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Study climate modelling

Dates: September 2021
Location: to be confirmed

Climate models are important tools for learning about the earth, and for assessing current and future risks of climate change. 

The Climate Modelling Summer School covers the fundamental principles of climate modelling through a mixture of lectures and practical assignments over 12 days. 

With access to cutting-edge supercomputers and tuition from leading researchers from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, you will test out a range of climate models. And, to really understand their strengths and limitations, you will complete a series of practical tasks to analyse their performance. 

If you want to become a competent climate modeller or work in the natural sciences, we’ve got you covered.

We encourage advanced UK-based and international PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to apply.

Learning outcomes

We aim for students to:

  • Understand the fundamental principles of the science in climate models;
  • Learn about the connections between different areas of climate science;
  • Know how climate models operate on supercomputers;
  • Assess the quality of model results and perform high-level analysis;
  • Recognise the ways that climate science is used for policy making.
  • Teaching staff

    Our curriculum is led by Professor Pier Luigi Vidale, a climate system specialist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and University of Reading.

    The teaching team will include UK and international researchers who are leaders in their field.


    Applications open in Spring 2021

    We encourage UK-based and international PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to apply to attend the summer school. Places are limited, and are awarded on a competitive basis. All places will be awarded on merit. We look for students who have a strong interest in:

  • Learning about the mathematical and numerical foundations of climate models;
  • Becoming experts in climate modelling;
  • Acquiring the know-how needed for designing and operating modern climate models;
  • Critically analysing climate models results.
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    Course schedule

    The school is an intensive 12-day programme, running from 08:30-20:00 on most days. The school includes advanced theoretical lectures and seminars, complimented by hands-on workshops to put learning into practice.


    Full academic price: £2,475
    Educational discounted price: £1850

    This may be available to students or post-doctoral researchers not eligible for the subsidised rate.

    NCAS subsidised price: £850

    This subsidy is for UK & EU students attending UK universities or students that are supervised by NCAS staff.

    A partial sponsorship may be available for those not eligible for a subsidised rate. Those candidates must declare, upon applying, how much they expect to be able to contribute to the course costs.

    The NCAS subsidised price is the lowest rate that will be offered to any student.

    Attendees from commercial organisations should contact training@ncas.ac.uk to discuss the course fee.

    Once you have been offered a place on this course, you will be asked to pay the course fees via the University of Leeds online store.

    The course fee includes all tuition, activities, materials, accommodation, subsistence and organised social events.

    Travel & accomodation

    Students are asked to arrange and pay for their own transport to and from the summer school.

    You should plan your travel arrangements to ensure that you arrive in good time.

    Students are expected to attend all aspects of the programme.

    Terms and conditions

    By accepting a place on the course, you agree to attend and participate in all aspects of the course.

    You are required to pay in full by credit/debit card or provide a valid purchase order from your organisation, by the confirmation deadline.

    All payments and refunds are processed by the University of Leeds.

    Cancellations of places on courses are subject to a £50 administration fee, where the cancellation is made more than six weeks before the start date of the training course. The remaining balance of the course fee will be refunded.

    No refund is payable for a cancellation made within six weeks immediately prior to the training course – in this event the full course fee will remain payable.
    In the event that a place can be filled by another student, we will refund the full fee (less the £50 administration fee) once the replacement student has paid in full.

    All cancellations must be sent in writing to training@ncas.ac.uk.

    It may be necessary for NCAS to change the content and timing of a course, the staff, the date or the venue. In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled by NCAS, a full refund will be made.

    For all bookings, the liability of NCAS/University of Leeds shall be limited to the amount of the fee actually paid to NCAS/University of Leeds by the delegate.