A new Varysian symposium

Oatlands Park Hotel

London, UK

For the safety of our delegates, HydrometAFRICA has been provisionally postponed to Q4   2020.

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Africa is a key and fast-growing region for the global hydromet sector. A huge region with a vast array of weather patterns, hydrological trends and hydromet infrastructure projects. In December 2019, the World Bank alone pledged US$200bn for projects to meet the challenges of climate change in 35 LDCs, within the next 5 years, with hydromet at the centre of this campaign.

 

The Purpose

Capacity building for NHMSs is at the core of what we do. The aim of HydrometAFRICA is to bring together the best and the brightest in African hydrometeorology to establish long-lasting partnerships and to create better weather services for all.

 

The Attendees

HydrometAFRICA will host senior representatives from African NHMS, 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 regional and global hydromet community.

 

The Event

Conceived as a small-scale and invite-only event, HydrometAFRICA blends all the best elements of a trade show and conference without any of the
distractions. The content will provide key technical topics for discussion, delivered using a wide array of immediate and intimate formats, including panel discussions, roundtables and one-on-ones.

Agenda highlights

Audience sessions and keynotes

Expert global speakers from NHMS, private sector, academia, IGOs and NGOs

Expert-led roundtable discussions for small groups

One-on-ones offered for expert advice

40+

Over 40 expert global speakers

100+

Senior delegates from African NHMS, IGOs, NGOs and more

40

40 hydromet topics and issues covered

 

DAY 1

7:30AM-8:30AM

Exhibitor space: Breakfast and Registration

Main room: Mapping the hydromet value chain

8:30AM-9:15AM

Welcome from the chair and Inauguration Panel, WMO & World Bank: The hydromet landscape in Africa - What are we setting out to achieve?

9:15AM-10:00AM

Panel discussion: Understanding the current state of African hydromet services on a national and regional level to define strategic priorities.

10:00AM-10:30AM

Keynote presentation: The fundamental importance of building a common language and trust between hydromet stakeholders

10:30AM-11:00AM

Exhibitor space: Refreshment break

Main Room and Room 1: Twin track technical presentations and audience Q&As

11:00AM-11:30AM

  1. Sustainable adaptation under climate change

  2. Hydrometeorological instrumentation advancement and evolution of neo-meteorology

11:30AM-12:00PM

  1. Evolving use of radar in forecasting

  2. Hydrometeorology and the internet of things

12:00PM-12:30PM

  1. Developments and automation in AWS

  2. Artificial intelligence and machine learning

12:30PM-2.00PM

Exhibitor space: Lunch break

Breakout rooms 1-8: Roundtable sessions

2:00PM-2:45PM

Roundtable session: 1

2:45PM-3:30PM

Roundtable session: 2

3:30PM-4:00PM

Exhibition space: Refreshment break

4:00PM-4:45PM

Roundtable session: 3

Main Room and Room 1: Twintrack technical presentations and audience Q&As

4:00PM-4:30PM

  1. Nicolas Bidault, WFP - PRISM: a Mozambique case study

  2. Digital Green (farmstack) - Dissemination of hydrometeorological data using integrated technology - Ethiopian focus

Main Room: Mapping the hydromet value chain

4:30PM-5:30PM

Panel discussion: Establishing common goals and common ground: Squaring the public and private sector relationship.

5:30PM

Exhibitor space: Drinks reception

DAY 2

7:30AM-8:30AM

Exhibitor space: Breakfast and Registration

Main room: Meeting common goals through innovation and partnership. Hosted by the World Bank.

8:30AM-9:00AM

Keynote Presentation, World Bank: From innovation to impact.

9:00AM-9:45AM

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

9:45AM-10:30AM

Quickfire Innovation Partnership presentations.

10:30AM-11:00AM

Exhibitor space: Refreshment break

11:00AM-11:30AM

​Understanding the concept and key elements of natural monopoly: Base measurements network, standardisation, warnings, and the best governance model.

11:30AM-12:00PM

​Developing rules of engagement: How have private weather services accreditation models in the USA, Japan and UK worked?

12:00PM-12:30PM

​How can we act on the guidance from GWE/OCP and PRIMET?

12:30PM-2.00PM

Exhibitor space: Lunch break

Breakout rooms 1-8: Roundtable sessions

2:00PM-2:45PM

Roundtable session: 3

2:45PM-3:30PM

Roundtable session: 4

3:30PM-4:00PM

Exhibitor space: Refreshment break

4:00PM-4:45PM

Roundtable session: 5

Main Room: Mapping the hydromet value chain

4:45PM-5:30PM

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

5:30PM

Exhibition space: Drinks reception

DAY 3

8:00AM-9:00AM

Exhibitor space: Breakfast and Registration

Main room: Mapping the hydromet value chain

9:00AM-9:45AM

Panel discussion: Impact of, and protection from, climate change - the role of hydrometeorology.

9:45AM-10:30AM

Panel discussion: Forging cross-border cooperation and improving your NHMS.

10:30AM-11:00AM

Exhibitor space: Refreshment break

Breakout rooms 1-8: Roundtable sessions

11:00AM-11:45AM

Roundtable session: 6

11:45AM-12:30PM

​Roundtable session: 7

12:30PM-2.00PM

Exhibition space: Lunch break

2:00PM-2:30PM

Exhibition space: "Ask the expert"

2:30PM-3:15PM

Roundtable session: 8

3:15PM-3:45

Exhibition space: Refreshment break

Main Room: Mapping the hydromet value chain

3:45PM-4:30PM

Panel discussion: Outcomes - what have we learned this week and how to move forward locally and globally?

4:30PM+

Exhibitor breakdown and time for private meetings.

Download draft agenda

Subject to changes

Roundtable C

Big issues

Latest technology

Climate change

Data sharing

Disaster resilience

Public-Private Engagement

 

What our attendees say

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

John Smith

CEO

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 discussions 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

President

HMEI

 

Venue

Oatlands Park Hotel

146 Oatland Dr,

Weybridge

KT13 9HB

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