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Newton Fund WCSSP Programme news

The Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Programme comprises projects to develop partnerships harnessing UK scientific expertise to build the basis for strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to weather and climate variability, supported by the UK government's Newton Fund.

Read all the latest news from the WCSSP programme including press releases on the latest science, case studies and blogs. You can get also keep up-to-date on programme news via twitter and LinkedIn.

WCSSP Southeast Asia research opportunity - January 2018

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST PROCESS NOW OPEN. We are inviting UK researchers to register their interest in an upcoming research grant opportunity in Southeast Asia. Submissions will be sought on the 'Vertical structure of weather over Southeast Asia'

The weather of Southeast Asia is dominated by convective activity which is strongly influenced by both local and large scale processes. The research will work on understanding the nature of weather events in the region with a key focus on vertical processes and structures as captured in global and convection permitting (CP) models. The overall aim is to identify model processes that play a key role in weather representation and work towards improving these in both parameterised and CP models. The call for applications will open mid-February.

CSSP China market engagement event – 12 January 2018

The CSSP China team held a market engagement event in London earlier this week to discuss the themes, challenges and expectations of six upcoming research opportunities. This event was full to capacity and provided an excellent opportunity to engage with potential research partners and collaborate on developing the content of the research opportunities.

Details of the research opportunities will be available in due course on our calls web page. Follow us on Twitter @metofficeww to keep up to date.

Royal visitor to CSSP China stand at UK-China Science and Innovation Forum - December 2017

The CSSP China team took part in the UK-China Science and Innovation Forum at the Royal Society, London, on 6 December. The event was hosted by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST). It included the formal launch of the new UK-China Joint Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation by UK and Chinese Ministers.


Chinese Vice Premier, Madame Liu Yandong, led the Chinese delegation. HRH Prince Andrew, Jo Johnson, UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser at BEIS were also present. Prince Andrew and Jo Johnson were among the visitors to the CSSP China stand where they discussed climate, collaboration and the WCSSP Programme.

Blog: Science exchanges foster collaboration and understanding - December 2017

As the UK-China Science and Innovation Forum was taking place, our CSSP China project manager shared stories from UK and Chinese scientists that have undertaken science exchanges as part of the project. Collaboration is a fundamental component of the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership programme.

Read more in the blog

CSSP China 2018 market engagement - November 2017

JANUARY 2018 EVENT - register now.  In January we are holding a market engagement event around six upcoming CSSP China calls. The event will explore and discuss the themes, challenges and expectations of the research opportunities and attendees will be able to provide inputs to the content development of the research opportunities, directly question work package leads and learn more about bid and ODA best practice. To find out more about CSSP China and the proposed projects, visit our project pages. If you would like to attend, please email the programme team.

WCSSP Southeast Asia call - November 2017

CALL CLOSED: UK researchers were invited to apply for a Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership research grant - Tropical Error Covariances for Data Assimilation. The project will focus on data assimilation in the tropics with an overall aim to improve weather forecasting over Southeast Asia. To learn more visit our research opportunities page

CSSP Brazil call - October 2017

CALL CLOSED: UK researchers were invited to apply for a research grant under the Climate Science for Service Partnership for Brazil. The ability of different modelling systems to represent the processes and drivers associated with sub-seasonal variations of rainfall over Brazil is of key interest to enable useful information to be gained from models on timescales from days to seasons to centuries. Submissions were sought on analysis of the processes and predictability of rainfall variability over Brazil in GCMs. To learn more visit our research opportunities page

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