ERA4CS had a very productive 5th General Assembly (GA) in Dublin on 28-29 November.
The outcomes of the mid-term meeting of all projects (17-18 September Brussels) were analysed, and the GA decided to support three new activities:
The GA also discussed the final project assessment exercise, due to take place in 2021 after the end of all projects. Lessons from the mid-term assessment exercise have been considered, as well as new requirements are stemming from the "Task Force on monitoring and Evaluations of the JPI". The calendar of the final assessment was agreed.
Following the proposal to hold the final meeting of all ERA4CS projects with the ECCA2021 Conference (27-29 May 2021), it appeared that this late timing could not be supported by several funding agencies. It was rather decided that the Executive Board would identify the best opportunity towards the end of 2020, a better compromise since ERA4CS projects will come to an end between September 2020 and February 2021.
Nevertheless, there is a strong will to support the ECCA2021 Conference in the ERA4CS community. Responding to an invitation by SINCERE, we will nominate experts for the programme committee of the conference. Subject to remaining resources at the time of the conference, ERA4CS may also support some travels to Ljubljana.
ERA4CS was requested by the JPI-Climate to support its 2nd Scoping Forum in 2020. This will be composed of several preparatory workshops and a large Scoping Forum Symposium (SF) in November. ERA4CS partners responded very positively to this request and formulated a number of proposals to support the events of the 2nd SF. In particular, Romania proposed to host a Scoping Workshop to brainstorm on future research needed to support the development of climate services, during the spring 2020. The Executive Board will work in the coming weeks to develop a concept for this workshop and define a list of attendees.
The GA was finally briefed on the progress of a pilot experiment of alignment of climate services, currently undertaken by AEI and CNRS. Several proposals have been selected for funding. The modest funding granted supports short visits between climate services to share their experiences, compare their working methods, and identifiy opportunities of collaboration. The selected proposal includes CS operated by universities, research organizations, meterological agencies, and the private sector.
The Coordination Philippe Bougeault thanks all participants in the GA for very constructive contributions.