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.


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.

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.

Applications for 2019 courses are closed

Course title Course dates

Use and interpretation of ECMWF products
(for trainers and training champions)

27-30 January 2020

Predictability and ensemble forecast systems

25 Feb - 1 March 2019

Parametrization of subgrid physical processes

4-8 March 2019

Data assimilation

11-15 March 2019

EUMETSAT/ECMWF NWP-SAF satellite data assimilation*

18-22 March 2019

Advanced numerical methods for earth system modelling

25-29 March 2019

Use and interpretation of ECMWF products

5-8 Oct 2020

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.

Applications for 2019 courses are closed

Course title Course dates

Introduction to ECMWF job scheduler: ecFlow

30 Jan - 1 Feb 2019

ecCodes: GRIB and BUFR data encoding and decoding software

4-8 Feb 2019

Online training week: Software and computing at ECMWF*

13-17 May 2019

* These courses have no course fee.

WMO Fellowship scheme

ECMWF and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have developed a scheme under which the Centre regularly hosts forecasters from developing countries for a number of months. The scheme is part of the WMO Fellowship Programme, which was set up after the WMO identified a need for specialised training placements to develop capacity in least developed and developing countries.

If you want to know more and apply, please go to WMO fellowship scheme

Applications are closed

ECMWF training courses are freely available to Member States and Co-operating States (MS/CS).

Applicants from International Organisations and non-Member and Co-operating States of ECMWF (non-MS/CS) may apply to attend any of the training courses; for these applicants a course fee is payable. Applications must be accompanied by a statement to confirm which institution will be responsible for paying the fees.

Priority is given to Member and Co-operating State applications.




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