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12th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa


Welcome to the EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa web site!


The 12th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa
will take place from 12 to 16 September 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda


The purpose of the EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa is to sustain the well established dialogue between EUMETSAT and the African user community, in particular the National Meteorological Services and their regional centres. The overall objective is to facilitate the use of EUMETSAT satellite data throughout the continent. The Forum also provides the opportunity to identify actions and initiatives that could be taken by EUMETSAT and its partners to meet the requirements of its African users. The EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa is organised every two years.

This web site contains all the information you need to register and attend the EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa and to contribute actively to it! The «Forum» section provides information on the objectives and the programme of the Forum. Under «Practical information» you will find all the information you need to prepare your travel to South Africa. You can also access the «paper and poster submission area» and submit a proposal for a presentation.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact EUMETSAT's organising committee

Telephone: +49 6151 807 6740
Fax: +49 6151 807 6150

Or click here to contact the organisers directly.


EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1986 and based in Darmstadt, Germany. Its mandate is to establish, maintain and exploit operational meteorological satellites for its 29 Member and 2 Cooperating States, in close cooperation with other international organisations such as the World Meteorological Organisation, the European Union and the European Space Agency.

EUMETSAT is currently operating four geostationary and three low earth orbiting satellites:

- Meteosat-8, Meteosat-9 and Meteosat-10 of the second generation are situated over Europe and Africa (located over the Guinea Golf)
- Meteosat-7 (located above the Indian Ocean)
- MetOp-A and MetOp-B
- Jason-2

The third generation of Meteosat (MTG) is under preparation in order to continue the Meteosat geostationary programme beyond 2018.

The data, products and services from EUMETSAT’s satellites make a significant contribution to weather forecasting and to the monitoring of the global climate, and they are provided free of charge to all African countries.

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Latest updates

The Report of the 11th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa is now available

The recommendations resulting from the 11th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa are now available

All presentations and speeches are available under the following ftp site:************************************
The second status update of the recommendations resulting from the 10th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa is now available

In addition to the website, we have set up a Facebook group for the EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa.  The idea is to facilitate communication among participants and interested parties in the run up to the forum.  It is a space where we can share information updates, news and pictures ahead of, during and after the event as well as encouraging informal discussion. ​​​​​

Join the Facebook group now!