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Workshops on Extremal Trends in Weather (WET Weather)

Join us in 2019 and 2020 for two Workshops on Extremal Trends in Weather (WET Weather) to discuss the suitability of data and methods for a better understanding of rare and hazardous events in a warming climate.

The most hazardous weather events are by nature rare and one of the greatest challenges for climate researchers is the societal request for information about changes to the frequency and magnitudes of extreme events and consequential risks to communities and the environment in decades to come.

In view of the release of the 2018 UK climate projections (the UKCP18), our first workshop, held in Gregynog from 29 April to 1 May 2019, will provide a forum for discussing the suitability of data and methods to answer questions around future extreme events.

A second workshop will be organised in 2020.

Confirmed speakers


  • Simon Brown (Lead Scientist and Climate Extremes Research Manager at the UK Met Office)
  • Hayley Fowler (Professor of Climate Change Impacts, Newcastle University)
  • Philippe Naveau (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, FR)
  • David Stephenson (Director of the Exeter Climate Systems (XCS) research centre)
  • Jonathan Tawn (Director of STOR-i, Lancaster, UK)
  • Chen Zhou (Erasmus University of Rotterdam/De Nederlandsche Bank)


  • Gabriele Hegerl (Professor of Climate System Science, University of Edinburgh)
  • Douglas Maraun (Head of Regional Climate Modelling Group, Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, Graz, AT)
  • Claudia Neves (Lecturer in Theoretical Probability/Statistics, University of Reading, EPSCR Innovation Fellowship in Forecasting Multiple Hazards)
  • Holger Rootzen (Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, University of Gothenburg)
  • Thordis Thorarinsdottir (Chief Research Scientist, Norwegian Computing Center)


The 2019 workshop will start at 15:30 on 29 April and will end with lunch at 13:30 on 1 May.


Register on Eventbrite to attend the 2019 workshop.

The registration fee of £190 for the 2019 event covers the accommodation for two nights at Gregynog and all meals during the event. We have a limited amount of funding available to support early career researchers. Please email to Kirstin Strokorb at if you require support.


Gregynog Hall
Gregynog Hall. Photo: ©Kirstin Strokorb

Building a shared understanding of the challenges at hand, elucidating opportunities and fostering working relationships is a major goal of this workshop series.

To facilitate the learning and reflection, we will hold our workshops in the heart of the beautiful Welsh countryside at Gregynog, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Travel information

Via public transport

The closest airport is Birmingham International. There are regular trains from Birmingham International and other UK cities to Newtown (Wales). More information available on the Great Western Railway website. Ahead of the meeting, we will enquire about your arrival time at the station so that we can arrange to pick you up from there.

By car

Instructions are available on Gregynog's website.


Dr Kirstin Strokorb

Dr Kirstin Strokorb


+44 (0)29 2068 8833
Dr Marie Ekström

Dr Marie Ekström

Research Fellow in Climate Change Impacts

+44(0) 29 2068 8788
Professor Owen Jones

Professor Owen Jones

Chair in Operational Research

029 2251 0253