16th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa
16-20 September 2024
Cotonou, Benin

Call for CONTRIBUTIONs (presentations and posters)

Participants to the 15th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa are invited to contribute to the Forum by sharing their experience, success stories and research results. Three specific sessions are open for contributions:

  • Session #3: Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Session #5: Blue economy
  • Session #6: Climate monitoring and services

Participants are invited to submit an abstract of their proposed contribution to the Organising Committee (ufa@eumetsat.int, subject “contribution”). Best proposed contributions will be selected for a plenary presentation (slides) or for a poster exhibition. Sponsorship to support participation of authors from Africa can be also offered.


Theme presentation: “Towards a new generation of meteorological satellites for Africa”

Many satellites observe the Earth continuously and provide wealth of data that have the potential to support weather forecasting, DRR, environmental management as well as climate adaptation. As such, satellite data can provide crucial information in support to the implementation and the monitoring of sustainable development strategies and policies.

The upcoming new generation of EUMETSAT meteorological satellites (i.e Meteosat Third Generation as well as the 2nd Generation of EUMETSAT Polar-orbiting Satellites) will bring to users new capabilities and new potential applications with enhanced spatial and temporal resolutions as well as new innovative EO instruments.

 This 15th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa focuses on the transition to this next generation of meteorological satellites, and on various applications (research and operational) based on Earth Observation that directly contribute to the decision making process in various sectors, whether on the sea, rivers or land, whether related to food security, biodiversity, health or other.

The following sessions are open for your contribution:

Session 3: Disaster Risk Reduction

With the increase of natural and humanitarian disasters, Disaster Risk Reduction has been, and still is, a major priority to reduce socio-economic vulnerabilities to disaster as well as dealing with the environmental and other hazards that trigger them. Speakers are encouraged here to present activities showing how operational use of Earth Observation provides key information in this area resulting in important impact for people. Focus will be in particular on the Early Warning systems, including the capacity of the NMHS to exploit Earth observation, and NWP model outputs to improve the information that they provide to disaster management authorities in their country.

Session 4: Blue Economy

Contribution of Earth observation on Oceans, Great Lakes and Coastal areas monitoring have increased a lot in the last 10 years. Speakers are encouraged here to present operational success stories that have changed the working life of people in the field and are making an impact to the society. Focus in this session will be on the applications or services making use of Earth observation data, and in particular those from the Sentinel-3 satellites, the EUMETSAT OSI-SAF, from altimetry mission (e.g. Jason) or from the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service.

Session 5: Climate Monitoring and Services

Papers for this session shall be aimed at sharing work on the use of Earth observation to support the development and operations of tools and services providing climate information. Speakers are encouraged to present here the state-of-the-art developments as well as success stories of concrete operational applications making a difference in the everyday work of decision and policy makers, connected to any fields mentioned above, including but not limited to food security, health planning, water management, disaster risk reduction and energy or tourism. Presentation that demonstrate active use in Africa of Copernicus Climate Change Services, EUMETSAT CM-SAF or other internationally available Climate Data Records, are welcome. 

The Poster Exhibition

Posters are invited to present how EUMETSAT’s or other satellite‐data are used in Africa, more specifically (but not exclusively) in the themes of the three sessions highlighted above. The poster presentations will take place throughout the week of the 15th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa. The various coffee breaks and lunches will allow the attendees to visit the poster exhibition and give the authors the opportunity to explain their contribution. 

Selection procedure and Calendar

The selection committee will analyse the received abstracts for posters and presentations at the specific sessions. The criteria that will be used are: the scientific relevance, the pertinence with respect to the theme, and the geographical distribution of the contributions. The duration of the specific sessions being limited, only a restricted number of presentations will be accepted. The possibility of participating in the poster exhibition will be offered to those whose proposal for presentation at the specific session was not selected.

By mid-June 2022 all authors will be informed on the outcome of the selection procedure.  Selected authors will receive further information for the preparation of their poster or presentation in the specific session.

How to Submit a Presentation or Poster

In order to submit a proposal for a presentation or for a poster, you are invited to fill in the dedicated Submission Form https://ufa.eumetsat.int/papersubmission.aspx 

The Submission Form shall be returned to the Forum Secretariat before Friday 27 May 2022, either by Fax (+49 6151 807 6150) or by email at ufa@eumetsat.int. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to you by the Secretariat.