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Second and Third IS-ENES3 virtual School on Climate Data Use for Impact Assessments

Mar 03, 2021 09:00 AM to Jun 14, 2021 11:30 AM (Europe/Vienna / UTC100)
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The aim of the School is to help researchers make better use of available climate data and knowledge, in order to produce higher quality research outputs and services. This, in turn, will help to combat and adapt to climate change. Other aims are to develop a network of researchers who can turn to each other in the future for advice and cooperation. Researchers from the IS-ENES consortium will interact directly with the participants. Through the schools, the IS-ENES consortium intends to make its knowledge available for scientists all over Europe.


The two schools will be organized as a virtual course with online sessions during six weeks combined with self-study and case studies in small groups.

The dates are the following: 

- Spring School : from the 2nd of March to the 16th of April, 2021

- Summer School : from the 19th of May to the 25th of June, 2021

Spring School

Summer School

2 & 5 March

10 & 12 March

17 & 19 March

24 & 26 March

One week Easter holiday 

7 & 9 April

14 & 16 April

19 & 21 May

26 & 28 May

2 & 4 June

9 & 11 June

16 & 18 June

23 & 25 June

The total length of the Spring School is six to seven weeks, including one week holiday in the Spring school. In the first three weeks, 2-3 hour virtual meetings with lectures will be held on Wednesday mornings and Friday mornings. Interactive lectures on climate models, data, impact modelling and climate services are provided. During the last three to four weeks participants will work on their own case study in groups of 2-3 persons. During these weeks, teachers from IS-ENES will be available for questions and help. In the week of Easter, no sessions will take place.

The target groups of this virtual School are climate scientists, Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation (VIA) researchers and people working as climate services providers. We aim to create a mix of these different disciplines so that participants will learn from each other. As a result, climate scientists will better understand what kind of outputs VIA researchers need. VIA researchers will learn how to use the products of climate science in an effective and valid way. Participants can be PhD students, Postdocs, professionals, consultants, including climate services providers. An MSc in the natural sciences is required for fruitful participation.

The programme

The programme will be similar to the one from the Autumn school that was organized in November-December 2020.

How to apply

To apply, you need to send a motivation letter and a CV explaining your relevant background to the following address judith.klostermann[a] with the mail object "IS-ENES3 Virtual school application". Your motivation letter must include the following information: name, email, telephone, country, level of proficiency in English and the stability of your internet connection. Please also indicate if you consider yourself a climate scientist, a VIA researcher (Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation) or a climate services provider. You can also indicate which of the two schools you prefer.

The application for the Summer School needs to be submitted at the latest on April 16th, 2021.

The application procedure for the Spring School is now closed.

The number of participants in the Spring School is limited to 20 persons; with this compact group we want to create a committed ‘community’ that will help each other in the course of the seven weeks of this School. This way we hope to approach the goals of a live Spring School of one week; which is now impossible due to Covid-19.

Applicants need a finished MSc in one of the natural sciences in order to guarantee fruitful participation. The working language will be English and participants need sufficient skill in this language. Since the schools will be held virtually and interaction is important, potential participants need a good internet connection. If the number of applications exceeds the maximum number of participants, participants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  •  The aim is a diversity of participants from climate science, impact research and climate services; a balanced mix of participants will be selected.
  • The IS-ENES3 project aims to involve more researchers from Eastern and Southern Europe, so applicants from these regions will be prioritized.

selection committee of four course organizers will select the participants and will let every applicant know the outcome by February 22nd, 2021 for both the Spring and Summer school. Applicants can be placed on a waiting list in case selected participants cancel their participation.

By applying, you agree that the IS-ENES3 project and its selection committee will collect your personal data according to the IS-ENES3 data privacy policy: Your data will only be used in the purpose of the organization of the IS-ENES3 Spring school. If you want to modify or erase your personal data, please send an email to judith.klostermann[a]


Summary of the IS-ENES3 project: Infrastructure for the European Network for Earth System Modelling (2019 - 2022)

IS-ENES3, a Horizon 2020 project, is the third phase of the distributed e-infrastructure of the European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES). The project fosters collaboration between 22 European climate research institutions. The community aims to develop a better understanding of past, present and future climate. IS-ENES3 projects future variability and changes of the climate through the development and sharing of model components, modelling tools and data infrastructure. The IS-ENES3 three main objectives are to:

  • Foster collaboration among the modelling groups to speed-up the development and use of models of the complex Earth’s climate system, generally named “Earth System models” (ESMs);
  • Deliver common strategies for the research infrastructure on the global climate;
  • Disseminate model data to researchers worldwide.


Biographies of the teachers

Janette Bessembinder (PhD) works at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute since 2005. She is involved in climate scenario and climate services development. In the Netherlands she has led several projects on the tailoring of climate data for users ranging from impact/adaptation researchers, companies to policy makers. She is or has been involved in the European projects EUSTACE, ROADAPT, WATCH, C3S ULS, Climateurope, PRIMAVERA and IS-ENES3, mostly as work package leader related to tailoring and dissemination.
Judith Klostermann (PhD) is a social science researcher at Wageningen Research and is working within the Climate Resilience team. She works in the domains of adaptation to climate change, coastal management and sustainability. She is involved in user engagement for the Copernicus Climate Data Store. She organized Communities of Practice in European projects URBANFLUXES and BRIDGE on urban climate change.
Sylvie Joussaume (PhD) is a senior scientist within National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. She is an expert in climate modelling at IPSL and has been involved in IPCC assessment reports since the third report.  She is chairing the scientific board of the European Network for Earth System modelling (ENES) and coordinates the FP7 infrastructure project IS-ENES, which integrates the European climate models in a common infrastructure (2009-2022).
Vladimir Djurdjevic (PhD) is an associate professor of meteorology at the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade, Serbia. He was visiting scientist at NOAA/NCEP (USA), CMCC (Italy), IST (Portugal) and ICOD (Malta). His expertise is in the field of climate modeling, climate data analysis, climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. He participates in the international initiative Med-CORDEX and he is a member of the International Planning Committee of the Pannex hydroclimate project. He is or has been involved in the European projects ORIENTGATE, DRIHM, GEO-CRADLE, ClimatEurope and IS-ENES3.
Christian Pagé (PhD) holds a "highly qualified" research engineer position at CERFACS. He has been active in research and development since 1995, covering a large spectrum of atmospheric sciences. He has been involved in many large projects. He is currently involved in improving access to large data volumes for use within the climate community. He has been involved in several European projects, notably FLYSAFE, EUDAT/EUDAT2020, IS-ENES/IS-ENES2, CLIPC, SPECS, DARE, often as a work package leader. He is also involved in the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) Compute Working Expert team, on providing data processing near the data storage for large data volumes in a federated infrastructure.
Rutger Dankers (PhD) is a physical geographer with over 15 years of experience in weather and climate impacts research. His work has focused on natural hazards and extreme events; interactions between weather, climate and society; modelling and model evaluation; and communication of risk and uncertainties. His expertise includes climate change and climate impact modelling; postprocessing of weather forecasts; analysing climate projections; processing large datasets; extreme value statistics; evaluating uncertainty; and weather and climate risk assessment. Since 2019, he works at the Climate Resilience team at Wageningen Environmental Research.
Eric Guilyardi (PhD) is a climate scientist at LOCEAN-IPSL, CNRS. He has published over 95 papers in peer-reviewed journals on topics including tropical climate variability, El Niño, ocean and climate, climate change, multi-model analysis, or state-of-the-art climate model development and has been ranked as Highly Cited scientist in 2018. Eric Guilyardi was Lead Author for IPCC AR5 and is Contributing Author for IPCC AR6. He has been involved in IS-ENES and other EU project for more than 20 years, more specifically coordinating the METAFOR and ES-DOC projects.
Tomáš Halenka (PhD) is an associate professor of meteorology at the Dept. of Atmos. Phys., Fac. of Math. and Physics, Charles University in Prague. His expertise is in the field of regional climate modeling, climate impacts, urban climate and its modeling, coupling of RCM and CTM, air quality modeling as well as vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. He was visiting scientist at Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), regular associate at the Abdus Salam ICTP in Trieste (Italy). He participates in the international initiative EuroCORDEX, he is a review editor of IPCC AR6, Ch. 3. He has been involved in the European projects ENSEMBLES, QUANTIFY, MEGAPOLI, IS-ENES3, specifically coordinating the CECILIA project.
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IS-ENES3 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824084