ECMWF has an extensive education and training programme to assist Member States and Co-operating States in the training of scientists in numerical weather forecasting, and in making use of the ECMWF forecast products and computer facilities.


The objectives of these courses are to give participants enough background on ECMWF's computing and archiving facilities to be able to use them effectively in their work.

Course title Course dates
High-Performance Computing Facility: Cray XC40 23-27 Jan 2017
Introduction to ECMWF computing facilities, services and the Meteorological Archival and Retrieval System (MARS) 20-24 Feb 2017


The objective of the meteorological courses is to assist Member States in advanced training in the field of numerical weather forecasting and in the use of ECMWF products. 

Our advanced training courses in numerical weather prediction (NWP) will give participants an understanding of the underpinning science as well as current research developments. These courses are aimed at scientists working with NWP systems.

Course title Course dates
Advanced numerical methods for Earth system modelling 13-17 March 2017

Parametrization of subgrid physical processes

20-24 March 2017
Data assimilation 27-31 Mar 2017
EUMETSAT/ECMWF NWP-SAF Satellite data assimilation* 3-7 Apr 2017
Predictability and ocean-atmosphere ensemble forecasting 8-12 May 2017

* The EUMETSAT/ECMWF NWP-SAF Satellite data assimilation is open to all and has no course fee.

The "Use and interpretation of ECMWF products" courses focus on the operational aspects of the ECMWF forecasting system. Their aim is to increase the participant's ability to examine and assess ECMWF output products. It is directed towards those who are (or will be) using ECMWF products either directly as forecasting staff or in research and development work. It aims to help users get maximum benefit from the Centre's products.

Course title Course dates
Use and interpretation of ECMWF products
(for trainers and training champions)
30 Jan-3 Feb 2017
Use and interpretation of ECMWF products 6-10 Feb 2017
Use and interpretation of ECMWF products 2-5 Oct 2017

Software packages and applications

These courses provide a background on software packages and applications used in the operational production and visualisation of numerical weather predictions. The objective is to familiarise participants with the packages and applications.

Course title Course dates
ecCodes: GRIB 27 Feb-2 Mar 2017
ecCodes: BUFR 6-9 Mar 2017
Introduction to ECMWF job scheduler: ecFlow 16-19 Jan 2017