Final project meeting

The final QWeCI project meeting will be held in Barcelona hosted by IC3 from May 16th-18th 2013. The final conference programme is now available below.

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Conference programme


Registration and accommodation

Venue and travel arrangements

Evening activities


Who will be attending

Conference Programme

Here is the conference programme including details of the meeting agenda: QWeCI final conference programme


Here are the science talks from the final QWeCI meeting:

"The Barkedji pilot project: entomological findings on malaria vectors" Ibrahima Dia, El Hadji Malick Ngom, Jacques-Andre Ndione, Yamar Ba & Mawlouth Diallo Institut Pasteur de Dakar Centre de Suivi Ecologique


   Barcelona science talk Dia

 "Statistical modelling of Rift Valley Fever vectors abundance in a Sahelian area (Barkedji, Senegal,West Africa)" Cheikh Talla, Yamar Ba, Jacques A. Ndione, Ibrahima Dia, Mawlouth Diallo


  Barcelona science talk Talla

"Landsat derived environmental metric for mapping mosquitoes breeding habitats in Nkomazi district, South Africa" Adeola Abiodun M University of Pretoria 


  Barcelona science talk Abiodun

 "Rainfall and RVF emergence in Senegal: beyond twenty years of investigations, lessons learned and perspectives" Jacques A. Ndione


   Barcelona science talk Ndione

"Disease, Documents and Discourse in Eastern Africa" Laragh Larsen Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


   Barcelona science talk Larsen

"The Malaria Early Warning System developed under QWeCI: achievements and perspectives" Francesca Di-Giuseppe Anne Jones Adrian M Tompkins ECMWF, UniLiverpool, ICTP


   Barcelona science talk Di Giuseppe

 "Malaria model development: First principles" OJ Botai University of Pretoria


   Barcelona science talk Botai

 "PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT OF ECMWF SYSTEM-4 FORECASTS WITH THE LIVERPOOL MALARIA MODEL" Anne Jones, Dave Macleod, Jon Lauderdale, Francesca Di-Giuseppe and Andy Morse University of Liverpool


   Barcelona science talk Jones



   Barcelona science talk Basing 1



   Barcelona science talk Basing 2

 "Modeling the Hydrological dynamic of the ponds in Barkédji’s zone" Mamadou BOP1, Ousmane SEIDOU 2, Cheikh Mouhamed Fadel KEBE3, Jacques André NDIONE4 , Soussou SAMBOU1 (1) Laboratoire d’hydraulique, Faculté des Sciences, Dakar, Sénégal, (2) Département Génie Civil, Ottawa, Canada (3) Centre International de formation et de Recherche en Energie Solaire, Dakar, Sénégal (4) Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Dakar, Sénégal


   Barcelona science talk Bop

 "Impact of climate change on malaria transmission in Africa: the good, the bad and the unknown" Caminade Cyril School of Environmental Sciences – Institue of Infection & Global Health. University of Liverpool


   Barcelona science talk Caminade

 "Climate and health : observation and modeling malaria in Ferlo (Senegal)" Ibrahima Diouf, Abdoulaye Deme, Jacques-Andre Ndione, Amadou Thierno Gaye, Fonseca-Rodriguez Belen


   Barcelona science talk Diouf

 "Seasonal-to-decadal prediction of the West African monsoon" Javier García-Serrano IC3 (Barcelona), LOCEAN-IPSL (Paris)


   Barcelona science talk García-Serrano

 "Is the Northern Shift in Malaria in South Africa Climate Related? – Some Preliminary Results from LMM(2004)" Kibii Komen University of Pretoria Co-Authors: Olwoch J. and Adeola AM


   Barcelona science talk Komen

 "SEASONAL PREDICTION OF THE INTRASEASONAL VARIABILITY OF THE WEST AFRICAN MONSOON PRECIPITATION" Luis Ricardo Lage Rodrigues Francisco Doblas-Reyes, Javier Garcia-Serrano Climate Forecasting Unit (CFU) Institut Català de Ciències del Clima (IC3)


   Barcelona science talk Rodrigues

 "Skill and economic benefits of dynamical downscaling of ECMWF ENSEMBLE seasonal forecast over southern Africa with RegCM4" Gulilat Tefera Diro and Adrian Tompkins Earth System Physics Section The Abdus Salam ICTP


   Barcelona science talk Tefera Diro

 "VECTRI - A high resolution regional malaria transmission model and its use in a pilot seasonal forecast system at ECMWF" Adrian M Tompkins Earth System Physics, ICTP, Trieste, Italy Francesca Di Giuseppe, ECMWF Volker Ermert, UoC Ernest Asare, KNUST/ICTP


   Barcelona science talk Tompkins

Registration and accommodation details

Please note there is no registration fee for the final project meeting, however, registration is required. To register to attend this meeting, please notify Peris Roberts at the QWeCI Project Office:

When registering please could you also advise of any special dietary and/or accessibility requirements, and whether you would be interested in the evening historical tour - see Evening activities

There are two accommodation options available at discounted rates (note that both have different booking deadlines):

Accommodation is available at the Confortel Barcelona where the meeting is being held. Forty discounted rooms (arriving on or after May 15th and departing on or before May 19th) are available on a first-come first-served basis at a rate of €130 + 10% VAT per room per  night for a single room including breakfast and €140 + 10% VAT per room per night for a double room including breakfast. A tourist tax of €1.21 per person per night is also payable. To book these rooms please contact Sheila Rodriguez at the hotel providing first name, surname, arrival and departure date, credit card number as the booking guarantee. Do not contact the hotel reception as they will be unaware of this rate. These rooms must be booked by April 15th 2013.

A block booking of 10 rooms only has been made at the Holiday Inn Express, which is about a 10 minute walk from the Confortel. At the Holiday Inn Express rooms are € 82 VAT included, and breakfast and wifi also included. There is a tourist tax of € 0.72 per person and night. The deadline to book is April 22nd. To book, send an e-mail to stating your first name, surname, check in and check out dates, credit card number and its expiry date, and reference the QWeCI project.

Of course you are also free to make your own accommodation arrangements elsewhere!


Venue and travel arrangements

The project meeting will be held at the Confortel Barcelona

Public transport: Aerobus and underground. First you have to take a bus called Aerobus from the airport - you can buy your ticket from the staff at the bus stop (cash only payment), at the automatic sales machines (payment by credit card) or by paying the bus driver (cash only). Notes of up to €20 only are accepted. There are two alternatives:

  • Single ticket: € 5.90 valid for one person and his/her luggage and valid up to one hour after purchasing.
  • Return ticket: € 10.20 valid for person and his/her luggage. Valid GOING up to 1 hour after purchasing and valid RETURN up to 9 days after purchasing. You must keep the ticket in order to exchange it for the return ticket trip.

More information available:

After the bus you will have to take the underground and the price of a single ticket is €2.

Evening activities

Professor Mariano Barriendos has kindly offered to host a historical walking tour of Barcelona:  Barcelona historical tour

The attached presentation provides information about this optional tour which will run for up to 3 hours in the evening. Please note that places will be limited and details are still being finalised - it would be useful if you could advise when registering whether or not this tour would be of interest.

A final project dinner is being organised and will be held at 9pm on Friday May 17th. This will be open to all including those who have participated in the historical tour. Details are still being finalised and more information will be provided in due course.‌


 If you would like to present a science talk on May 17th, please could you complete the following information and return to

  1. Name
  2. Email contact address
  3. Institutional address
  4. Names of co-authors (if applicable)
  5. Title of proposed presentation (12 words maximum)
  6. Abstract (200 words maximum)

Please note that late abstracts may not be considered.

Who will be attending

Below is a list of those who have registered to attend the final meeting:

 Institution  Attendees
 External Panel

 Laragh Larsen

 Nadège Martiny

 Nick Ogden

 Jan Polcher

 University of Liverpool

 Matthew Baylis

 Cyril Caminade

 Anne Jones

 Andy Heath

 Jonathan Lauderdale

 Andrew McCaldon

 Marie McIntyre 

 Andy Morse

 Peris Roberts

 Centre de Suivi Ecologique

 Taibou Ba

 Jacques André Ndione

 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas

 Rodrigo García Manzanas

 José Manuel Gutiérrez Llorente

 Antonio Santiago Cofiño

 European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

 Francesca Di Giuseppe

 Fundació Privada Institut Català de Ciències del Clima

 Isabel Andreu-Burillo

 Lauriane Batté

 Aida Pintó Biescas

 Melanie Davis

 Francisco Doblas-Reyes

 Carlos J Dommar

 Javier Garcia-Serrano

 Emiliano Gelati

 Cristina Gonzales Haro

 Fabian Lienert

 Rachel Lowe

 Laura Martinez

 Josep-Anton Morgui

 Marguerite Robinson

 Xavier Rodó

 Luis Ricardo Lage Rodrigues

 Danila Volpi

 The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

 Adrian Tompkins

 Marco Zennaro

 International Livestock Research Institute


 Institut Pasteur de Dakar

 Ibrahima Dia

 Mawlouth Diallo

 Cheikh Talla

 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

 Leonard Amekudzi

 Sammy Tay

 Anthony Wihibeturo Basing

 University Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

 Mamadou Bop

 Ahmed Tidjane Cissé 

 Abdoulaye Deme

 Ibrahima Diouf

 Cheikh Mouhamed Fadel Kebe

 University of Malawi (Polytechnic & College of Medicine)  Mayamiko Nkoloma
 Universitaet zu Koeln

 Volker Ermert

 Andreas Fink

 University of Pretoria

 Adeola Abiodun

 Joel Botai

 Kibii Komen

 Other  David Macleod