Organisation and people

In 2023, we continued to embrace our ‘OneECMWF’ culture across our three locations (UK, Germany and Italy) whilst building on the specificities of each duty station.

To create a sense of unity, we provided regular opportunities for staff to get together, socialise and network, in person or virtually, and major milestones were marked simultaneously across our three duty stations.

We launched ‘Life at ECMWF’, a set of online resources created to help new staff familiarise themselves with corporate services and processes such as procurement, event organisation, and contract management for EU-funded programmes.

In line with our four-year programme, we continued modernising our Human Resources functions, regulations and policies to align them with our strategic requirements, and to move from a heavily transactional model to an efficient business partnering model.

Various measures from our Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (DE&I) Action Plan were implemented, intended particularly to help support gender equality and encourage female job applicants, and create a more diverse, inclusive and flexible working environment. Provisions for paid and unpaid parental leave were updated to give staff greater choice in how they share parenting responsibilities as well as flexibility in when they take such leave. We also changed our recruitment policy to enable us to offer part-time and job-share positions.

We ran our first DE&I staff survey in October. The results will be used to prepare the next Action Plan and build a DE&I Network. This network will create opportunities for staff to share ideas and contribute to the action plan.

Early in 2023, we welcomed four research graduates to be hosted by ECMWF for two years as part of the Early Career Fellowship Programme that we run in collaboration with the German meteorological service DWD and the Center for Earth System Observation and Computational Analysis (CESOC) at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne and the Forschungszentrum Jülich. The vacancies for this first cohort of fellows attracted applications from over 100 young scientists from ECMWF Member and Co-operating States.

Other measures to promote collaboration and teamworking across ECMWF and our Member States included work on a new ECMWF internship programme.

Katerina Anesiadou, Luise Schulte, Florentine Weber and Paolo Andreozzi (left to right) met in January at the DWD headquarters in Offenbach, Germany.

Early Career Fellows

Katerina Anesiadou, Luise Schulte, Florentine Weber and Paolo Andreozzi (left to right) met in January at the DWD headquarters in Offenbach, Germany.

MSc Meteorology students from the University of Reading visited our headquarters, where they had the opportunity to meet scientists and understand more about the work we do.

Collaboration with academia

MSc Meteorology students from the University of Reading visited our headquarters, where they had the opportunity to meet scientists and understand more about the work we do.

Three host countries, one ECMWF

In Reading, we continued to work with the UK Government on our new headquarters, which will be located on the campus of the University of Reading. The main contractor was appointed, and the design of the new building was presented to our staff in November. The completion and handover of the new building is projected to take place in June 2026.

Our current site will remain operational until all activities are transferred to the new site, in line with our decommissioning plan.

In Bonn, we worked with the German authorities to increase the capacity of our interim offices and accommodate a fast-growing team. The original layout was redesigned to include an additional floor. The new refurbished area will be completed early 2024. Work on our new facilities continued to progress, and the final design was presented to staff in October. The first stone will be laid in June 2024, with the building expected to be completed in April 2027.

In Bologna, our data centre is now in full operation with facilities spreading over three halls. A fourth hall is currently under development to become a state-of-the art conference centre. The project is led by the Emilia-Romagna regional authorities and scheduled to be completed in July 2024. This welcome addition to the Tecnopolo complex will provide us with new opportunities to host large events on site.

Staff in Reading mark the successful forecasting system upgrade to IFS Cycle 48r1.

Celebrating staff achievements and showcasing our work

Staff in Reading mark the successful forecasting system upgrade to IFS Cycle 48r1.

Bologna staff welcome a delegation from the Emilia-Romagna region and present our supercomputing facilities and operations.

Bologna staff welcome a delegation from the Emilia-Romagna region and present our supercomputing facilities and operations.

Staff in Bonn present our Copernicus activities at ‘Europatag’, organised every year by the city of Bonn to showcase European initiatives.

Staff in Bonn present our Copernicus activities at ‘Europatag’, organised every year by the city of Bonn to showcase European initiatives.

ECMWF staff

As an international organisation, we are proud of our multicultural environment. At the end of 2023, we had 475 members of staff from 35 different countries.

Number of staff by duty station:

  • Reading 273
  • Bonn 162
  • Bologna 40

 

During the year, we hosted:

  • 8 visiting scientists:
    • 3 from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
    • 1 from Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), Germany
    • 1 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich/Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL (ETH/WSL), Switzerland
    • 1 from the University of Reading, UK
    • 1 from the University of Freiburg, Germany
    • 1 from the University of Maryland (UMD/CISESS), USA
  • 3 EUMETSAT Fellows from the United Kingdom
  • 1 WMO Fellow from the Maldives
  • 3 graduate trainees from Ireland and the United Kingdom
  • 4 DWD Early Career Fellows from Germany, Greece and Italy
Strengthening the ‘One ECMWF’ culture through sport
In Reading, every summer, our football tournament brings staff, family and friends of all ages together.

#OneECMWF

In Reading, every summer, our football tournament brings staff, family and friends of all ages together.

In Bonn, our team joins the ‘Firmenlauf’ charity race.

In Bonn, our team joins the ‘Firmenlauf’ charity race.

In Bologna, ECMWF is represented at the annual StraBologna all-inclusive event.

In Bologna, ECMWF is represented at the annual StraBologna all-inclusive event.

Investment in ECMWF

ECMWF continued to invest in staff, infrastructure and systems to provide the highest quality products to Member and Co-operating States.

The 35 Member and Co-operating States of ECMWF are the principal source of finance for the Centre, with contributions totalling £62.5 million in 2023, representing a large proportion of the Centre’s funding. External organisations supported both core research and the complementary goals of the centre with funding of £71.2 million. Revenue from sales of data and products provided additional income of just under £13.7 million, while other operating revenue totalled £9.4 million.

ECMWF continued to invest in staff, infrastructure and systems to provide the highest quality products to Member and Co-operating States.

ECMWF continued to invest in its staff, infrastructure and systems to provide the highest quality products to its Member and Co-operating States. The main areas of expenditure, including capital investment of £8.5 million principally for IT and infrastructure, were as follows: remuneration and related items (£32.1 million), pension schemes (£13.7 million), computer expenses (£27.3 million), buildings (£11.1 million) and other operating activities (£4.9 million). Costs associated with externally funded projects amounted to £57.7 million and net finance costs were £10.5 million.

ECMWF’s budget remains on a cash basis and the Financial Statements include a reconciliation of the results under IPSAS and in cash terms. Under cash accounting, the Centre generated a surplus of £5.9 million in 2023, which is available either for future investment or distribution to Member States according to a decision to be made by the Council in 2024.

Note: all numbers exclude Centre tax.