First Annual Meeting

The first annual meeting will be held November 13-15, 2013, in Utrecht, and the associated WP4 workshop will precede the meeting on November 12-13.

Logistical information


The registration deadline is October 25th. Please register online. If you're not sure if your registration was successful, a list of registrants can be found here.


Do you have some relevant scientific results or that you'd like a chance to share with others? Perhaps a poster leftover from another meeting that might be new to IGAS colleagues? Even if your work is still at the planning stage, some input from colleagues within the project might be helpful. Although no formal poster session is planned, there is the opportunity to display posters at the venue, and with a rather small meeting there should be ample chance at coffee breaks and at lunch to discuss the science casually. So we have an idea of how many boards might be needed, a question has been added to the registration form about this. If you've already registered and know you want to bring a poster, just let us know by email. The boards are 1,02 m wide and 1,80 high, with the bottom half of this height open.

Getting there

Travel directions to KNMI (Utrechtseweg 297, De Bilt) can be found here.

In short: From the train station (probably platform 1 or 2) at Amsterdam Airport ("Schiphol") you can take an Intercity Train to Utrecht. This takes about 30 minutes. From the Bus Station East ("Oost") at Utrecht Central Station you can take a regional bus (="streekbus") to bus stop Tunneltje De Bilt. Bus numbers: 50 (to Driebergen), 52 and 53 (to Zeist) are ok.

  • If you then walk back in the direction of Utrecht along the road you will arrive at the main entrance of KNMI after a few hundred meters.
  • In order to go to the hotel De Biltsche Hoek you have to continue in the direction of the bus but first cross the road by taking the pedestrian tunnel near the bus stop (see the map).

You can also get on the bus near the above hotels located in Utrecht, e.g. at bus stop Oorsprongpark in Utrecht.

Hotel reservations

A block of rooms has been reserved at Hotel der Biltsche Hoek in de Bilt, which is walking distance from KNMI. This block will be reserved until October 22nd, so if you want to book here, please do so quickly. A description of the rooms can be found here, and the rooms can be reserved by sending the completed reservation form to the hotel. The rates are 79,50€/night for an economy room and 89,50€/night for a comfort room. Breakfast is an additional 12,50€ per day.

If you would prefer to stay in the city of Utrecht, which has better dining options, you will have to travel by bus daily to de Bilt, which takes about 10 minutes. The following hotels have been recommended:

Maliestraat 2, Utrecht, Nederland
tel. +31-30 231 6424

Hotel Oorsprongpark
F.C. Donderstraat 12, Utrecht
tel. +31-302716303

Midland Hotel
Arienslaan 1, Utrecht
tel. +31-30 271 58 24

Preliminary agenda:

The agenda for the WP4 workshop is posted below, and is available as a pdf here.

You can download the agenda as a pdf here.

Tuesday, 12.11.2013 12:30 – Wednesday, 13.11.2013 12:00
WP4 meeting (for involved/interested partners)
Wednesday, 13.11.2013
Start 1st annual meeting
From 12:00 Registration, lunch (sponsored)
13:00-13:15 Welcome (Christoph Gerbig, MPI-BGC Jena)
13:15-14:00 Keynote presentation: Satellite Observations of Short-lived Climate Forcers (Presented by Michiel van Weele on behalf of Pieternel Levelt, Head Climate Observations KNMI, Prof. Delft

University of Technology)

15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:00 IGAS WP 1 Management, WP 6 Scientific Coordination, and WP 7 Dissemination and sustainability (Julia Marshall, MPI-BGC Jena)
16:00-17:15 IGAS WP5 Enhancing the IAGOS observational capabilities (Task leaders WP5; 15 min each)
  • 5.2: PTR-MS (Andreas Zahn, KIT)
  • 5.3: BCPD (Karl Beswick, University of Manchester)
  • 5.4: CAPS PMex (Andreas Petzold, Forschungszentrum Jülich)
  • 5.5: Hilase-Hygro (Zoltán Bozóki, Hilase Ltd.)
17:15-17:45 Discussion
17:45-18:00 Meeting logistics (Peter van Velthoven, KNMI)
19:00 Dinner (not sponsored)
Thursday, November 14, 2013
9:00-9:45 Invited talk: Instrumented Commercial Aircraft Fill Big Gaps in Earth System Observations, Process Research and Modelling (Len Barrie, Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University)
9:45-10:30 Invited talk: Evaluation of long term time series using trajectory mapping techniques: Comparison of ozone sondes with MOZAIC in the UTLS (Johannes Staufer, LSCE-IPSL, Paris)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:15 IGAS WP3 update (Marc Pontaud, Météo-France)
11:15-12:00 IGAS WP4 Evaluation and harmonization of data quality in routine aircraft observations (Herman Smit, Research Centre Jülich)
12:00-13:15 Lunch (sponsored)
13:15-14:15 Potential parallel/breakout sessions (by WP, topic...) and Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting (in parallel)
14:15-14:45 Coffee break and Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting (in parallel)
from 14:45 Bus transfer to Utrecht for the social activity: a visit to the Museum Speelklok, a music box/street organ museum.
19:00 Conference Dinner at the restaurant De Witte Zwaan, which is located near KNMI and the hotel in de Bilt. (sponsored)
Friday, November 15, 2013
9:00-10:00 Discussion about addition of new instruments to IAGOS (WP5-related)
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-12:00 General assembly
  • Presentation of outcome of PSC and SAG meetings
  • Voting on any decisions that need to be made
  • Discussion of preparation of periodic report, and annual review meeting
  • Discussion of next meeting
  • Any other topics
12:00 Lunch (sponsored), and the end of the IGAS 1st annual meeting

WP4 Agenda

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
WP4 meeting
12:00-13:00 Registration, lunch (not sponsored)
13:00-13:15 Welcome and adoption of agenda
13:15-13:45 Invited talk: Trajectory Matching: An effective tool to explore the consistency of different ozone data series (Johannes Staufer, LSCE-IPSL, Paris)
13:45-15:15 Implementation QA/QC different instruments in IAGOS (Lead Herman Smit, Research Centre Jülich)
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:45 QA/QC-evaluation of IAGOS Measurements:
16:45-17:45 QA/QC-evaluation of IAGOS Measurements:
17:45-18:15 Discussion
19:30 Dinner (not sponsored)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
9:00-9:45 Consistency-Testing of IAGOS Measurements:
9:45-10:30 Consistency-Testing of IAGOS Measurements:
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:15 Concluding Discussion and Action Plan