Wednesday 6 July 2022

Science for Society

In-person meeting

The first of three Atmospheric Science Conference meetings will take place in-person on Wednesday 6 July 2022, at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester - bringing together atmospheric scientists from across the UK.

For this first meeting, we have now opened registration and the call for abstracts for poster presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 6 June at 5pm.

Agenda

Registration and Networking Breakfast

08.30am BST

Registration and Networking Breakfast Welcome Reception

09.15am BST

Welcome and Opening Address

Dr Ella Gilbert, Climate Scientist, British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

Session 1


09.30-10.30 BST
Reflections on COP26 and Looking Ahead to COP27 and Beyond
 
Room: International Suite (Ballroom)

Chair:

David Warrilow, RMetS Climate Change Advisor

Panellists: 

Melanie Hutchinson, Defra

Jennifer Allan, Cardiff University

Alyssa Gilbert, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment

Rosalind Cornforth, University of Reading

Rowan Sutton, NCAS

 

Facilitators:

Hannah Mallinson and Helen MacIntyre

COP27 is taking place in a few months in Egypt. This session will provide an opportunity to hear expert discussion on some of the key points for COP27 and beyond, as well as provide an opportunity to reflect on what has been learned since COP26, what actions have taken place, and what this means for the atmospheric science community in terms of driving forward research and development to support future COPs

Atmospheric Science in "the Private Sector"
 

Room: Park Suite

 

Chair: Alcide Zhao

Speakers:

Claire Burke, Climate X

Chris Webber, Aon Reinsurance Solutions
Alec Bennett, Biral (Pre-recorded)

 

Several short talks by atmospheric scientists from the private sector, focusing on how they made the transition from academia to private industry. They will share their experiences and have an opportunity to answer questions from the attendees. 

Atmospheric Science Benefitting Society

 

Room: Senate Room

Facilitator: Geoff Wykurz

This workshop provides you with an opportunity to offer an idea for how an atmospheric science initiative will benefit society and explore how to engage stakeholders and the wider community. This could be an aspect of your current work or a new proposal. Whether you have an initiative in mind or are intrigued to hear new ideas and support your colleagues to develop an idea, come along with your creative mind.  This workshop promises to be a stimulating interactive experience.”

Participants will work in small groups. Presenters will have just two minutes to share their idea from their current or future work. In response, the rest of the group will discuss each idea and how the wider community could help shape its direction. 

Morning Coffee Break

10.30am BST

Refreshments and Networking

Session 2

11.00-12.00 BST
Attribution of Extremes

Room: Park Suite

Chair: Beena Balan Sarojini

Speakers: 
Dr Fraser Lott, Met Office
Prof Dann Mitchell, University of Bristol

Nick Leach, University of Oxford

 

Every time there is an extreme weather event, climate scientists are asked if it is linked to Climate Change. There is clearly an increasing need for further clarity on how we attribute extremes to climate change. This session will explore what can and should be done to improve the way we can respond to questions on attribution of extremes.  

Science for Society

Room: International Suite (Ballroom)

Chair: Luke Abraham

Group 1:

Tom Faherty, Will Drysdale, Jessica Slater, Jake Vallow, Florence Brown

Group 2:

Natalie Ratcliffe, Emilia Bushrod, Rhianna Evans, Floortje van den Heuvel, Zihao Wang

A session of lightning talks based on the themes of Air Quality, and Chemistry & Aerosol. Presented by NCAS training course alumni, who during covid times have not had the opportunity to network and present in person. This session is open to all attendees of the conference, who are invited to hear and discuss a rich mixture of 4 minute presentations covering current work in atmospheric science and its contribution to society, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Atmospheric Science Benefitting Society (2)

 

Room: Senate Room

Facilitator: Geoff Wykurz

This workshop provides you with an opportunity to offer an idea for how an atmospheric science initiative will benefit society and explore how to engage stakeholders and the wider community. This could be an aspect of your current work or a new proposal. Whether you have an initiative in mind or are intrigued to hear new ideas and support your colleagues to develop an idea, come along with your creative mind.  This workshop promises to be a stimulating interactive experience.

12.00-12.30 BST


Poster Presentations

Room: International Suite (Ballroom)

View Poster Abstracts

Lunch

12.30pm BST

Lunch and Networking

Session 3

13.30-14.30 BST
Effective Communication for Atmospheric Science

 

Room: Park Suite

Facilitators:

Helen MacIntyre, UK Health Security Agency

Hannah Mallinson, Royal Meteorological Society

Harriett Richardson, NCAS

Ella Gilbert, British Antarctic Survey

Cat Scott, University of Leeds

Helen Roberts, Met Office

How we communicate our atmospheric science is becoming more important than ever. This session will provide a forum for discussion on novel ways of communicating our science with society, with a particular focus on effective examples that we can share and learn from.

Can Dynamical Models be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning?

Room: Ballroom

Facilitators:

Jesper Dramsch, ECMWF
Alcide Zhao, University of Reading

As advances are made in Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning, the question often gets raised: can this replace dynamical modelling? This session will explore this question and see what advances have already been made, and what is in the pipeline.

Atmospheric Science Benefitting Society (3)

Room: Senate Room

Facilitator: Geoff Wykurz

This workshop provides you with an opportunity to offer an idea for how an atmospheric science initiative will benefit society and explore how to engage stakeholders and the wider community. This could be an aspect of your current work or a new proposal. Whether you have an initiative in mind or are intrigued to hear new ideas and support your colleagues to develop an idea, come along with your creative mind.  This workshop promises to be a stimulating interactive experience.

Afternoon Tea Break

14.30pm BST

Refreshments and Networking

Session 4

15.00-16.00 BST
Forgotten Impacts of Climate Extremes

Room: Park Suite

Chair: Vikki Thompson

Speakers:

Eunice Lo, University of Bristol

Emily Vosper, University of Bristol

Nathanael Melia

Climate extremes such as heatwaves, droughts, or tropical cyclones, have far-reaching impacts. In this session we will think about some of these – such as storm surge contaminating aquifers, cholera cases increasing due to flooding, and how a single heatwave could eradicate an entire species. We’ll discuss how impacts could change into the future, and how climate science can help with mitigation and adaptation. 

Science for Society 

Room: International Suite (Ballroom)

 

Chair: Ioana Colfescu

Group 3:
Phoebe Noble, Amethyst Johnson, Eliza Duncan, Lorrie Jacob, Cordula Wittekind

Group 4:

MD Rabiul Awal, Mira Adhikari, Victoria Bessonova, Alexander Kurganskiy

A session of lightning talks based on the themes of Modelling & Machine Learning, and Climate Change & Climate  Science. Presented by NCAS training course alumni, who during covid times have not had the opportunity to network and present in person. This session is open to all attendees of the conference, who are invited to hear and discuss a rich mixture of 4 minute presentations covering current work in atmospheric science and its contribution to society, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Atmospheric Science Benefitting Society (4)

Room: Senate Room

Facilitator: Geoff Wykurz

This workshop provides you with an opportunity to offer an idea for how an atmospheric science initiative will benefit society and explore how to engage stakeholders and the wider community. This could be an aspect of your current work or a new proposal. Whether you have an initiative in mind or are intrigued to hear new ideas and support your colleagues to develop an idea, come along with your creative mind.  This workshop promises to be a stimulating interactive experience.

Closing Address

16.00pm BST

Closing Address

16.15pm BST

Conference Close

*Programme subject to change