14th WMO Symposium on Education and Training / Quadrennial Meeting of Directors of WMO Regional Training Centres (Online)

14th WMO Symposium on Education and Training / Quadrennial Meeting of Directors of WMO Regional Training Centres (Online)


Start date

22 November 2021

End date

26 November 2021

The WMO education and training community is tasked by the World Meteorological Congress with improving the knowledge, skills and working methods of NMHS personnel so that they can address the requirements for new and improved services. Within this framework, the Symposium on Education and Training (SYMET) is organized by the WMO Education and Training Office once every four years to assist the international education and training community, including both NMHSs and universities, in identifying the education and training challenges that are expected to arise during the next five to ten years. 

This quadrennial, the theme of SYMET will be “Education and Training in a Period of Rapid Change,” which reflects, among others, the challenges we face when confronted by rapidly progressing technology, increasing service delivery expectations, globalization of the meteorological enterprise, growth in urban environments, and the impacts of climate changes. The Symposium includes keynote speeches by leading educators, working groups discussions on key challenges and opportunities for all participants to present their own programmes and innovations through virtual poster sessions.

SYMET will be followed by the one-day Quadrennial Meeting of Directors of WMO Regional Training Centres on 26 November, online from 10h45 to 16h30 UTC. All Symposium pareticipants are also welcome to attend, no additional registration is required.


More details of the SYMET are available at the website: 14th WMO Symposium on Education and Training.


SYMET Provisional Agenda


Monday 22 Nov




Welcome remarks



Keynote speeches 1 to 3

1 - Changing WMO Disciplines

2 - A Look at the Future of International Meteorological and Hydrological Education

3 - WMO Global Campus: Next Collaborative Directions


Poster Session



Initial working group meetings

Assigning rapporteur, setting discussion topics

Tuesday 23 Nov




Completing first working groups

Producing recommendations for plenary


Poster Session



Plenary reports on working groups

Identification of initial actions & recommendations

Wednesday 24 Nov



2 hours

Regional working groups

Organized at a time convenient for the groups, depending on time zones


Plenary reports from regional working groups

Identification of actions and recommendations

Thursday 25 Nov






Poster Session

Concurrent sessions

Review of Symposium Statement by set working group


Discussion of Symposium Statement

Final considerations and comments on Symposium Statement


Final approval of Symposium Statement

Identification of leads for actions and follow up timetable


Closing remarks



International Advisory Committee

The International Advisory Committee (IAC) guides the policy and technical planning of the Symposium and assists in inviting international partners as participants and co-sponsors.

Meet the International Advisory Committee

Prof. Andrew Charlton-Perez, Joint Head of Department of Meteorology,

University of Reading, United Kingdom

Dr. Anna Timofeeva, Director of Institute of Continuing Education, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, WMO RTC Russian Federation

Prof. Christoph Mueller, Director of Institute of Plant Ecology (IFZ)

Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Prof. Christophe Cudennec, Institut Agro, France

Mr. Christopher Webster, Meteorological Service of New Zealand

Dr. David Farrell, Principal of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), British Caribbean Territories

Ms. Jennifer Milton, Retired Director, Canadian Meteorological Centre Operations Division, Meteorological Service of Canada

Mr. John Ogren, Chief Learning Office, U.S. National Weather Service, USA

Prof. Mary Scholes, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof. Peter Odjugo, Director of RTC Nigeria

Mr. Roger Stone, Director (Centre for Applied Climate Sciences), University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Dr. Somenath Dutta, Head of Meteorological Training Institute (MTI), India

Dr. Winifred Jordaan, Head of the Regional Training Centre South Africa

Dr. Zhiqiang Wang, Deputy Director General, China Meteorological Administration Training Centre (CMATC), China


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