EMS Digital Dialogue: 8 September 2020

The EMS will organise a one-day online event in the week originally scheduled for the EMS Annual Meeting in Bratislava. Two sessions dedicated to highly-relevant issues and topics are planned for Tuesday, 8 September 2020.

EMS online happening: DigitalDialogue

10:00 – 11:30 Discussion on open science and open data: approach, practice, legal, tools

The concept of Open Science is at the heart of scientific activity aimed at having a more transparent, reproducible, accessible, communicated and collaborative framework. Progress is being made but there are still barriers and issues to be addressed and solved. The EMS debate will address the various arguments and constraining factors, and provide some practical examples of everyday scientific activities and their facilitating tools.

We have invited four speakers who will cover different aspects and provide diverse perspectives.

  • Wilco Hazeleger, Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, will speak on digitalization and open science in general, with emphasis on applications to environmental sciences.
  • Peter Kalverla, Research Engineer at the Netherlands eScience Center (and a former winner of the EMS Outstanding Poster Award), will present his views from a young scientist’s perspective about the issues and challenges associated with FAIR science and open coding.
  • Gerhard Adrian, elected WMO President in 2019 and Director of the German Weather Service, will speak on Open Data versus financing the global observing system and on the interests of the fast growing data industry for commercialisation of data acquisition – both topics are widely discussed on all levels of operational meteorology: national, European and on the global levels within the WMO framework.
  • Also intended is to have a speaker dealing with the specific tools that are available and the frameworks for exchanging information about the links between scholarly literature and data.

Following the presentations, there will be a discussion and Q&A session that it expected to be both lively and informative.

The presentations and discussion will be moderated by Carlo Buontempo, Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Services at ECMWF and member of the strategic EMS Committee on Meetings.

14:00 – 15:30 Scientific presentations on COVID-19 and meteorology

At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, questions were raised concerning the connections with weather (temperature and humidity) and climatic (seasonality) conditions as well as with air pollutants as carriers of the virus. The economic lock-down that followed resulted in decreased CO2-emissions; whether this will have implications for the ability to achieve the climate targets of the Paris agreement has been raised. Three or four speakers will provide some insight into the state of knowledge on these issues. There will then be a session when the audience has an opportunity to discuss these issues and ask questions.

Confirmed speaker:
  • Prof. Jan C. Semenza, Head of the Health Determinants Programme at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), will summarize some of the recent literature on seasonality and COVID-19 and then discuss other relevant work at ECDC.

The presentations and discussion will be moderated by Bert Holtslag, Professor Emeritus at Wageningen University, and incoming President of the EMS.

How to participate

Details on how to participate in the events will be published closer to the digital day. Keep watching our website and social channels.


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