EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference 2020

First Announcement and Call for Papers EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference 2020
28 September - 2 October 2020 in Würzburg, Germany

The 2020 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference will take place in Würzburg, Germany, from 28 September to 2 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.

EUMETSAT has organised a meteorological satellite conference every year for over thirty years. During that time, the 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 2020 conference will discuss such topics as status of meteorological satellite systems and future evolutions, the use of satellite data in nowcasting and short-range NWP, the impact of satellite data in global NWP (joint session with ECMWF), climate, oceanography and greenhouse gases. A particular emphasis will be placed on transitioning towards the next-generation MTG and EPS-SG programmes.

The deadline for abstract submission is past.

Authors will be notified in April.
The 2nd Announcement will be published on this page mid-May.

Guide to session topics

  1. Status of meteorological satellite systems and future evolutions
  2. Moving towards MTG and EPS-SG
  3. Responding to new demands in data services
  4. Impact of satellite data in global NWP (joint with ECMWF)
  5. Use of satellite data in nowcasting and short-range NWP
  6. Climate data and applications
  7. Marine applications and oceanography
  8. Atmospheric composition including greenhouse gases


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. No visit to Würzburg is complete without seeing the Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, which will host one of our networking events.

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 1 December 2019
Submission deadline is 31 January 2020

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 2020, after the SPC meeting.


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.

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-8 over the Indian Ocean. EUMETSAT also operates three 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.

About Deutscher Wetterdienst

The DWD, founded in 1952, is the national meteorological service of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its core task is providing services for the protection of life and property in the form of weather and climate information. Established as an executive agency of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the DWD provides meteorological information to ensure the safety of aviation and maritime shipping, traffic routes and vital infrastructures, in particular those needed for energy supply and communication systems. It also issues warnings of meteorological events that could become a danger to public safety and order and have a high potential to cause damage.

Reliable high-quality measurements and observations are essential for weather forecasting, and for the climate and environmental services of DWD. Satellite measurements, with good coverage worldwide and high temporal repeat cycles are a key ingredient of all operationally used observations.

DWD develops and runs a suite of complex numerical prediction models on its supercomputer system. There are numerical models for global and regional weather prediction, as well as special applications like sea state and the dispersion of radioactive particles, volcanic ash and mineral dust.

DWD is involved in activities of the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs). It leads the Climate Monitoring SAF (CM SAF) on behalf of the EUMETSAT Member States and is a member of the Numerical Weather Prediction SAF (NWP SAF) and the Atmospheric Composition SAF (AC SAF).
In addition, DWD is also becoming increasingly involved in the implementation of operational services in the context of the EU Copernicus programme.

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