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Join weather, water and climate professionals in a special 3-day virtual symposium for Latin America.

12:00pm - 6:00pm (CET)

10th-12th October 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

The development of capacity in the African Regional Weather Enterprise (ARWE) is essential to protecting lives and livelihoods across the African continent. HydrometAFRICA is designed to provide a platform for constructive work towards the end goal of building effective and resilient weather enterprise from infrastructure to the last mile. 

The Purpose

HydrometAFRICA will bring together key actors in the ARWE value chain to develop a common understanding of their respective capability, capacity, roles and responsibilities in relation to one another, and help to shape future resilient weather and climate services in partnership.

There is an opportunity to uncover funding, partnership and operational models that will enable the efficient and sustainable development of weather and climate infrastructure and services in Africa, and create mutual benefit starting from a position of trust.

 

The goal of HydrometAFRICA is to support the creation of better weather services through capacity building, knowledge sharing and Public-Private Engagement (PPE) towards long-lasting partnerships.

The Attendees

Varysian’s virtual HydrometAFRICA event will host participants from government, IGOs, NGOs, Development Partners 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 African Regional Weather Enterprise and Global Partner organisations.

  • Director Generals of NMHS & technical staff

  • Civil Aviation Authorities

  • Other Relevant Public Sector Bodies and Government Ministries

  • Project and Programme Leaders from African and Global NGOs and IGOs

  • Leaders from Academic Institutions and Research Centres 

  • Senior Operations, Risk and Safety Executives from Private Sector Verticals: 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

  • Industry Bodies and Associations

  • Big Data Companies

  • Weather and Climate Product and Service Providers

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, one-on-one meetings, Workshops and special strategy sessions.

Using our world-leading virtual event delivery platform supported by the Varysian Network for year-round engagement, HydrometAFRICA is a unique opportunity to position your organisation at the heart of the development of one of the highest-growth hydromet markets in the world.

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

John Smith, CEO, Civil Aviation Authority, Turks & Caicos

“My first virtual conference. The platform is much better than I had expected. The world has just become smaller and more accessible.”

James Logan, OneRain (AEM group)
 

"The system worked smoothly: video and audio quality were excellent.

Groundbreaking – well done!"

 

Andrew White, Comptus

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

KEY TOPICS

Education and training

Climate change risk mitigation

Climate finance

Disaster risk reduction

Public Private Partnerships

Economic impact of weather services

Women and climate change

Business continuity

Agrometeorology

NHMS capacity building

Orientation Day

Monday 9th November

DAY 1

Tuesday 10th November

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

13:30 - 17:30

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

12:00-12:10 Opening address

Why Weather Services maturity and resilience is essential to Climate Change resilience, livelihoods and prosperity in America?

12:15-13:45 Presentation #1: Relevant WMO issues and their impact on America NMHSs

  • 12:15 – 12:55 Filipe Lucio

    • NMHSs relevant roles considering the Declaration of Geneva – 2019

    • Implementation of Weather, Climate and Hydrological Services in accordance with the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)  

  • 12:55 – 13:45 Dimitar Ivanov - Markus Repnik

    • WMO Development Partnerships Flagship Initiatives

13:45-14:30 Presentation #2: Challenges of America NMHSs in relation to the needs of their respective countries and return on investment in these

  • America NMHSs main clients versus real needs of their respective countries

  • America NMHSs role related to Climate Change impact

  • America NMHSs Capacity Development requirements

  • Return on investment in NMHSs

14:30-15:30 Technical presentations (15 minutes) and round table (45 minutes)

  • Track A: America NMHSs main clients versus real needs of their respective countries 

  • Track B: America NMHSs role related to Climate Change impact

  • Track C: America NMHSs Capacity Development

  • Track D: Return on investment in NMHSs

15:30-16:00 Quickfire networking break

Get to know some new people in the networking lounge, gather information on the latest technology from the exhibition stands and give yourself the chance to win some excellent prizes in our participant engagement challenge. 

16:00-16:45 Round table to discuss topics of presentations #1 & #2

  • Track A: North America and Caribbean countries

  • Track B: Central America countries

  • Track C: East countries of South America 

  • Track D: West countries of South America including Bolivia

16:45-17:15 Product Demos

17:15-17:25 Closing session (announcements and comments) 

 

DAY 2

Wednesday 11th November

12:00-12:10 Opening address

12:15-13:00 Presentation #1: America NMHSs role related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and required government support - Osvaldo Moraes

  • Characterize NMHSs of America role in DRR

  • A DRR Roadmap for RA-III and RA-IV

  • Multi-hazard Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services

  • Optimizing relation between NMHSs and government agencies responsible of disaster management

13:00-13:45 Presentation #3: America NMHSs relationship with universities, academic and scientific research centers related to weather, climate and hydrology - Celeste Saulo

  • Revise WMO directrices and guidelines to achieve these objectives

  • Determine areas on interest for the NMHSs to develop 

  • Analyze success examples in RA-III

  • Analyze success examples in RA-IV

13:45-14:45 Technical presentations (15 minutes) and round table (45 minutes)

  • Track A: A DRR Roadmap for RA-III and RA-IV

  • Track B: Multi-hazard Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services

  • Track C: Optimizing relation between NMHSs and government agencies responsible for disaster management

  • Track D: Success examples in RA-III and RA-IV in achieving a good relationship with universities, academic and scientific research centers related to meteorology, climatology, and hydrology

14:45-15:45 Quickfire networking break

Get to know some new people in the networking lounge, gather information on the latest technology from the exhibition stands and give yourself the chance to win some excellent prizes in our participant engagement challenge. 

15:45-16:30 Round table to discuss topics of presentations #3 & #4

  • Track A: North America and Caribbean countries

  • Track B: Central America countries

  • Track C: East countries of South America 

  • Track D: West countries of South America including Bolivia

16:30-17:00 Product Demos

17:00-17:10 Closing session (announcements and comments) 

DAY 3

Thursday 12th November

12:00-12:10 Opening Address

12:15-13:00 Presentation #5: America NMHSs relevance and required support from governments, WMO and other NMHSs to comply with their responsibilities - Antonio Divino Moura

  • Development of the visibility of NMHSs in the dissemination of their activities, products and services

  • Development of effective communication links of NMHSs with relevant authorities in their countries for support

  • NMHSs required support from WMO

  • Relevance of collaboration between NMHSs

13:00-14:00 Technical presentations (15 minutes) and round table (45 minutes)

  • Track A: Development of the visibility of NMHSs in the dissemination of their activities, products and services

  • Track B: Development of effective communication links of NMHSs with relevant authorities in their countries for support

  • Track C: NMHSs required support from WMO

  • Track D: Relevance of collaboration between NMHSs

14:00-14:30 Round table to discuss topics of Presentation #5

  • Track A: North America and Caribbean countries

  • Track B: Central America countries

  • Track C: East South America countries

  • Track D: West South America countries including Bolivia

14:30-15:30 Quickfire networking break

Get to know some new people in the networking lounge, gather information on the latest technology from the exhibition stands and give yourself the chance to win some excellent prizes in our participant engagement challenge. 

15:45-16:30 Presentations of the Roundtable Working Groups conclusions of the different presentations

  • 15:30 – 15:45 / North America and Caribbean countries

  • 15:45 – 16:00 / Central America countries

  • 16:00 – 16:15 / East South America countries

  • 16:15 – 16:30 / West South America countries including Bolivia

16:30-17:00 Closing session

  • Main challenges of NMHSs from RA-III and RA-IV to deal with - Guillermo Navarro

  • Varysian MD final words - Tom Copping

Filipe Lucio

WMO

Jorge Tamayo

AEMET

Osvaldo Moraes

CEMADEN

Celeste Saulo

Servicio Meteorológico Nacional-Argentina

Rodney Martinez

WMO

Ricardo Toro

ONEMI

Osvaldo Moraes

CEMADEN

Celeste Saulo

Servicio Meteorológico Nacional-Argentina

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COMMERCIAL ENQUIRIES

SEAN FIGURA

COMMERCIAL MANAGER

sean.figura@varysian.com

+441223 926828

SPEAKER ENQUIRIES

DR. GUILLERMO NAVARRO

HEAD OF CONTENT​ - LATAM

guillermo. navarro@varysian.com

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

LIAM SMITH

PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

liam.smith@varysian.com