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3rd European Earth System and Climate Modelling School - Applications Now Closed
Jun 09, 2016 10:00 AM to Jun 21, 2016 08:00 PM (Europe/Vienna / UTC200)
University of Helsinki (Finland), Kumpula Campus
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Call for Applications

The school is launched by the European Network for Earth System modelling (ENES) with support of the FP7 project IS-ENES2 (http://is.enes.org). This year it is hosted by the University of Helsinki, with local support by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI, Helsinki) and the Finnish supercomputing center (CSC, Espoo). The Organizers are the British National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS, Reading, UK), the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M, Hamburg, Germany), and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain. Computational power for Earth System simulations is provided by NCAS, the German Climate Computation Center (DKRZ, Hamburg), and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC, Spain).

Applications for the 3rd E2SCMS are now closed. We are currently assessing applications and will contact applicants in the week commencing Monday 18 April 2016 to inform them about the status of their application.


Climate Models and the more general Earth System Models are complex mathematical tools developed to improve understanding of our global natural environment. These scientifically and computationally advanced models allow scientists to investigate the behavior of climate processes and phenomena on a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. Simulation results are used for societal and economic decision-making, including public weather forecasting, resource management and natural disaster risk analysis. 

Aims and Objectives - What to expect

The school introduces to the usage, capabilities, and limits of Earth System Models by providing a broad overview on Earth system processes and how they are represented in Earth System Models. The first half of the school consists of a series of lectures. Then, in the second half, the students apply what they have learned by analyzing the results of Earth system simulations that they have started during the first days of the school. For the simulations three well established Earth System Models will be invoked: HAD-GEM (Famous), MPI-ESM, and EC-Earth. These are run at international supercomputing centers. Attendance of international experts in Earth system and climate modeling ensures an advanced and stimulating learning environment.

Course Schedule

View the Draft Agenda

Attendees - Applicant Experience

The school is aimed at early career scientists (advanced PhD candidates, postdoctoral scientists,  scientific programmers) affiliated to European research institutions with a strong background in mathematics, advanced computation, and in Earth system sciences. The competitive selection procedure will account for academic interests and excellence.

Applicants for the 30+ places on the 3rd E2SCMS are expected to be:

  • Interested in Earth system and climate research (preferably in a field invoking Earth system simulations or invoking data from such simulations).
  • Acquainted with high level programming languages like Fortran, C, or C++ (preferably applicants have some experience in the programming of model codes).
  • Familiar with LINUX / Unix (basic knowledge of Unix systems and scripting).
  • Experienced in working not only autonomously but also cooperatively.
  • Proficient in English as a working language.


Accommodation will be available during the school.  Students may organize their own accommodation but it is highly recommended that students stay in accommodation organised by the school to fully benefit from the course. To help control costs, students will normally share a room with another student of the same gender. Students are responsible for the cost of their accommodation but in exception circumstances, a small number of accommodation and boarding grants are available on separate application.

Registration Fee and Costs

There are no registration fees for applicants (regardless of nationality) attending the 3rd E2SCMS from an EU institution. Lunch, refreshments, and the two-day excursion to Hyytiälä are provided for free.

For applicants (regardless of nationality) attending from a non-EU institution, the cost for attending the school will be £1950.00 + Accommodation.

All students are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodation, breakfast, and some evening meals.  

In exception circumstances, a small number of accommodation and boarding grants will be available on separate application. Applicants should indicate in their application if they wish to apply for an accommodation and boarding grant and must submit an additional justification document with their application.

Important Dates

Applications Open - 1100 UTC, Friday 29 January 2016

Application Deadline - 1100 UTC, Monday 21 March 2016 Thursday 31 March 2016 (extended)

Application Status Update - W/C Monday 18 April 2016

Confirmation & Payment Deadline - Wednesday 4 May 2016

Arrival in Helsinki - Wednesday 8 June 2016

Course Dates - Thursday 9 June 2016 - Tuesday 21 June 2016

Depart Helsinki - Wednesday 22 June 2016


Application Process

To apply for a place on the 3rd E2SCMS, you will be required to submit a set of application documents via the online application form. The set of application documents must consist of at least:

  1. A Letter of Motivation presenting your motivation for attending the school, including information about your research interests and acquaintance with Earth system science.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (CV / Resume) including current occupation and contact information (including Email and postal address).
  3. A description of the applicant's experience with models and simulations. Please list computing knowledge (e.g. UNIX, use of supercomputers), experience with mathematical models, and statistical and data analysis tools. Applicants should also list any relevant publications.
  4. A Reference Letter. The reference letter should be signed and written on headed paper from the Referee's institution. You will be required to provide contact details for the referee. The referee will be sent details of your application and a copy of the Reference Letter submitted.
Applications for the 3rd E2SCMS are now closed. We are currently assessing applications and will contact applicants in the week commencing Monday 18 April 2016 to inform them about the status of their application.

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