Each year, EUMETSAT opens up a limited number of fellowships for early-career scientists in order to engage the younger research community and to promote the use of our satellite data. These fellowships are hosted at various institutions across Europe, including the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).
The research performed by the fellows is based upon proposals from our Member States and subjects covered by the fellows address, amongst other things, assimilation and analysis of various types of satellite data for global, regional and short-range numerical weather prediction models, as well as the use of satellite data at ECMWF.
Four of the EUMETSAT fellows are currently hosted at ECMWF and are investigating ways to improve the use of satellite data, including data from EUMETSAT’s Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellites. You can read more about what they’ve been up to by reading this article published on the ECMWF website, which provides a great overview of the different research topics each fellow has undertaken.
In addition to regular reporting on their progress, the fellows gather once a year at EUMETSAT HQ to present the highlights and conclusions of their work, as well as to outline future activities.
This year’s Fellowship Day was held on Monday 4 March and was an opportunity for the fellows to present their work and to network with EUMETSAT delegates, exchange ideas and discuss future opportunities. Since 1990, 68 fellowships have been established within the EUMETSAT Fellowship Programme and to date, 59 of those fellowships were completed.
This year’s presentations once again demonstrated the innovative and thorough work done by the fellows under their respective supervisors and helps encourage the young scientists to remain within the field of satellites and meteorology.