News from the Department of Meteorology

SMPCS and SAGES hosts the INQUA Early Career Researcher Conference and Summer School 2016

INQUA Sept 2016

This year the internationally renowned INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Science) Early Career Researcher conference will be hosted at the University of Reading. This is a unique opportunity for the University to host such important event and highlight the excellence in research and teaching.

The event, held during the week of 5-9 September, is the culmination of hard work and dedication over the past year by a devoted committee led by Macarena Cárdenas (SAGES), including other post-doctoral researchers and PhDs and senior members of staff of the School of Mathematical, Physical, Computational Sciences and the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (SAGES), including Joy Singarayer, Ted Shepherd, Robin Smith, and Sandy Harrison.

The event theme, “Using observations and modelling to understand past climate changes”, focuses on bringing together the palaeoecological and climate modelling communities to encourage multidisciplinary science. This time the committee also added a teaching component to the conference as well as fun activities as a field work and lab visits.

This event is sponsored by INQUA, Quaternary Research Association (QRA), the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and the School of Mathematical, Physical, and Computational Sciences of the University of Reading.

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Exploiting Open Data - three-day MELODIES event in Brussels, 11-13 October 2016

The MELODIES project utilises many open data streams (including earth observation data) to develop new environmental services in different sectors. The project comes to an end in October and a free three-day event is being held in Brussels on the theme of “Exploiting Open Data”.

Each day of the event has a different theme, as described below, so you may choose to only attend part of the event, depending on your interests.

Plase note that the deadline for registration is 9 September – you are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment!


MELODIES conference

Event Schedule

Day 1 (pm only), Tuesday 11 October 2016
Liberating Open Data

Keynote speeches and panel discussion from industry experts on topics such as overcoming the challenges posed by Open Data for business, research and government, and the lessons have been learned by the MELODIES project.

Day 2 (all day), Wednesday 12 October
Open Data Services

Examples of using European Open Data to generate services in both the commercial and academic world. Presentations and demonstrations of applications, servicestools and platform developed in the MELODIES project.

Day 3 (all day), Thursday 13 October
Open Data Tools

An in-depth look at the cloud platform and some of the open-source tools developed in the MELODIES project for working with open and linked data, including talks and hands-on tutorials.


Professor Ted Shepherd has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society

Professor Ted Shepherd29 April 2016
The Department of Meteorology and the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences are delighted to announce that Professor Ted Shepherd has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS).

Ted Shepherd is a dynamical meteorologist whose interests range from theoretical geophysical fluid dynamics to climate modelling and data analysis, with a focus on atmospheric circulation. This span from fundamentals to applications has been a hallmark of his research.

Ted worked at the University of Toronto from 1988-2012, where he made pioneering contributions to the Hamiltonian description of atmospheric dynamics while initiating and leading the Canadian national climate modelling effort focussed on ozone-climate coupling. He made several pivotal contributions to the understanding of the role of climate variability and change in interpreting the observed ozone record and in predicting future ozone recovery. Since moving to the University of Reading in 2012, Ted has highlighted the important role of atmospheric circulation in climate change, which has implications for regional adaptation and societal risk.

Ted has held leadership roles in scientific assessments of both climate (IPCC) and stratospheric ozone (WMO/UNEP), and in the World Climate Research Programme, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Geophysical Union.

We offer our warmest congratulations to Professor Ted Shepherd, FRS!


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