Hoskins@70: Meteorology - what is the forecast?

Sir Brian Hoskins

To celebrate Sir Brian Hoskins' 70th birthday, a two-day conference will be held in the Palmer Building on the University of Reading's Whiteknights Campus, in June 2015. The main content focuses around the present and future challenges in weather and climate dynamics, to foster discussion on where this branch of meteorology is heading to and to highlight the most critical aspects upon which the future of this science is grounded.


Registration for this meeting has now CLOSED.


Wednesday 17 June

13.00Welcome by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading
13.10John Methven (University of Reading)In the beginning
13.25Isaac Held (GFDL Princeton)The future of theory in Climate Science
14.10Prashant Sardeshmukh (NOAA ESRL/CERES, Boulder)Extremes and climate change: some roadblocks to detection, attribution, and projections
15.35Paul Valdes (University of Bristol)The role of storms tracks in past climate change
16.20Simon Buckle (OECD, Paris)Climate policy: COP21 and beyond
17.15Brian Hoskins (University of Reading)The Hadley Cell
18.30 for 19.00Celebratory Meal (to be booked separately) in the Meadow Suite, University of Reading

Thursday 18 June

09.00Welcome from the Head of School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Professor Simon Chandler Wilde
09.10Adrian Simmons (ECMWF)Reanalysis: looking back, in order to look forward more clearly
09.55Julia Slingo (Met Office)From global to local, from hours to decades - how seamless should weather and climate science be?
11.20Guoxiong Wu (LASG, Beijing)PV-theta perspective of the Tibetan Plateau impact on Asian summer monsoon
12.05Tim Woollings (University of Oxford)New perspectives on storm tracks, blocking and jets
14.00-17.30 Royal Meteorological Society National Meeting
14.00 Seasonal forecasting
  Franco Molteni (ECMWF) Beyond El Nino: searching for signals in seasonal predictions
  Alberto Arribas (Met Office) Cracking the formula for long-range predictions
  Panel discussion
15.30 Tea
16.00 Decadal prediction and beyond
  Tim Palmer (University of Oxford) Seamless perspective on decadal prediction
  Rowan Sutton (University of Reading) Back to the future
  Panel discussion
17.30 Meeting close

More detailed agenda


Attendance is strictly by registration only, for which there will be a small charge (£21), which will cover lunches on Wednesday and Thursday and refreshments.

The event is co-sponsored by the Royal Meteorological Society. On the afternoon of Thursday 18 June (14.00 - 17.30), there will a Royal Meteorological Society National Meeting on the theme of Seasonal and Decadal Forecasting, at the same location. Registration will cover attendance at both Hoskins@70 and the National Meeting.

Registration is now closed.

Celebratory Meal

On the Wednesday evening there will be a celebratory meal, also on the Whiteknight Campus (dress code: lounge suits). This can also be booked via the registration site, and a further additional payment will be required (£50 including some drinks). Since space is strictly limited at this meal, we encourage early booking. Professors Alan Thorpe and Ian James will give speeches at the meal.

Hoskins special collection of Quarterly Journal

To mark Hoskins@70, the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society is producing a Special Collection, price £28 (£22 for students), which will comprise reprints of selected papers of Brian's that have been published in QJ, including the famous 1985 paper on PV that has now been cited over 2000 times. Copies can be pre-ordered here and available for collection at the Hoskins@70 event, or to be posted to you. We also expect a small number of copies to be available for purchase at the event.

Book of Celebration

At Hoskins@70 we will have a "birthday book" for you to write a message to Brian. If you are unable to make the meeting, but would like to send a message for inclusion in the book, please email your message to Debbie Turner, using the subject line "CONGRATULATE BRIAN".

Further Information

More information on how to reach Whiteknights Campus is here.
The Palmer Building is Building 26 on this map.
The Meadow Suite (for the Celebratory Meal) is Building 8 on this map (entrance via the Senior Common Room Building 7).

A limited amount of car parking space will be available in Car Park 3 (P3 in square B5 on this map), on a strictly first-come first-served basis.

If you have further questions about the event please email Debbie Turner.
We are unable to help with travel or accommodation queries for the meeting.

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