About ISDA2016

The fifth International Symposium on Data Assimilation (ISDA) is set to take place on the 18th-22nd July, 2016, at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, home to the Data Assimilation Research Centre. The ISDA 2016, follows the success of the ISDA 2015 held at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS), Kobe, Japan and previous symposia held in Germany ( LMU (2014) , DWD (2012-2013)). The symposium will bring together about 150 researchers and consist of invited talks from leading scientists, short oral presentations with extended discussion, and extended poster sessions.

attendees at ISDA2016. Copywrite Stephen Burt

Important dates

  • First call: November 2015
  • Second call: December 2015
  • Abstract deadline: 19th February 2016
  • Open registration: February 2016
  • Speakers confirmed and program made available: April 2016
  • Close early registration: 13th May 2016
  • Close registration: 1st July 2016
  • Conference itself 18-22 July 2016

Abstracts are invited on topics including:
  • mathematics of DA
  • characterization of errors
  • advances in methodology
  • advances in operational systems
  • satellite DA
  • assessing the impact of observations
  • DA for coupled systems
  • convective scale DA
  • DA for systematic model improvement

18-22 July


Oral and Poster

Plenary Speakers

Milija Zupanski

Colorado State University

Andrew Stuart

University of Warwick, UK

Nikki Prive


Gerald Desroziers

Meteo France

Jean-François Caron

Environment Canada

Marc Bocquet

École des Ponts ParisTech

Loïk Berre

Meteo France

Registration is open and will remain open until 1st July 2016.

The costs for the conference are as follows: The costs of the conference have been heavily subsidised by our generous sponsors. The fees for daily attendance include lunch and refreshments.

Submit an abstract

Deadline 19th February 2016

Abstract submission is now closed.

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Tuesday 19 July

Registration in Agriculture Foyer.

Coffee available in 1L06

Coffee available in 1L06
Lunch available in 1L06
Coffee available in 1L06
Coffee available in 1L06

Thursday 21 July

Registration in Agriculture Foyer.

Coffee available in 1L06

Coffee available in 1L06
Lunch available in 1L06
Coffee available in 1L06
Coffee available in 1L06

Event Sponsors

Event FAQs

No, the conference will be fully equipped to display PDF and powerpoint presentations. Feel free to use your own laptop if you would rather.
A0 posters are preferred.
If you would like to have your poster printed in Reading and delivered directly to the conference, we have arranged with a local company to provide this service. A0 posters cost £13.25 - please contact reading@hobsrepro.com directly to arrange the payment and your requirements. Be sure to tell them you are attending ISDA2016 to get that price and the delivery to the conference venue. The company's website can be found at www.print-room.co.uk.
Please contact the organisers by email (below) who can help you individually.
Keynote lectures will be 40 minutes long plus 10 minutes allowed for questions.
Short talks will be 15 minutes long plus 5 minutes allowed for questions.
If your poster is in the Monday session: please put up your poster on the Monday morning and take it down by the end of Tuesday.
If your poster is in the Wednesday session: please put up your poster on the Wednesday morning and take it down by the end of Thursday
Overnight accommodation for delegates will be in the Stenton Halls of residence (see campus map). Please collect room keys from Park Group Reception, located on the ground floor of Windsor Hall (adjacent to Stenton Halls, see attached campus map).

Keys are available from 10:00am and reception is staffed until 20:00. A phone is available outside of reception for late arrivals. Please use the hotline telephone which will put you though to a member of the security team who will give you your room key and direct you to your room.

Please contact the halls hotline for out of hour’s emergencies on 0118 378 7777.

There will be a general information document in each bedroom. Please vacate the bedroom by 9.30am on the day of departure. There is a charge for lost key cards and/or room keys. There is no luggage storage facility at Park Group, but we will be able to store luggage at the conference location.

Breakfast will be served in Eat at the Square from 07:30am until 09:00am on Central Whiteknights campus (Building 7 on the attached Campus map, approximately 10 minutes walk from Stenton Halls and about 10 minutes from the Agriculture building).

There are lots of good restaurants in the Oracle Centre in central Reading, which will cater for all tastes and budgets. See the map for the location.
For more detailed restaurant information, see Tripadvisor: Tripadvisor Reading Restaurants.
Please contact the organisers via email (below).

Event Location

University of Reading
Agriculture Building
Reading, UK
Email: organisers@isda2016.net

All talks will take place in the Madejeski Lecture Theatre

Posters will be presented in rooms 1L04 and 1L08

Coffee and Lunches will be served in 1L06

Getting to Reading

University of Reading
Agriculture Building
Reading, UK
Email: organisers@isda2016.net

Detailed information on how to access to the University of Reading and Whiteknight campus can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/visit-us.aspx
By air, the closest major airport to the University of Reading is London Heathrow, and coaches run to and from Reading train station every 20-30 minutes, taking approximately 55 minutes. See www.railair.com for more information.
Other airports with direct connections to Reading include London Gatwick (75 minute train, hourly), Southampton Airport (45 minute train, every 30 minutes)


We have booked a large, but limited, number of rooms on campus for delegates at ISDA2016. Accommodation costs must be covered by the participants themselves. On campus en-suite accommodation, will be £61 per night for bed and breakfast. Accommodation should be booked at the time of registration.

Click here for details of the rooms available in Stenton Hall

Student support

We are pleased to be able to offer financial support for up to 10 students wishing to attend the ISDA 2016. We will cover the cost of 5 night’s bed and breakfast at the University of Reading on campus en-suite accommodation (worth £305). Further details are given on the application form which can be downloaded by clicking here. Completed forms should be returned to studentsupport@isda2016.net. Please contact us via this email address if you have any questions about the application process.

Contact Us

To contact us, please email at organisers@isda2016.net