Summer learning opportunities for early-career climate mathematicians

Though it may be hard to think of summer during these cold winter days, now is the time to apply to these summer schools. There are many outstanding opportunities for graduate students and recent graduates to consider.

Differential Equations, Probability and Sea Ice

June 21- 27, 2015, at Snowbird, Utah
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The American Mathematical Society (AMS) invites mathematicians just beginning their research careers—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished— to become part of Mathematics Research Communities, a unique and successful program that builds social and collaborative networks to inspire and sustain each other in their work. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to participate. The structured program engages and guides all participants as they start their careers.

Daniel Feltham, University of Reading
Kenneth M. Golden, University of Utah and MCRN
Mary Silber, Northwestern University and MCRN
Court Strong, University of Utah
Deborah Sulsky, University of New Mexico

Online application forms will be available on November 1, 2014. Deadline for applications will be March 1, 2015.

The program includes:

- One-week summer conference for each topic
- Special Sessions at the national meeting
- Discussion networks by research topic
- Funding for additional collaborations
- Longitudinal study of early career mathematicians

Those accepted into this program will receive support (full room and board at Snowbird and up to US$700 in air transportation) for the summer conference, and will be partially supported for their participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings which follow in January 2016. The summer conferences of the MRC are held in the breathtaking mountain setting of the Snowbird Resort, Utah, where participants can enjoy the natural beauty and a collegial atmosphere. This program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Situated in a beautiful, breathtaking mountain setting, Snowbird Resort provides an extraordinary environment for the MRC. The atmosphere is comparable to the collegial gatherings at Oberwolfach and other conferences that combine peaceful natural ambience with stimulating meetings. MRC participants have access to a range of activities such as a tram ride to the top of the mountain, guided hikes, swimming, mountain bike tours, rock climbing, plus heated outdoor pools. More than a dozen walking and hiking trails head deep in the surrounding mountains. Participants also enjoy the simpler pleasures of convening on the patios at the resort to read, work, and socialize. In the evenings colleagues enjoy informal gatherings to network and continue discussion of the day's sessions over refreshments. Within a half hour of the University of Utah, Snowbird is easily accessible from the Salt Lake City International Airport. For more information about Snowbird Resort, see


4th Summer School on Data Assimilation and its applications: Oceanography, Hydrology, Risk & Safety and Reservoir Engineering

July 20- 31, 2015, at Brasov, Romania

The goal is to get together experts in the field of data assimilation from different schools (statistics, system and control, pure mathematics, engineering, ... ) and to make use of their knowledge by
• Educating graduate students, young and senior researchers
• Knowledge transfer from the best lecturers to the students
• Exposing these new theoretical/algortihmic approaches and their applications to the Romanian academia and researchers
• Having extensive discussions and exchanging ideas
• Working hands-on with academia and commercial dedicated softwares.

This summer school targets primarily students and researchers at an early stage of their career with/without previous experience in data assimilation.

Speakers and topics:
• Theoretical issues:
– Andreas Stordal (IRIS)- Particle filters and hybrid filters
– Geir Evensen (Statoil) - Ensemble Kalman Filter and its flavours
– Arnold Heemink (TU Delft) - Introductory talk on inverse modeling/data assimilation in geosciences
– Kees Lemmens (TU Delft) - Scientific Programming using C and Python; Parallel Programming using MPI; and GPU Programming using Cuda.
– Remus Hanea and Jon Satrom (Statoil and ResOptima)- Modern Reservoir characterization (Assisted History Matching) - Introduction and in-depth approaches.
– Roger Cooke (Resources for the Future) - Risk analysis and expert judgement basics and its applications

• Applications
– Laurent Bertino (Nansen Center) - Ocean and climate applications
– Ben Ale (TU Delft) - Risk quantification, risk management and Safety issues.
– Cristian Dinu (DHI - Romania) - Hydrology and Hydromechanics applications using Mike
– Rahul Fonseca (TU Delft)and Alin Chitu (TNO) - Ensemble based robust optimization and its flavors (application in reservoir modeling)
– Martin Verlaan (Deltares) - The OpenDA data-assimilation toolbox

Cultural program: In the weekend (25-26 July 2015): to be announced.

• graduate students
• researchers
• Academia

Registration fee:
• Students 400 Euros
• Researchers and Academia 800 Euros

If you are interested in participating in this event please send an email to Remus Hanea, (, and please attach a short description of your research and interest in this event.


Summer School 2015: Fluid Dynamics of Sustainability and the Environment

The DAMTP Summer School on Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Dynamics that ran from 1991-2006 resumed in 2012 in Cambridge. While it retains the basic features of the GEFD Summer School such as pedagogical lectures, laboratory experiments and numerical simulations, we have made several improvements to the school. In particular, the school is now a collaborative endeavour between DAMTP and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, giving it a full international dimension. Also, it focuses on the critical contemporary issues of sustainability and the environment, and has therefore been renamed "Summer School on Fluid Dynamics of Sustainability and the Environment" FDSE.

We are pleased to announce the 2015 FDSE summer school, to be held at the Ecole Polytechnique in France, from 7-18 September 2015.

Please visit the website for information about the application procedure - the deadline to apply is March 20th, 2015. We hope that you will encourage your own students to apply.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the school or the application procedure.

Best Regards,
The scientific committee- Caroline Muller, Paul Linden, Alexandre Stegner , Colm-cille Caulfield , Jean-Marc Chomaz , Jerome Neufeld , Sabine Ortiz, Stuart Dalziel , Riwal Plougonven and John Taylor



Early-career climate mathematicians could also benefit from attending the following conferences:

- The 26th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly 2015: June 22- July 2, in Prague, Czech Republic
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- SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences: June 29- July 2, in Stanford, CA
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- CliMathNet Conference 2015: July 6- 10, in Bath, UK
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- 8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2015): August 10- 14, in Beijing, China
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