The Summer School on "Clouds and Precipitation: Observation and Processes" provides theoretical and practical training on clouds and precipitation (instrumentation, retrieval and processes). Participants will benefit from a hands-on training with the instruments from the JOYCE site (microwave radiometer, scanning cloud radar, micro rain radar, wind lidar, sodar, infrared spectrometer) and the polarimetric twin radars in Bonn and Jülich. Specific lectures on different instrumental techniques, data assimilation and climate processes will be held by the experts of the field. During group work, open discussions and social events participants will have the opportunity to discuss with the external lecturers and strengthen their network.

The Summer School is organized by EU-funded network ITARS and represents the sequel of the Summer School on "Remote Sensing of Clouds and Precipitation" organized by the Hans Ertel Centre of Weather Research (HErZ) held in Bonn 2013.


  • Athanasios Nenes (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Christine Chiu (University of Reading)
  • Dave Turner (NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, USA)
  • Domenico Cimini (CNR IMAA, Italy)
  • Herman Russchenberg (TUDelft)
  • Pavlos Kollias (McGill University, Canada)
  • Tammy M. Weckwerth (National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA)
  • Thijs Heus (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Ulrich Löhnert (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Vincenzo Levizzani (CNR ISAC, Italy)

Apart from the ITaRS fellows the school is open for 15 PhD students and young post-docs in the field of Atmospheric Sciences. The participation fee is €600, incl. scientific and social activities, material, lunch and coffee. Accomodation in Jülich will cost approximately €50 per day. Travel and accomodation costs are not included in the fee. Up to six travel grants are available, please indicate in the application. 
Please send your application (motivation letter and CV) in a single pdf-file to by May 31. You will be notified about your acceptance or rejection within June