Winner of the Student and Early Career Scientists Conference Photography Competition – Interlaken by Beatriz Fernández-Duque. Image shows snowy mountains and cloudy skies

UPDATED - Student and Early Career Scientists Conference Proceedings available on YouTube

12 August 2020

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our first Virtual Conference on 29 and 30 June.  We had a fantastic attendance and some great presentations, speakers and discussions across the two days.

For anyone who was not able to join us, or who may want to watch back, you can now view some of the excellent presentations on our YouTube channel here.

The videos available are:

Session 1: Observations

Chair: Shaun Dempsey

  • 2016 Indian Monsoon Cloud Development Observed using Doppler Weather Radar. Alex Doyle, PhD Student, University of Reading
  • Investigating air-sea interaction in the Tropical North Atlantic using a novel combination of autonomous vehicles. Elizabeth Siddle, PhD Student, University of East Anglia
  • Goldmine or Bust? Crowdsourced Meteorological Data for Atmospheric Science. Jonathan Coney, MRes Student, University of Leeds
  • Uncertainty Assessment of Open Source Gridded Precipitation Datasets: A Case Study at Bole Synoptic Station (Pre-recorded presentation). Gertrude Gyamfi, Teaching Assistant, Kwame Nkrumanh University & Grace Esenam Affram, Research and Teaching Assistant, Kwame Nkrumanh University

Session 2: Air Quality and Modelling

Joint session Chair: Joshua Hampton and Thomas Faherty

Air Quality

  • DOMestic Energy Systems and Technologies InCubator (DOMESTIC) and indoor air quality of the built environment. Jinghua Li, Researcher, University of Chester


  • Statistical methods to quantify and visualise the complex behaviour of clouds in the climate system. Rachel Sansom, 2nd year PGR, University of Leeds
  • Mechanisms of internal Atlantic Multidecadal Variability in HadGEM3-GC3.1. Wah Kin Michael Lai, PhD Student, University of Reading
  • The Influence of Anthropogenic Aerosols on the Aleutian Low. William Dow, PhD Student, University of Leeds

Session 3: Poster session A 

Chair: Kris Boykin 

  • Mars' Annular Polar Vortex. Emily Ball, PhD student, University of Bristol 
  • What are the fine-scale features of the precipitation response to El Niño and what are the meteorological drivers behind this response? Emma Sanig, Student (Undergraduate dissertation) now completing MSc, University of Birmingham 
  • Study of Propagation of Diurnal Cycle of Precipitation from Western Coast to Eastern Coast over Indian Peninsula during Indian Summer Monsoon. Lakshmi Kalavappilly Sajan, Master of research (MRes) student, University of Leeds

Session 4: Poster session B 

Chair: Paloma Trascasa Castro 

  • Inferring London’s Methane Emissions from Atmospheric Measurements. Daniel Hoare, PhD student, University of Bristol 
  • Extracting likely scenarios from high resolution forecasts in real-time. Kris Boykin, PhD student, University of Reading 
  • Using model nudging to constrain rapid adjustment radiative forcing from short-lived anthropogenic pollutants. Max Coleman, First year PhD student, University of Reading 
  • Future drought risk in East Anglia: from the meteorological to the impact perspective. Nele Reyniers, PhD student, University of East Anglia

Session 5: Keynote speakers - Climate Change

Chair: Joanna Raymond & Kris Boykin

  • Tamsin Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
  • Julieanna Powell-Turner, Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology, University of Chester
  • Joseph Howe, Thornton Energy Research Institute

Session 6: Climate & Environmental Change 

Chair: Joanna Raymond 

  • Quantifying methane fluxes and their source using a Bayesian inverse model and observations of co-emitted tracers. Alice Ramsden, PhD Student, University of Bristol 
  • What is the cause of a spontaneous rapid climate change in transient simulations of the last ice age to the present? Brooke Snoll, MRes Student, University of Leeds 
  • Mountain forest change and the impact on the water cycle of large river basins. Xinyue He, PhD Student, University of Leeds 
  • Climate change and the extreme heat related impacts on the London Underground infrastructure (Pre-recorded presentation). Sarah Greenham, PhD Student, University of Birmingham

Session 7: Dynamics and Meteorological Applications | Joint session

Dynamics Chair: Amethyst Johnson

  • Comparison of the prediction of Indian monsoon low-pressure systems by Subseasonal-to-Seasonal prediction models. Akshay Deoras, PhD Student, University of Reading
  • Climatology and Structure of Mesoscale Convective Systems in Southern West Africa. Michael Baidu, PhD Researcher, University of Leeds
  • Tides of the Polar Mesosphere-Lower-Thermosphere: Observations and model comparisons.Shaun Dempsey, PhD Student, University of Bath
  • Can we wave goodbye to parameterisations?Timothy Banyard, PhD Student, University of Bath

Meteorological Applications Chair: Ben Pickering

  • Using aircraft accidents and incidents to evaluate the skill of clear-air turbulence diagnostics. Mark Prosser, PhD Researcher, University of Reading
  • User-defined regimes: improving forecasts of good drying weather for farmers in Oxfordshire. Alicia Gleeson, Meteorologist, Lake Street Consulting Ltd

Session 8: Poster session C

Chair: Jinghua Li and Ben Pickering

  • On the linearity of the stratospheric and Euro-Atlantic sector response to ENSO. Paloma Trascasa Castro, PhD student, University of Leeds
  • Estimating charges on aerosols near the surface of Venus. Amethyst Johnson, student, University of Manchester
  • Study of the meteorological profile of Ahmedabad City and its relation to air pollutant dispersion in the city. Dhyey Solanki, Research intern, Global Centre of Environment and Energy (GCEE), Ahmedabad University (AU) Rudradutt Thaker, Student, Global centre for Environment and Energy (GCEE), Ahmedabad University Mihir Prajapati, Student, Global centre for Environment and Energy, Ahmedabad University
  • Investigating how the U.S. insurance industry could be impacted by the use of comprehensive flood maps: Hurricane Harvey Case Study. Steph Hodsman, GIS and Hazard Mapping Specialist, JBA Risk Management Ltd
  • Meteorological Influences on Lightning Strength in a Changing Climate. Isabel Smith, Final year undergraduate on an integrated Masters, University of Reading
  • Weatherproofing for a smarter, resilient, and more sustainable agri-sector. Joanna Raymond, PhD student, University of East Anglia

Session 9: Keynote Speaker Session – Science communications

Chairs: Hannah Brown & Shaun Dempsey

  • Clare Nasir, Met Office
  • Podcasting for climate science: Motivation, benefits and outreach. Dan Jones, British Antarctic Survey
  • The world of journals. Becky Hemingway, ECMWF
  • Closing Remarks and Prize Winners Announcement. Liz Bentley, Royal Meteorological Society


Further recordings will be added in the coming weeks.

A full breakdown of the Conference Prize Winners can be viewed here alongside reports and other meeting resources on our Student and Early Career Scientists Conference event page here.


Banner image: Winner of the Student and Early Career Scientists Conference Photography Competition – Interlaken by Beatriz Fernández-Duque