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Eumetcal Newsletter - Issue 01/07

Issue 01/07

1. NWP course application opened
2. Call for Working Groups in Eumetcal III
3. First evaluation of the Advanced Aviation Course
4. Eumetcal III phase revisions approved
5. New EU Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013
6. Mandatory registration for COMET modules

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1. NWP course application opened

The second Eumetcal blended learning course will be devoted to Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) for forecasters and delivered by FMI in collaboration with Met.no, ECMWF, DWD and ZAMG from 22 October to 14 December 2007 (exact dates of the weekly online sessions remain to be fixed).

For the course announcement and course application form, please go to the homepage of Eumetcal Virtual Courses:

http://www.eumetcal.org/courses/

You are invited to send applications to this course by 1st June 2007, together with relevant pieces of information directly to the Academic Director, Mr. Vesa Nietosvaara at the FMI. The participants will be selected based on compliance with target audience definition and prerequisites and also taking into account an objective of sharing training experience over Europe.

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2. Call for Working Groups in Eumetcal III

The strategy for the next 5-year programme phase of Eumetcal is built on increasing the significance of the working group work. This is partly driven by a decrease in the overall budget and the start of the blended learning courses. There exists a common need for collaboration on training issues in order to train the staff of European NMSs to a common level and to define the expertise required within the topics.

We would like to kindly ask for interested persons to either join or lead a working group to express their interest by 27 April 2007 to the training officer by email (jaakko.karppanen@fmi.fi). The envisaged working groups are:

Satellite meteorology
Radar meteorology
Hydrometeorology
Numerical Weather Prediction
Aviation meteorology
Severe Weather
Climate and Climate Change
Tools and Technologies for Training

The tasks of the working groups are (with the exception of tools & technologies) to:
1. define a syllabus for continuous education and training (CET) of national meteorological and/or hydrometeorological services
2. carry out a survey of existing training material
3. suggest actions for the completion of the material for the syllabus
4. form a partnership for the delivery of a blended learning course

The working group leader will form the working group and will act as the focal point to the Eumetcal Programme Manager. Some funds may be applied from Eumetcal for work and travel associated with the tasks. Through a Eumetcal working group you have the chance to meet experts in your field, to network with new professionals and to define training in your specific area of interest.

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3. First evaluation of the Advanced Aviation Course

The first Eumetcal blended learning course was held from 5 February to 30 March 2007 in two parts: during the distance learning phase the students followed the lessons from their offices in weekly sessions and in the classroom session they gathered to the ENM facilities in Toulouse, France.

The course was a tremendous success, receiving very positive comments from the students. An overall score of 3.47 out of 4 was given by the participants following an evaluation of the different course areas and organisation. Especially the online distance learning phase using the Centra software was seen very interesting and challenging. This clearly shows the potential of blended and computer aided distance learning for meteorology and all lessons learned during this first course will be taken into account also in the future courses.

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4. Eumetcal III phase revisions approved

The 30th EUMETNET Council meeting discussed and agreed the revised Eumetcal III programme budget. The FMI will thus begin to draft agreements to all member countries very shortly. The revision to the Programme Proposal was brought on by the unexpected withdrawal of the UK Met Office from the programme and its implications on the Eumetcal budget.

The budget was revised in three working packages with as little as possible impact on the programme activities as possible. Revisions in the budget also imply a shift towards a more working group oriented programme where the role of the different groups will be very important. The downscaled programme budget also calls for all options with regards to external funding (from e.g. the European Commission) to be thoroughly researched.

Eumetcal III programme phase will begin on 1 July 2007 and last for five years with the Finnish Meteorological Institute as the Responsible Member. There are no changes in the programme management; Programme Manager will be Mrs. Carola Sundius and Training Officer Mr. Jaakko Karppanen.

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5. New EU Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013

The Decision establishing a new Lifelong Learning Programme was signed by the Presidents of the European Parliament and of the Council on 15 November and was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24 November.

The Lifelong Learning Programme comprises four sectoral programmes on school education (Comenius), higher education (Erasmus), vocational training (Leonardo da Vinci) and adult education (Grundtvig), and is completed by a transversal programme focusing on policy cooperation, languages, information and communication technology and dissemination and exploitation of results. The programme budget will be € 6,970 million for the total period 2007-2013.

For more information about the programme, go to:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/newprog/index_en.html

For more information on especially on the Leonardo da Vinci programme on vocational education and training, go to:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/leonardo/how_en.html

The FMI is preparing a draft for a proposal to be submitted in the Leonardo da Vinci programme in 2008 and will call upon interested partners during spring 2007 to begin work on the application and to form a project consortium. The theme of the project will be internal development of training in NMSs through knowledge assessment and mapping.

Please reply by 31 May 2007 if you would be interested in such a project and we will send you additional information. The first project planning meeting is foreseen to take place during week 28 in Helsinki, Finland. Please also indicate if this date is suitable for you with your response.

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6. Mandatory registration for COMET modules

Registration is now required to use modules on the COMET MetEd site (http://www.meted.ucar.edu/).

The COMET program recently instituted (30 January 2007) a mandatory registration system for courses and modules available through the COMET MetEd Website. This measure was taken at the request of COMET sponsors. More information on this decision can be found on http://www.meted.ucar.edu/mandatory_reg.htm.

One can access the registration site by going to https://www.meted.ucar.edu/loginForm.php. Please pay attention to the links about privacy policy and the link about security and troubleshooting information. By registering, you will be able to track your progress in completing COMET modules. Your scores on module quizzes and your completion status will be stored in your personal record. In addition, achieving a passing score on a module quiz will result in the creation of a certificate of completion for your own records.

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Thank you for reading,

Jaakko
Eumetcal Training Officer

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The next issue will come out in summer 2007 and the deadline for articles for newsletter 02/07 is 6 July 2007.

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