All ECMWF events until the end of 2020 are now planned as remote events.

We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and hope that 2021 events will go ahead as planned. However, if the situation has not improved sufficiently to guarantee safe travel and a safe meeting environment, we will endeavour to hold the events online. We will keep all registered attendees and abstract submitters informed.

ECMWF has an extensive education and training programme to assist Member States and Co-operating States in the training of scientists in numerical weather forecasting, and in making use of the ECMWF forecast products.


Our advanced training courses in numerical weather prediction (NWP) will give participants an understanding of the underpinning science as well as current research developments. These courses are aimed at scientists working with NWP systems.

The "Use and interpretation of ECMWF products" courses focus on the operational aspects of the ECMWF forecasting system. Their aim is to increase the participant's ability to examine and assess ECMWF output products. It is directed towards those who are (or will be) using ECMWF products either directly as forecasting staff or in research and development work.

Applications for 2020 courses closed 15 November 2019

Course title Course dates

Use and interpretation of ECMWF products
(for trainers and training champions)

27-30 January 2020

Data assimilation

24-28 February 2020

EUMETSAT/ECMWF NWP-SAF satellite data assimilation* (virtual course)

2-6 March 2020

Advanced numerical methods for earth system modelling (virtual course)

9-13 March 2020

Cancelled and to be rescheduled: A hands-on introduction to Numerical Weather Prediction Models: Understanding and Experimenting

16-20 March 2020

Predictability and ensemble forecast systems (virtual course)

23-27 March 2020

Parametrization of subgrid physical processes (virtual course)

30 March - 3 April 2020

Online training: Data manipulation and visualisation - Processing and visualising ECMWF ensemble data

12 May 2020

Online training: Data manipulation and visualisation - Interactive analysis of ECMWF data

14 May 2020

Use and interpretation of ECMWF products (virtual course)

5-8 October 2020

* This course has no course fee.


ECMWF training courses are free to anyone working/studying in a country that is one of our Member States and Co-operating States (MS/CS).

Applicants from International Organisations and non-Member and Co-operating States of ECMWF (non-MS/CS) may apply to attend any of the training courses; for these applicants a course fee is payable. Applicants must specify on the application form which institution will be responsible for paying the fees and provide invoicing details.

Priority is given to Member and Co-operating State applications.

WMO Fellowship scheme

ECMWF and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have developed a scheme under which the Centre regularly hosts forecasters from developing countries for a number of months. The scheme is part of the WMO Fellowship Programme, which was set up after the WMO identified a need for specialised training placements to develop capacity in least developed and developing countries.

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