere”.

Registration is now open!

To register please click here.

Interactive programme / abstract brochure

To view the interactive conference programme / abstract brochure click here.

Hotel bookings

www.wuerzburg.de/eumetsat (fixed rates)

EUMETSAT 2024 Hotels - Congress Center Würzburg 2024 (hotelmap.com) (variable rates)

We recommend that you book your hotel early, since October is a busy period for Würzburg.

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.

As several months of operations of the MTG imager will be behind us, we are seeking product evaluation and scientific assessment, as well as first-hand experiences on operational utility in several application domains (i.e. nowcasting for high impact weather). The session would consider also preliminary contribution to NWP and nowcasting applications/assessments.

We will explore the upcoming missions for operational Earth Observation (EO), such as microwave constellations, new wind measurements, and Altimetry (e.g, Sterna, Aeolus). Our interest lies in understanding the priorities of these missions and how they address various user needs. We will also delve into the preparatory and validation efforts, as well as the pre-assessment studies, encompassing both scientific and socio-economic aspects. Preparation to EUMETSAT programmes and preparatory studies for the exploitation of MWI, ICI and IRS sounder are welcome.

We aim to explore the adoption of AI and ML methods in the creation of novel algorithms and products, along with the utilization of foundation models to streamline the exploration and application of satellite data. Additionally, we are interested in experiences related to data curation, including data selection, annotation, generation, and refinement. NWP applications, with a specific focus on nowcasting and short term weather prediction, will be a priority. We also welcome presentations on Cloud based system use cases, where technical lessons learned can be shared to expedite the integration and visualization of satellite data.

The assessment of climate variability at many scales including for climate change has gained strong momentum and needs to evolve for new IPCC cycle assessment and other international initiatives, such as Early Warning for all. Climate Data Records (CDRs) - developed by applying modern data analysis methods to historical global and regional satellite data - are robust, sustainable, and scientifically sound data records that can provide trustworthy information on how, where, and to what extent the land, oceans, atmosphere and ice sheets are changing. They form an important input to manage natural resources and agriculture, support activities providing energy from renewable sources, measure environmental impacts on human health and community preparedness, and inform policy development and decision making for other sectors and interest groups. This session explores usage of satellite data in various climate application areas, new data products demonstrating value for applications, and new needs for climate data products.

Moving towards a seamless Earth-system approach has been a major advancement in weather prediction, with respect to 20 years ago. Progressively, weather forecast benefits from coupled models across different components of the Earth System (e.g., ocean–atmosphere, land–atmosphere, ocean–ice–atmosphere, atmospheric composition). So, this session aims at exploring algorithm and product developments for several of the Earth system components, considering also data assimilation aspects, and their utility in the operational context. Specifically, atmospheric composition, GHG, hydrology, coastal ocean applications would be a dedicate focus.

This session aims at highlighting case study analyses and lesson learnt. We would specifically explore data and products development for emerging services, such as wild fires, volcanic eruption, chemical compounds release, energy, flash flood rapid warnings. Assessment of their use and utility would be welcome.

Data access and cloud-based processing technologies. This session seeks to provide a snapshot of the current landscape, good practices, and future directions in the use of different data access methods and tools based on concrete use cases using satellite data, reaching from near-real time data access to full time series access, and processing including cloud-based services. Data dissemination, direct readout, online data access, data-proximate compute across multiple clouds, data streaming, serverless functions, data cubes, as well as concepts of trusted provenance are examples of technologies, solutions and methods that play a role. Platforms and services for accessing, processing and visualizing satellite data, together with data and meta-data formats and standards are relevant topics for this session. Specific use cases on cloud computing and its advantages for handling large satellite datasets and cloud storage solutions are welcome.


Operational weather forecasters attending the conference, as very important current and new data users, will be offered an opportunity to meet in two special sessions, where they would discuss first their expectations and later their experiences of the conference.

Deadlines and fees

Conference dates 

30 September – 4 October 2024 (Monday to Friday)

Registration deadlines and fees

  • Registrations submitted by 18 July 2024: early registration fee of 420 EUR
  • Registrations submitted by 31 August 2024: standard registration fee of 460 EUR
  • Registrations submitted after 31 August 2024 or on-site: late registration fee of 540 EUR
  • Student rate up to and including 31 August 2024: 210 EUR
  • Student rate after 31 August 2024 or on-site: 310 EUR

Registration and confirmation

Please note that the fee is independent of the number of days you attend the conference.

Students are asked to send a scan of their student ID card or a letter from their University on headed paper confirming their student status to @email when submitting the registration.

To register online, please go to the registration website.

You will receive an automatic email confirmation upon receipt of the completed registration form. The email will contain all registration details.

Early registration will take place on Sunday 29 September starting at 16:00 in the entrance foyer of the Congress Centre Würzburg (congress venue). It is followed by a Welcome Drink from 18:00 to 19:30. Registration will continue on Monday at 08:00 and throughout the following days.


Payments can be made via a secured online platform in Euros using standard bank cards, such as VISA or MasterCard. Late registration payments made on site may be made in cash (Euros) or bank card. To make a payment please use the link provided in the registration confirmation email.

Payments can also be made by bank transfer. Please instruct your bank to carry out the transaction “free of all bank charges for the recipient”. Any bank fees will be charged to the participant. Please indicate your name and Ref. No (reference number) on every bank transfer. You will find your Ref. No. on the automatic confirmation email you will receive after the registration process.

Registration cancellations

All cancellations and changes are to be addressed to the congress secretariat in writing (letter or email) at any stage prior to or during the event: @email

  • Cancellations received more than one month prior to the conference: 100% refund minus a EUR 50.- administration charge.
  • Cancellations received less than one month prior to the conference are not refundable.

All refunds will be processed after the conference.

Participants unable to attend may transfer their booking to another person.


The venue for our conference is the Congress Centrum Würzburg, offering modern conference facilities and generous exhibition and foyer spaces. It is located right on the banks of the Main River, and offers a pleasant view of the surrounding vineyards and the Marienburg fortress. It is also within easy walking distance of the town.

Würzburg itself is a classic and beautiful old German university town. It is known for its lively atmosphere, its mix of architecture (from medieval to baroque and rococo) and of course its wine heritage. Rolling vineyards surround the town and there are many opportunities to sample the local wines in rustic restaurants and wine cellars. 

Contacts and conference location

Contact conference secretariat

Kuoni Global Travel Services (Schweiz) AG
Elias Canetti Strasse 2
8050 Zurich
Phone : +41 58 458 65 66
E-mail: @email

Conference location

Congress Centrum Würzburg
97070 Würzburg

NOTE: Access via entrance C (Kranenkai)

Conference information

Networking events

Registration is mandatory for all networking events at the conference. For catering purposes, please indicate on the registration form which networking event you will attend and whether you will be accompanied (limited to one accompanying person). Please note that for some events we have a limited number of participants and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Practical tips for the journey

General information

Travelling to Würzburg

Things to do in Würzburg

Würzburg is a pleasant harmony of history, culture and wine. This university city and former royal seat is idyllically situated on either side of the Main River and offers a vibrant atmosphere and an endearing charm.

Würzburg is a Baroque city offering southern German flair and Franconian hospitality. Architectural masterpieces from various eras shape the cityscape. Even from afar, the two imposing towers of St. Kilian Cathedral – the fourth largest Romanesque church in Germany – point the way to the city. Würzburg's famous landmarks are the Würzburg Residence with its Court Gardens and Residence Square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Marienberg Fortress and the 180-metre-long Old Main Bridge, which is lined with impressive statues of saints. Gracefully straddling the banks of the Main River amid idyllic vineyards, the location alone is reason enough to visit Würzburg.

There are many things to do in Würzburg, a few are listed below. For a complex overview you can visit https://www.wuerzburg.de/ or https://www.germany.travel/en/cities-culture/wuerzburg.html

Among the main attractions are:

Residence Würzburg https://www.wuerzburg.de/tourismus/wuerzburg-entdecken/sehenswuerdigkeiten/residenz

Marienberg Fortress https://www.wuerzburg.de/tourismus/wuerzburg-entdecken/sehenswuerdigkeiten/festung-marienberg

Old bridge over the Main https://www.wuerzburg.de/tourismus/wuerzburg-entdecken/sehenswuerdigkeiten/alte-mainbruecke

Cathedral St. Kilian https://www.wuerzburg.de/tourismus/wuerzburg-entdecken/sehenswuerdigkeiten/dom-st-kilian-und-schoenbornkapelle

General information about Würzburg can be found from the official website Tourism | Information about the tourist offer - Tourism (wuerzburg.de)

Enjoy your conference experience!

Early Career Scientist 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 2024. The selected papers will be especially promoted during the conference.

Please note that winners of previous awards are not eligible to apply for the award again, though they remain welcome to present their papers at the conference. Previous winners attending a future conference may also be invited to participate in the Scientific Programme Committee.

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