A virtual weather and climate symposium

Everyday at 2:00pm - 6:00pm (GMT)

14th-18th September 2020

Panel discussions and live Q&As with global experts

Expert global speakers from government, industry, academia, IGOs and NGOs

Expert-led roundtable discussions for small groups

One-on-one meetings and networking time

India represents one of the fastest growing hydromet markets in the world. A huge nation with a vast array of regions, weather conditions and uses for cutting edge hydromet advice and technology.


The Purpose

Capacity building, knowledge sharing and PPE are at the core of the HydrometAFRICA symposium. The goal is to establish long-lasting partnerships to create better weather services for all.​


The Attendees

Varysian’s virtual HydrometAFRICA event will host participants from government, IGOs, NGOs and experts from the private sector and academia. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and engage with a wide variety of professionals from the local and global weather community.


The Event

HydrometAFRICA is a content-driven and networking-focused virtual event that will provide key topics for discussion, delivered using multiple immediate and intimate formats, including panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and special strategy sessions.

Wonderful event with great participation from everyone.

Jim Anderson

President, HMEI


How does it work?

Key topics

Downscaling technology

Climate change risk mitigation

Climate finance

Disaster risk reduction

Public Private Partnerships

Economic impact of hydromet

Women in hydromet

Business continuity


Orientation Day

Monday 14th September


Tuesday 15th September

Please note that some presentation timings are provisional and may be subject to change.


A chance for attendees to familiarise themselves with the virtual event platform



Panel discussion

Why Weather Services Maturity and Resilience is Essential to Climate Change Resilience, Livelihoods and Prosperity in Africa

12:15PM-1:00PM - Roundtable discussions (English & Francais)

  • Mining and Process Industries

  • Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure 

  • Energy and Renewables

  • Agriculture

  • Insurance

  • Aviation

  • Disaster Management and Public Safety

  • Business Continuity/Environmental Health and Safety

1:00PM-1:30PM - Networking

1:30PM-2:00PM - Case studies

Track A: Protecting Lives and Property in India – Solving India’s Complex Climate and Development Challenges

Track B: Implementation of an Integrated Hydrometeorological Monitoring and Forecasting system in Slovakia

6:00PM-7:00PM - One-to-one meetings

Start-up Spotlight: Tackling Air Pollution Through Innovation

  • PartnershipsQuickfire presentations from Solution for Pollution winners, PI Green, Urban Air Labs and A2P Energy

  • Q&A discussion session led by UNDP

3:50PM-4:30PM - Networking

4:30PM-5:00PM - Twin-track presentations

Track A: Integrating unconventional observations (especially radar) into integrated hydrometeorological modelling systems for early warning systems


Track B: Saving lives in Malawi - A recent Use-case in high-precision lightning detection data under UNDP tender



Wednesday 15th July

2:00PM-2:40PM - Panel discussion

How can we embed the capability needed for the adoption and sustainable operation of advanced hydrometeorological technology solutions?

2:40PM-3:20PM - Networking

3:20PM-3:50PM - Twin-track presentations:

Track A: Simulation of a Multi-Week Flood Event and Impact of Explicit Flood Inundation Feedback Modelling

Track B: Drought risk analyses for India, based on different precipitation datasets (Reanalyses, Radar composites, weather stations based sources) and explain the potential and constraints of the different data sources 

3:50PM-4:30PM - Networking

4:30PM-5:00PM - Twin-track presentations

Track A: On-site Calibration of Humidity and Temperature Sensors

Track B: Fireside Chat - Severe Weather Preparedness with Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre

5:00PM-6:00PM - Roundtable discussions

6:00PM-7:00PM - One-to-one meetings

Private Sector Workshop

  • Understanding the Indian Hydromet value chain

  • Global context of the evolution of weather services in different countries and gaining an understanding of relative systems and segmentation

  • Identifying opportunities and barriers to entry

  • Strategic planning to drive collaboration between Indian Hydromet Services and global organisations

  • Communicating towards aligning tendering specifications with requirements 

  • Demystifying the Indian tendering process


Thursday 16th July

2:00PM-2:40PM - Panel discussion

Data capture and data integration: Adding value to decision-making

2:40PM-3:20PM - Networking

3:20PM-3:50PM - Twin-track presentations:

Track A: Multi-use data case study: GIS Mapping of Brick Kilns to reduce air pollution and modern slavery in partnership with UNDP and Airbus.

Track B: Hydrologic sensors and their applications in Hydromet data collection. 

3:50PM-4:30PM - Networking

4:30PM-5:00PM - Twin-track presentations

Track A: Multi-hazard monitoring and early warning systems, available technologies and good practices.

Track B: Direct Evapotranspiration Measurements for Informed Decision-Making: Latest Tools for ET Stations & Networks at Field, Watershed & Regional Levels

5:00PM-6:00PM - Roundtable discussions

6:00PM-7:00PM - One-to-one meetings


Friday 17th July

2:00PM-2:40PM - Panel discussion

Impact of, and protection from, climate change in India - the role of hydrometeorology.

2:40PM-3:20PM - Networking

3:20PM-3:50PM - Twin-track presentations:

Track A: The Role of System Controls in Environmental Monitoring

Track B: Optimizing Water Use for Smallholder Farmers Using IoT Devices

3:50PM-4:30PM - Networking

4:30PM-5:00PM - Twin-track presentations

Track A: infrastructure for climate-resilient growth (ICRGF) and the objective of improving climate data to inform the planning and delivery of India’s national rural employment guarantee scheme

Track B: New approaches for monitoring soil moisture and soil temperature dynamics at high spatial and temporal resolution

5:00PM-6:00PM - Roundtable discussions

6:00PM-7:00PM - One-to-one meetings

Expert speakers

Swetha Kolluri


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Jatin Singh

Skymet Weather

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Vijay Dubey

Jomiso Consulting

Terrell Fletcher

Campbell Scientific

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Dr. Karl Gutbrod


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Milind Mujumdar


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Dr. Ashutosh Mohanty

Shoolini University

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Benedikt Burkhardt


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Raka A. Sangma


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Patrick Horn

MBW Calibration

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Roelof Bruintjes


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Sanjay Srivastava


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Prof Anil Gupta


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Andrew White


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Dr. Doreen Boyd

Nottingham University

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Ritu Bharadwaj


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Dave Johnson


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Rozita Singh


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John McHenry

Baron Weather

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What our attendees say

Thanks again for a revolutionary and dynamic symposium with riveting themes, presentations and atmosphere.

John Smith


Civil Aviation Authority, Turks & Caicos

Congratulations to Team Varysian! A great Symposium. I am very proud of what Varysian is becoming. Brilliant! I look forward to next year's Symposium and the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way.

Garvin Cummings

Chief Hydrometeorological Officer

Guyana Meteorological Service

I wanted to thank you for inviting me to the meeting.  It was extremely informative and very much enjoyed learning in the discussion groups.  As our efforts mature, no doubt I will be reaching out.

Oscar Schofield

Distinguished Professor

Depart. of Marine and Coastal Sciences

Rutgers University

Congratulations to Varysian for hosting the Caribbean Symposium. Outstanding experience.

Shakeer Baig

Assistant Director

Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service

The main thing we want to get out of it is better interaction between the public and private sector and that is one of the things that, in this event, really happened.

Heerco Walinga

International Business Development Manager

Delta OHM

Wonderful event with great participation from everyone.

Jim Anderson





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