Climate forecasting for energy: Online workshop


The S2S4E project, together with the Open Energy Modelling initiative is hosting a free 1-day workshop on "Climate forecasting for energy" on Friday 4 December 2020, from 10:00-18:00 (CET). The workshop seeks to support the uptake and use of climate information in the energy sector and energy modelling.

Renewable energy is widely seen as a major step towards achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement. However, renewable energy production is weather-dependent.

Sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) climate forecasts on timescales of weeks to months ahead have the potential to support the management and operation of renewable systems.

This workshop therefore seeks to address the challenges in the use of climate data (particularly S2S forecasts) in energy applications by discussing:

  • the science basis of climate forecasting,
  • the use of climate data in energy modelling and decision making, and
  • state-of-the-art research advances in the use of climate data in energy modelling.

Scientific organising committee: David Brayshaw and Hannah Bloomfield (University of Reading); Robbie Morrison, Ekaterina Kasilova, Alex Kies, Anne Fouilloux and Martin Dorenkamper (OpenMod); Isadora Jimenez, Albert Soret and Andria Nicodemou (Barcelona Supercomputing Center); Erlend Hermansen and Jana Sillmann (CICERO).


Morning: The S2S4E project: Science and results from a major new climate-forecasting programme, specifically tailored for the energy sector

10:00 – Welcome
10:05 – An overview of climate information and its application to energy
11:10 – Panel discussion: Supporting the use of climate forecasts in energy
11:30 – Break
12:00 – Research advances and emerging opportunities

13:00 – Lunch break and poster session

Afternoon: Joint session - S2S4E/OpenMod: Climate forecasting for energy-modelling - science, tools, models, issues and data

14:00 – Welcome
14:10 – Practical use of climate data for energy
15:00 – Break
15:30 – Research presentations
16:20 – Panel discussion

17:00-18:00 – After workshop virtual drinks + poster session

For a more detailed programme, please see the event Agenda.

Registration information

The event is free, however prior registration is required. Please REGISTER here.


Throughout the day and at the lunch break, an interactive poster session will be available. All participants are invited to share their research on the use of climate information in energy-system applications and models.

To participate with a poster, please indicate this in the event registration form. Submissions should be sent to by 27th November.

Afternoon session talks

If you wish to present your work at the afternoon session, please indicate this in the OpenMod forum. The call for presentations will close at 17:00 CET on Friday 27th November.

After workshop virtual drinks

After the presentations close, participants are invited to use this session to network, continue informal discussion, contact presenters, and view posters for an additional hour, until 18:00 CET. The platform used for networking and posters will be