12th International NCCR Climate Summer School

September 2013




In the first week of September 2013, with the financial assistance of the Legacies Fund, I attended the 12th International NCCR Climate Summer School, held at Grindelwald, Switzerland. The school was attended by approximately 60 early-stage researchers, who presented a poster of their own research. Being a first year PhD, the school offered me an ideal environment for my first presentation of research and was an extremely useful experience.
The Summer School is organized annually by NCCR, Switzerland's Centre of Excellence in Climate and Climate Impact Research, and gives the opportunity to young scientists to attend keynote lectures and workshops led by exceptional climate researchers. This year’s School focused on the subject "From climate reconstructions to climate predictions", a theme that is directly related to my research, which is the reconstruction of the climate of the past millennium using data assimilation. I presented a poster of my current work, with the title “Assimilation of paleoclimate proxy data into GCMs using ensemble member selection”. This provided an excellent opportunity to receive useful feedback and comments on my work from both colleagues and academics.

The Summer School offered me an excellent opportunity to engage with leading experts and discuss the latest advances in the climate field. There were poster sessions throughout the week, which broadened a lot my knowledge on climate reconstructions, models and proxies. The discussions I had will help me for my further research in my topic. I am very grateful to the Royal Meteorological Society for providing the assistance to attend this summer School.

University of Birmingham
September 2012