Social events

The conference registration includes five social events: a tutorial, an introductory lecture, the informal icebreaker reception, a guided tour and the conference dinner. For all events, participants can purchase tickets for accompanying persons. Please be aware that a maximum number of participants are applied per social event.

Tutorial on media communication of meteorological content

The tutorial on media communication of meteorological content will take place on Sunday, 7 May 2023 at 18:00–19:00 local time.

Goal: Improving the presentation of meteorological or climatological content in weather reports and media interviews.

There is often too much to tell for not enough attention and time. For this reason, it is key to condense the available information to the most important messages that can be transported to and received by the readers, listeners and viewers. As meteorologists or other professionals from the meteorology and climate sector we need to communicate most precisely and most concisely, sometimes also nicely and entertaining, in any case understandable and in a usable way. This tutorial will present an overview of concepts for texting and oral presentation of weather reports, but also for approaches to good answers during media interviews.

Content:

  • Language-independent rules for the preparation and presentation of weather reports
  • How to best text a weather forecast for written publication and for oral presentation
  • How much facts and numbers, and how much storytelling is needed
  • How to deal with expectations
  • Dos and don’ts in serious communication of weather and climate news
  • Successful communication of severe weather warnings: formats, texting and presentation style
Target groups: Media weather presenters, forecasters at national weather services, professionals, and scientists with media contacts in the fields of meteorology and climate.

The tutorial is included in the conference fee and there is no registration deadline. Maximum number of participants: 30.

The tutor will be Alois M. Holzer, ESSL Director of Operations. Until 2022 Holzer had been a forecaster for 25 years at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) radio and online branch. He worked for many years as a lead forecaster and lastly over 3 years as head of the forecasting department. Holzer was a member of the European Meteorological Society Media Awards Select Committee from 2012 to 2016 and from 2014 to 2016 founder and chair of the EMS Media Awards Select Committee for the "Award for Achievement in Journalism". He co-chaired media meteorology sessions at several conferences and worked as a trainer at ORF in training on-the-job activities. He co-authored scientific papers on the user-friendliness and legibility of TV and radio weather reports in a joint effort with psychologists from the University of Salzburg. He conceptualized the successful severe weather warning concept of the Austrian mainstream radio station Ö3.

Introductory lecture "From showers to a derecho. A demonstration of severe storm forecasting in contrasting environments"

The introductory lecture will take place on Sunday, 7 May 2023 at 19:00–20:00 local time.

Goal: Showcasing examples of environmental atmospheric conditions and their relevance for the development of severe convective storms. Primary goal is to improve the severe weather forecasting skills of attendees. Besides that, the demonstration should also identify which tools are needed to improve the severe weather forecasting.

Content: In this demonstration, we use the ESSL Testbed displayer to look at two contrasting cases of deep, moist convection that both produced severe weather. One case will involve well-organised storms (high shear) and the other disorganised storms (low shear). Using these cases, we discuss the main forecasting and nowcasting issues with both types of environments.

Target groups: Weather forecasters and students of meteorology interested in forecasting.

The introductory lecture is included in the conference fee and there is no registration deadline. Maximum number of participants: 30.

The lecturer will be Dr. Tomáš Púčik. Púčik, alongside his past experience in forecasting severe weather at the CHMI, at the SHMU, and at ESTOFEX, is an active researcher in severe storm environments at the ESSL and a senior trainer for ESSL courses.

Informal icebreaker reception

The informal icebreaker reception will take place on Monday, 6 May 2023 at 18:30–20:30 local time at the ECSS venue.

A welcome cocktail (drinks) and hors d’oeuvres (fingerfood in modest amounts – not a full dinner) will be provided. The selection of food and drinks will be based on local traditions. Special dietary requirements can be handled by the caterer.

The icebreaker reception is a sponsored event and it is included in the conference fee. There is no registration deadline. Tickets for accompanying persons can be purchased for €25/person.

Guided tour through the Palace of the Parliament OR the city centre of Bucharest

The guided tour will take place on Wednesday, 10 May 2023 at 14:30–17:00 local time.

The Palace of the Parliament is one of the largest and most expensive administrative buildings in the world. Besides an impressive exterior appearance, it offers neoclassical architectural forms and styles in the interior, too. The 23 sections which include luxurious ballrooms, meeting rooms, museums and the chambers of the parliament itself, flaunt with ornate interior splendour. The walking tour will start at the entrance of the ECSS venue and will pass through some of the most impressive parts of the Palace of the Parliament.

Alternatively, we offer a guided walking tour through the city centre of Bucharest. The area (stretching approximately between the Dâmboviţa river to the south, Calea Victoriei to the west, Calea Moşilor to the east and the Regina Elisabeta boulevard to the north) contains an assortment of middle 19th-century buildings, ruins of the Wallachian princes' medieval court, and churches. Narrow cobblestoned streets retain the names of the ancient guilds that resided on them. The area was mostly renovated and is now a place of gathering for the young generation of the city. The walking tour will start at the entrance of the ECSS venue.

The guided tour is a sponsored event, and it is included in the conference fee. Please indicate your preference for one of the guided tours on registration. The deadline for the registration is 1 May 2023. Tickets for accompanying persons can be purchased for €25/person.

Please note that the accessibility for disabled individuals is limited. Please contact us for details regarding handicapped access.

Conference Dinner at Caru' cu Bere

The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday, 10 May 2023 at 19:30–23:30 local time.

Caru' cu Bere (or "the beer wagon" in direct translation) is a national historic monument in the old city centre of Bucharest. It was built as a brewery and restaurant in the 19th century with a exterior in a gothic revival style and with art nouveau interior decoration. The site of the conference dinner can be reached by foot from the ECSS venue, but also from many hotels in the centre of Bucharest.

The conference dinner is a sponsored event and it is included in the conference fee. The deadline for the registration is 1 May 2023. Tickets for accompanying persons can be purchased for €75/person and will include a starter, a main course and a dessert as well as drinks.

Please note that the accessibility for disabled individuals is limited. Please contact us for details regarding handicapped access.