Grand Opening of ESSL Research and Training Centre 21 June 2012
The ESSL Research and Training Centre, the venue of the ESSL Testbed, was officially opened on 21 June 2012. After a normal ‘Testbed-day’, the press interviewed not only our ESSL Director Pieter, but also the Testbed participants. The celebration started afterwards with speeches from ESSL partners and guests (see the news article for further details). Finally, Pieter, our ESSL Director, officially declared the Research and Training Centre to be open and started the social part of the evening with sponsored hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
Press interviews ESSL Director Dr. Pieter Groenemeijer.
Press interviews ESSL Testbed 2012 participant Christoph Gatzen.
ESSL staff, partners and guests from left to right: Alois M. Holzer (ESSL Director of Operations), Dimitar Ivanov (Chief of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Regional Office for Europe in Geneva, Switzerland, representing WMO Region VI President Ivan Cacic), Mag. Klaus Schneeberger (Chairman of Club in the provincial parliament of Lower Austria and representing the Governor of Lower Austria, Dr. Erwin Pröll), BA Bernhard Müller (Mayor of the city of Wiener Neustadt), Dr. Fritz Neuwirth (President of the Austrian Meteorological Society and representing the president of the European Meteorological Society, Dominique Marbouty), Dr. Pieter Groenemeijer (ESSL Director) and Dr. Michael Staudinger (Director of the Central Institute fot Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), European EMMA Programme Manager for MeteoAlarm, and ESSL Advisory Councillor).
The ESSL Testbed 2012 participants celebrate, who were still wearing their 'working clothes', since the celebration started immediately after the nowcasting session. Participants from left to right: Jure Cedilnik (Slovenia), Markus Paulat (Germany), Markus Beyer (Germany) and Wolfgang Pöttschacher (Austria).
A brass band plays during the Grand Opening.
The attendant ESSL staff enjoys the Grand Opening. ESSL staff from left to right: Pieter Groenemeijer (ESSL Director), Alois M. Holzer (ESSL Director of Operations), Mathias Stampfl (ESSL ESWD Quality Control), Magdalena Pichler (ESSL Assistant to the Board), Georg Pistotnik (ESSL scientific employee) and Kathrin Riemann-Campe (ESSL Deputy Director).