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GAW 2017 Symposium

10-13 April 2017

WMO Secretariat, Geneva


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The Global Atmosphere Watch Programme (GAW) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing its next symposium on 10-13 April 2017 at the WMO Office in Geneva.

GAW symposia are organized every four years in order to gather the GAW research and observational community and existing and potential partners to reassess the programme and discuss issues of importance for a successful future. This next symposium will take place in the context of the new GAW Implementation Plan for 2016-2023 (GAW IP), which will be published before the end of 2016.

The objectives of the 2017 GAW Symposium are to:

  • Assess the state of the underpinning science;
  • Review programme elements in the context of the new GAW IP;
  • Develop work plans with clear outcomes and timelines for implementing activities in the new GAW IP;
  • Foster further collaborations within and external to GAW;
  • Enhance GAW’s capacity to increase its relevance to partners and clients and to strengthen support for its activities;
  • Demonstrate success of the GAW programme.

There is no registration fee to take part in the Symposium.


Tentative schedule of Symposium





10 April

Round table with SSC and SAG/ET chairs

side events

Plenary Discussion 1 “Science for services”


11 April

Plenary Discussion 2 “Integrated Observations”


side events

Parallel discussion sessions:

- Modelling in GAW (Salle Obasi)

- Quality Assurance in GAW  (Salle B)

12 April

Plenary Discussion 3



side events

Parallel discussion sessions:

- Data requirements (Salle Obasi)

- Outreach and capacity building (Salle B)

13 April

Summary and way forward

(9:00-10:30 SSC and moderators, 10:30-12:00 Full plenary)


SSC/SAG Chairs formal meeting

    • 3 Poster Sessions are scheduled on MON, TUE, WED (17:00-18:30)


Proposed side events:

  • “Coordination of near-real-time total ozone measurements from the network of Brewer and Dobson spectrophotometers”
  • “Urban issues”
  • "SDS-WAS: Observations and Modeling"
  • “How can GAW contribute to nitrogen cycle assessments?”

Brainstorming on resource mobilization is also planned (WED lunch time).

Detailed agenda

Click here to download the detailed agenda (draft).

Practical information

Participation in this event is via registration. Registration is already closed (Please contact secretariat directly for additional registration.)

Inexpensive hotels not far away from WMO (please check at

1) Hotel Drake-Longchamp

 Rue Butini 7, Paquis, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

2) Hotel Montbrillant

 2, rue de Montbrillant, Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland 

3) ibis Genève Centre Nations

Rue du Grand Pré 33-35, Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

4) Hotel Les Nations

Rue du Grand Pré 62, Petit-Saconnex / Servette, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

Information note

Click here to download a document with practical information about local transport, location of the meeting venue, how to get your badge (which you must keep and show every day), nearby restaurants, electric plugs, wifi and so on.


For more information, please contact Dr Oksana Tarasova at or Ms Kate Solazzo at







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