Early Career Researchers (ECR) Symposium and WCRP/SPARC workshop on “WCRP Grand Challenges and Regional Climate Change”

Korean Polar Research Institute, Incheon, South Korea
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 to Friday, 20 October 2017

Motivation and goals

Local Workshop on “WCRP Grand Challenges and Regional Climate Change”

SPARC (Stratosphere‐troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) is a core project of the WCRP (World Climate Research Program), coordinating international efforts to bring knowledge of the stratosphere‐troposphere system to bear on relevant issues in climate variability and prediction. Much of SPARC‐related sciences are directly linked to the WCRP Grand Challenges (GCs), particularly the GCs on “Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity”, “Weather and Climate Extremes”, “Melting Ice and Global Consequences”, “Near‐term Climate Prediction”, and “Carbon Feedbacks in the Climate System”.

This SPARC‐sponsored workshop aims to:

  1. Identify the SPARC‐related research topics of relevance to Asia,
  2. Bring international and Asian scientists together for active interactions and collaborations, and
  3. Promote capacity development in Asia.

ECR Symposium

A half-day symposium for early career researchers (ECRs) is organised as a part of the SPARC local workshop. This symposium consists of a series of invited lectures from distinguished scientists and poster presentations from ECR on broad issues of SPARC-related sciences and regional climate change. ECR from Asian and Oceanian countries are encouraged to join the symposium to extend their research horizon through active discussion with leading international scientists.

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Please join us for a lively and stimulating workshop and ECR symposium.

Programme: agenda and abstract booklet

Early Career Researchers (ECR) Symposium: 18 October 2017 (afternoon)
Local Workshop: 19-20 October 2017

Download Programme for the Local Workshop .
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Invited Speakers:

ECR Symposium:

Marvin Geller (Stony Brook University, USA)
Michaela Hegglin (University of Reading, UK)
Harry Hendon (BoM, Australia)

Local Workshop:

Keynote speaker: In-Sik Kang (WCRP JSC)

Theme 1: Stratosphere-troposphere interaction
Wen Chen (IAP, China)
Hye-Young Chun (Yonsei University, Korea)
Shigeo Yoden (Kyoto University, Japan)

Theme 2: WCRP Grand Challenges (“Melting Ice and Global Consequences”, “Weather and Climate Extremes”, and others)
Seung-Ki Min (POSTECH, Korea)
Jinro Ukita (Niigata University, Japan)
Sujong Jeong (SUSTech, China)

Theme 3: Regional climate change and variability
Hyun-Suk Kang (NIMS, Korea)
Xiu-Qun Yang (Nanjing University, China)

Organising committees

Scientific Organising Committee (SOC)

Seok-Woo Son (South Korea)
Gufran Beig (India)
Kaoru Sato (Japan)
Tianjun Zhou (China)

Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Baek-Min Kim (KOPRI)
Seok-Woo Son (SNU)
Yu-Kyung Hyun (NIMS)
Changhyun Yoo (EWU, ECR symposium)
Joowan Kim (KNU, ECR symposium)

Abstracts and registration


Please use this template to submit your abstract by email to *protected email*.


Workshop registration is a two-step process. First, please complete the Regional Workshop registration form here. Then, please pay the registration fee through this separate page here.

A separate registration is needed for the ECR symposium although there is no registration fee.

Travel support:

Partial or full travel support will be available for the ECR symposium and local workshop for ECR from developing countries.

If you need financial support, please indicate the type of financial support you need and upload the supporting documents on the registration webpages for the ECR symposium and WCRP/SPARC workshop.

Please note that the applications for travel support are due by 1 August 2017. All applicants also need to submit an abstract for the ECR poster presentation.

The selected recipients for travel support will be notified by mid August.

Please contact Joowan Kim (*protected email*) or Changhyun Yoo (*protected email*) for additional inquiries on travel support and the ECR symposium.


The workshop will be held at the Korean Polar Institute (KOPRI), Incheon, Republic of Korea.


Hotels Room Rate and Breakfast
per person
(unit: Korean Won)
Web page
Holiday Inn
Inecheon Songdo
Superior King
100’800 KRW
+ Breakfast 24’200 KRW
Free Wifi
Orakai Songdo
Park Hotel
Deluxe Double
121’000 KRW
+ Breakfast 16’500 KRW
Free Wifi
booking code “KOPRI”
Credit Card Authorization Form
for email reservation
Premier Incheon
Studio room
181’500 KRW
+ Breakfast 24’200 KRW
Free Wifi
Sheraton Grand
Incheon Hotel
Deluxe Room
217’800 KRW
+ Breakfast 24’200 KRW
Free Wifi only in common

Local Information

Local transportation: Hotel – Incheon/Seoul International Airport

Taxi approx. 30 min / Fare: 23’000 KRW
Airport Limousine
6707B from Arrival Level (1F) 4A & 10B
approx. 30 min / Fare: 7’000 KRW
Bus City bus 303 (Incheon Airport 13A)
approx. 60 min / Fare: 2’150 KRW
Subway Incheon International Airport station (Airport line)
-> Geomam Station (Incheon Line 2)
-> Incheon City Hall Station (Incheon Line 1)
-> Central Park Station
approx. 100 min / Fare: 4’050 KRW

Shuttle bus: Hotel – KOPRI

A free shuttle bus will run between the designated hotels and KOPRI.

Local Weather

October is generally mild and most comfortable in Incheon, with clear sky and pleasant temperatures.

The daily mean temperature in mid October is 15℃, with daily maximum temperatures of around 20℃ and minimum temperatures of around 11℃ (from the 1981-2010 climate record from the Korean Meteorological Administration).

Visa requirements

Visas will be required for participants from countries without a visa exemption agreement with the Republic of Korea.

For more information please visit the website of the Korean Immigration Service (and for details of visa requirements, please check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs):



The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts. The outlet (F-type) has two round holes and is the same as that used in most European countries.
Always check the power supply before using your equipment.

Currency exchange rate

The current rate is approx. 1’130 KRW per 1 USD and 1’230 KRW per 1 EUR.

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact:

Baek-Min Kim (*protected email*) for the local workshop

Joowan Kim (*protected email*) for the ECR symposium

The SPARC Office (*protected email*) or Seok-Woo Son (*protected email*) for other inquiries.