Ozone, UV and Aerosol studies


The programme tries to serve both an interested journalist or policy maker and the ozone researcher. An introductory session will explain the highlights and challenges in ozone research and instruments measuring ozone and will be digestable by a broad audience. A round table with the possibility to interact with a panel of international ozone experts (NL/FR/ENG) is also organised. For more experienced researchers, a time block is reserved for a dedicated session on the recent developments and highlights in ozone research.

The final program can be found here.


Welcome (10h)

  • 10:00 - 10:05: Daniel Gellens (General Director of the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) of Belgium)

Morning session: "50 years of ozone research: highlights and challenges"

  • 10:05 - 10:30: Sophie Godin-Beekmann (president of the International Ozone Commission):"The important role of ozone in the atmosphere (UNEP+TOAR)"
  • 10:30 - 10:50: Dirk De Muer/Hugo De Backer (RMI): "50 years of ozonesonde measurements at Uccle: history"
  • 10:50 - 11:00: Roeland Van Malderen (RMI): "The importance of the Uccle ozone time series in ozone research"
  • 11:00 - 11:15: Petteri Taalas (WMO Secretary-General): "The WMO and its support to ozone research"
  • 11:15 - 11:30: Martine De Mazière (co-chair of the Network for Detection of Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change, NDACC): "The NDACC and its essential contributions to ozone research"
  • 11:30 - 11:45: Herman Smit (World Calibration Centre for Ozone Sondes, WCCOS): "Achievements and future challenges for the WCCOS"
  • 11:45 - 12:00: Anne Thompson (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center): "SHADOZ and the Special Role of Tropical Ozonesonde Data"

Round table with the media (12:00 - 12:30)

Possibility for the media to interact with a panel of international ozone experts


Launch of an ozone sounding (12:30)

Lunch (12:45 - 14:00)

Afternoon Session: "Recent developments in ozone research and measuring ozone"

  • 14:00 - 14:20: Guy Brasseur (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg): "History of ozone research: how the vertical profile of ozone was established"
  • 14:20 - 14:40: Federico Fierli (EUMETSAT): "Ozone monitoring from space and the EUMETSAT contribution"
  • 14:40 - 15:00: Piet Stammes (KNMI): "Tropospheric ozone monitoring from space with TROPOMI"
  • 15:00 - 15:20: Valérie Thouret (CNRS - Laboratoire d'Aérologie & Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse): "IAGOS: 25 years of tropospheric ozone monitoring on board of commercial aircraft"
  • 15:20 - 15:40: Daan Hubert (BIRA): "Ozone research at the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy"
  • 15:40 - 16:00: Guy Brasseur (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg): "Ozone and climate change"

Possibility to visit the site (ozone sounding labo, weather office)