PROFESSIONALS / 17 – 18 june 2021

Online Media-Workshop co-organized with EUMETSAT

International Communication on climate change

Mediaworkshop 2021
Media Workshop Moderated by Helga VAN LEUR, Meteorologist & Ambassador Climate, Sustainability and Behaviour (The Netherlands).

Day 1 – Thursday 17 June 2021

  • 09:15 Opening video – Welcome to EUMETSAT
  • 09:20 Official opening by EUMETSAT Director-General Phil EVANS  and Jean JOUZEL, President of Meteo et Climat


EUMETSAT is shaping the future of weather forecasting.
EUMETSAT’s next generation of satellites will deliver data faster and with a higher resolution, thus empowering weather forecasters and climate scientists with unprecedented tools and information.

  • 09:50 EUMETSAT contribution to regional weather forecasting and nowcasting, Elin BJÖRK JONASDOTTIR, Meteorologist,  Icelandic Meteorological Office
  • 10:05 Satellite observations and global weather forecasting, Tony McNALLY, Principal Scientist ECMWF
  • 10:20 More than weather…climate monitoring, oceans, flood forecasting, fires, air quality (Copernicus), dust, ash, Paolo RUTI, Chief Scientist, EUMETSAT
  • 10:35 Meet the satellites – MTG and EPS-SG, 3D animations, Mark HIGGINS, Training Manager, EUMETSAT
  • 10:50 Future generations of weather satellites – capabilities & impact on forecasting and nowcasting, Stephan BOJINSKI, MTG Applications and User Support Expert,EUMETSAT
  • 11:05 Break video


  • 11:35 Case study -How can weather presenters use satellite data, animations and EUMETView? Mark HIGGINS, Training Manager, EUMETSAT
  • 11:50 Virtual Tour of Geostationary Mission Control Room, Gareth WILLIAMS, Head of the Flight Operations Division, EUMETSAT
  • 12:05-13:30 Lunch break


EUMETSAT delivers data in near-real time to the African National Weather Services, thus supporting their positive impact on the African sustainable development.

  • 13:30 Supporting Africa – providing data, EUMETCast stations, RARS Africa, SAF for Africa, training. MTG and Africa (incl artwork) – Vincent GABAGLIO,  International relations officer, EUMETSAT
  • 13:50 Role of satellite observations in weather forecasting and climate monitoring in Africa, Lee-Ann SIMPSON, Meteorological Trainer, South African Weather Services
  • 14:10 Break


Decision-makers rely increasingly on satellite data to create the conditions for a sustainable development of the Ocean.

  • 14:15 How satellite data support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean? – Jörg SCHULZ, Climate Service and Product Manager, EUMETSAT
  • 14:35 Role of satellite observations in ocean monitoring, Sea Ice Observation – Thomas LAVERGNE, Research Scientist, Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • 14:55 Keeping in contact, and feedback on the day – Paul COUNET, Head of Strategy, Communication & International Relations, EUMETSAT
  • 15:10 Finish with virtual icebreaker

Hosted by Helga VAN LEUR, Ambassador Climate, Sustainability and Behaviour, Meteorologist since 1994 and broadcast meteorologist for 20 years at RTL The Netherlands

Day 2 – Friday 18 June, 2021


  • 09:00 Teaser video with messages from weather presenters
  • 09:05 Panel discussion with ECMWF Copernicus Services media partners Euronews, by Jeremy WILKS (France), CNN, by Brandon MILLER (US), and Copernicus Climate Change Service Senior Scientist Freja VAMBORG
  • 10:00 Q&A session with Jeremy WILKS, Brandon MILLER and Freja VAMBORG
  • 10:30 Break


  • 10:35 “Media Material from ESA Earth Observation” by Robert MEISNER (ESA) Earth Observation Outreach & Φ-Experience coordinator

The presentation will give an overview of the material available from ESA for journalists for use in their reporting.It will contain a collection of examples where Earth Observation data can complement to the reporting on a certain event. This will contain examples from natural disasters, climate change and specific Earth related events. An overview will be given on a wide range of material from raw data to sophisticated time-series animations for journalistic use and beyond.

“Climate from Space – communicating beyond science and policy” by Sophie HEBDEN Future Earth Research Coordinator – Earth observations (seconded to the ESA Climate Office by Future Earth). Long-term, stable climate data records are vital for tracking global climate change required by the UNFCCC. This presentation will highlight ESA’s space-based climate records and animations of these data, giving a context for extreme events, and the global changes being observed. It will also give an update on new and upcoming missions, and a tour of our new web-app to allow participants to interact with the climate data directly.

  • 11:30 ESA – live visit of the ESOC Control Room by Daniel MESPLES HSO-OEL Sentinel-5p Spacecraft Operations Manager (ESA)
  • 12:00-14:00 Lunch break


  • 14:00 Official opening
  • 14:05 Discussion “COP26 – Stakes and ambition of the next United Nations conference on climate change in Glasgow”. Moderated by Bernadette WOODS PLACKY, Climate Central Chief Meteorologist (US) with Jonathan LYNN, Head of Communications and Media Relations, IPCC John HAY, Newsroom Chief Editor, UNFCCC.
  • 15:00 Break video “climate planet”


  • 15:05 Discussion “Roadmap and best practice on Communicating Climate Change”. Sharing knowledge and best practice for better communicate on climate change. Weathercasters and journalists discussion group about Climate matters in weather reports. Moderated Karine DURAND, journalist environmental specialist with Ada MONZON, WKAQ (Porto Rico), Anika De BEER, Restore Africa Funds (South Africa), Alex DEAKIN, UK Met Office (Great Britain) – and Anju SINGH, Doordarshan (India).
  • 16:30 Synthesis of the Discussion Groups by Jesper THEILGAARD, journalist (Denmark).
  • 17:00 Closing official
It is with great pleasure that EUMETSAT is serving as the host to the International Weather and Climate Forum 2021. As a global operational satellite agency at the heart of Europe, our purpose is to gather accurate and reliable satellite data on weather, climate and the environment around the clock, and to deliver them to our Member States, to our international partners, and to users world-wide. 

Collaborating with the International Weather and Climate Forum, we want to foster links with the people who use our data, in this case the national weather presenters, who play such a key role in communicating responsibly to the public not just on such matters as weather, but also on climate change,  

In our increasingly weather-dependent society, satellite data has become indispensable for the National Meteorological Services to forecast the weather at all ranges and to produce timely warnings and other information that support public and private decision making for our social and economic wellbeing. 

Our strategic goal is to ensure the continuity and improvement of satellite observations that are vital inputs to the weather, climate and environmental information services delivered by the National Meteorological Services of our Member States for the benefits of the citizens and the economy.

Eumetsat Director-General

Created in 2004, the International Weather and Climate Forum (IWF) has become over the years a not-to-be-missed event of education and outreach on climate issues. The IWF facilitates the exchange of information between various actors (general public, scientists, companies, weather presenters, communities …) so that everyone can act at his own level! It proposes a program for Professionals including a Media-Workshop gathering worldwide weather presenters.


This media-workshop for international weather presenters and representatives of European and international organizations reflects on strategies and “good practices” for effective communication on climate change to the public and decision-makers.


That is an opportunity to discuss communication strategies at the international level and thus promote the sharing of knowledge and skills.


The workshop gathers around 100 weather presenters and representatives of international organizations, from 50 countries

Testimonies of weather reporters around the world

It was appealing sharing knowledges on how to communicate on climate change with international weather presenters and sharing with experts from climate and social sciences.

PWS, Uganda

Après tous les exercices faits et toutes les présentations j’ai pensé à des changements radicaux dans le bulletin météo actuel diffusé en Tunisie.

Chaîne nationale 1, Tunisie

Smart, Impressive, Productive.

China Weather TV

Rencontrer d’autres présentateurs, mais surtout échanger avec nos confrères étrangers était très enrichissant tant professionnellement que personnellement ; notamment dans la description de leur quotidien, et dans l’approche du message à diffuser auprès de la population.
Sébastien LEAS

Météo France – Radio France

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