IEA chosen for the European Centre for Medium-Range Forecasts’ training survey

News, February 2019

By Sally Stevens

The Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) has won a contract to support the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in reviewing its training activities.

ECMWF is a world-leading European forecast centre, both a research institute and operational service.

Reviewing learner requirements on data, software and meteorology

ECMWF provides a wealth of training, transferring the specialist knowledge held by experts within the organisation, to professionals of Member and Co-operating States. The courses provide training on ECMWF-specific aspects of meteorology or the underlying software and packages to organise data and run computing systems. Having provided a range of courses over many years, with iterations and evaluations, this study will take a step back and review the current needs of learners.

What will the IEA do?

The IEA is developing a survey, in conjunction with ECMWF and the University of Leeds. It will be disseminated to former course delegates, training managers in Member and Co-operating States, National Meteorological Services training schools and a sample of universities and research organisations across Europe. IEA Training Manager, Vicky Lucas said: “The survey will determine current and emerging training needs, also exploring training delivery methods enabled by current technologies.  The aim is to optimise the training delivery.”

The survey will be disseminated later this month with the full analysis complete before summer 2019.

Meeting training users face-to-face

After meeting with ECMWF in January, the survey is in development. The main face-to-face training period for ECMWF is January to March, so last week Vicky took the opportunity to meet delegates on a software course to inform the survey questions.  As ECMWF training delivery moves on to the interpretation of ECMWF products, aimed at forecasting or research staff regularly using the operational products, we are visiting again to have in-person conversations with delegates to gather ideas on how to fine-tune future training.

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To contribute to the survey, please email

ECMWF headquarters
The headquarters of ECMWF (the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) in Reading.
Vicky Lucas, Training Manager at the IEA
Vicky Lucas, Training Manager at the IEA