The EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project organised a 3-day Early Career Event in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). The workshop took place directly after the APPLICATE General Assembly at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK, from January 30 to February 1, 2019.
The workshop was arranged for early career researchers from ECMWF and other APPLICATE partners to train transferable skills, to build expertise in Arctic weather and climate prediction, and to help building and maintaining a community of Arctic experts.
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 states. ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating global numerical weather predictions to its member states since 1975, and hosts one of Europe's largest supercomputer facilities.
APPLICATE and ECMWF early career scientists gathered at ECMWF.
The workshop was designed to help the early career researchers to get in touch with colleagues across the different APPLICATE work packages and ECMWF early career scientists to develop their professional network, and to practice presentation skills. Senior APPLICATE and ECMWF researchers gave interactive presentations and helped enhancing transferable skill development. The sessions covered improving scientific writing, an introduction to project management, achieving co-production and stakeholder engagement, the relevance of computing for advancing science, challenges for weather forecasts in the Arctic, as well as introduction to the Copernicus Climate Change Services and the Climate Data Store. The diverse research topics of the students and the mix of themes raised awareness of how to communicate with researchers from different backgrounds and stakeholders.
Presentation of APPLICATE and ECMWF early career and senior scientists got mixed with various interactive sessions during the workshop.
We thank all speakers and ECMWF for their support, kindness and generosity while hosting the Early Career Event, particularly the event managers Karen Clarke (ECMWF) and Luisa Cristini (APPLICATE) who made preparing and joining the workshop a pleasure.