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European Earth System and Climate Modelling School - E2SCMS

European Earth System and Climate Modelling School
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Jun 01, 2012 12:00 AM to Jun 11, 2012 10:00 AM (Europe/Vienna / UTC200)
Kos, Greece
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Location: Kos, Greece. 
Application deadline: February 15 2012.

The European Network for Earth System modelling (ENES) launches its first European Earth System and Climate Modelling School (E2SCMS) with support from the ISENES FP7 project ( The UK’s National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS; Reading, UK) and the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie (MPI-M; Hamburg, Germany) will lead E2SCMS, to be held on the Greek island of Kos. E2SCMS is merging two very successful schools, the NCAS Climate Modelling Summer School (http://ncasweb.leeds. and the MPI-M Earth System Modelling Schools (


Earth System and Climate Models are complex mathematical tools developed to help scientists improve understanding of the natural environment around us. These scientifically and computationally advanced models and methods allow scientists to investigate the behaviour of climate processes and phenomena on a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. These models can also help scientists to assess the impact of human activities on the Earth system through climate scenario projections. Simulation results can assist societal and economic decision-making, from public weather forecasting, to resource management and natural disaster risk analysis. 


School participants will attend a series of lectures and discussions alongside practical modelling and data processing exercises, which will include interpretation and presentation of simulation results. Attendance of international experts in Earth system and climate modelling will ensure an advanced and stimulating learning environment for participants. The course schedule, lecture list and details of participating senior scientists will become available as they are known on the E2SCMS web pages,, from January 16, 2012.


Early career scientists (advanced PhD candidates, Postdoctoral scientists and scientific programmers affiliated to European research institutions) with a strong background in mathematics, advanced computation and in the Earth system sciences are invited to apply. The competitive selection procedure will account for academic interests and excellence. Details on the application and selection process as well as on administrative aspects like travel allowances will be made available on

Applicants for the 32 seats of the school are expected to be: 

  • interested in Earth system & climate research (e.g. a field or scientific question to which configurations of the NCAS or MPI-M ESMs apply)
  • Acquainted to high level programming languages like Fortran, C, or C++ (preferably applicants have some programming experience of model codes) 
  • Familiar with LINUX / Unix (basic knowledge of Unix systems, and scripts)
  • Proficient in English as a working language

Application & Registration:

Please informally request admission by sending an e-mail with the Subject „E2SCMS“ to the IMPRS-ESM office until Wednesday, February 15, 2012. 

A complete set of application documents consists of:

  1. A Letter of Motivation presenting the scientific motivation for the application, including information concerning the applicants’ research interests & modelling skills
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (CV / Resume) including current occupation and contact information – e-mail and postal
  3. A description of the applicants modelling experience: The applicant is asked to list computing knowledge (e.g. UNIX, use of supercomputers), experience with mathematical models, and statistical and data analysis tools.
  4. A reference letter: The referee is asked to e-mail the reference letter as pdf file directly to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]; for proper file identification we ask that the applicants name is used in the file name as: NAME_reference_letter.pdf

Participants will be informed by March 30, 2012 the latest.

More detailed information will be available on the website

There are no registration fees. Travel and accommodation (partly in 2-bed rooms) expenses are to the school. 


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Registration dead line February 15, 2012

Final admission until March 30, 2012


IMPRS-ESM office: Cornelia Kampmann, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] Tel.: 040 41173 467





A pdf version of this information can be found here.

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