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31st ICAM Aviemore, Scotland, United Kingdom, 23-27 May 2011.

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ICAM 2011

31st International Conference on Alpine Meteorology

23rd – 27th May 2011

Aviemore, Scotland

ICAM is pleased to announce its 31st conference. Papers on all research topics related to the influence of mountains on the atmosphere on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales are welcome, such as:

This meeting is jointly organised by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Met Office.


The ICAM 2011 Programme is available.

ICAM 2011 icon group photo now available (2.81 MB)

Important Dates

Early Abstract Submission - Monday 10th January 2011

Early Bird Registration Deadline - 28th February 2011

Registration Deadline - 11th April 2011

Abstract Submission Deadline - 11th April 2011

Publication of Programme - 4th May 2011

About the venue and location

The conference was held at the Aviemore Highland Resort.

Aviemore is situated in the Scottish highlands approximately 30 miles south of Inverness and 120 miles north of Edinburgh. On the doorstep of the Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore is surrounded by breath taking scenery from the mountains to Rothiemurcus Forest. Get a taste of the big country at Craigellachie – the wooded crags that overlook the town with a boardwalk to help you reach the heights. In summer be on the lookout for the peregrine falcons nesting on the crags.

On site there are a number of options for dining, to suit any occasion and budget. These include the café within the conference centre itself, a pizza restaurant and various other hotel restaurants.

Delegate Fees

Prices (excluding accommodation, conference dinner and excursions)

Early Bird registration fee: £260.83 ex. VAT

Standard Deadline registration fee : £285.83 ex. VAT

Prices for on-site (Highland Resort) accommodation which can be booked through the online registration system - can be seen on the accommodation page.

Conference Dinner

Wednesday 25th May – Ptarmigan Restaurant (1097m) , Cairngorm Mountain £35.00

The Ptarmigan is the UK's highest restaurant. It is well known for its choice of hearty traditional Scottish food prepared with quality Scottish ingredients, sourced locally where possible.

If you are not partaking in the ranger guided walk (see below) then you can ride the Cairngorm Funicular railway to the restaurant.

The cost of the dinner includes coach to and from the mountain, funicular railway journey, evening entertainment and dinner.

Wednesday Afternoon excursion options

On the Wednesday afternoon of the 2011 conference there is a choice of 2 activities organized for the delegates. These activities are followed by the conference dinner.

Whisky Tasting

Wednesday 25th May

Visiting Scotland wouldn't be complete without a trip to one of the famous Speyside distilleries. There are a large number to choose from, and we have selected what we think is a real gem of a distillery. Glenfarclas has a long family owned history. It is a small distillery set in beautiful surroundings, and the visitors centre is worth a visit in itself.

Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky is distilled and matured at a family owned and run distillery, which remains independent to this day. Creating a great malt whisky is a time-honoured process. In the heart of Speyside, the family has cherished the skills and traditions of fine malt whisky making, handing them down through six generations. We are proud to share our secrets with you.

Glenfarclas is renowned for producing Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky in the traditional Speyside style, with a heavy Sherry influence. Glenfarclas produce a wide range of expressions from the mouthwatering freshness of the 10 Years Old, to the indulgent 30 Years Old. One of the delights of Glenfarclas is exploring the subtle differences between the different expressions.

Glenfarclas Distillery: Ballindalloch, Banffshire, AB37 9BD, Scotland

The excursion cost includes a coach to and from the distillery, the tour and tasting.

Ranger Guided walk to Ptarmigan Restaurant

Wednesday 25th May

You will be escorted to the top the Cairngorm mountain by a local mountain ranger – the walk is approximately 4 miles and will commence at 2pm (TBC). You will arrive back at the Ptarmigan restaurant in time to take part in the evening entertainment and conference dinner

Also included in the Delegate Fee

Icebreaker – Monday 23rd May


Getting to Aviemore is very easy via a number of modes of transport. Aviemore has its own train station and is directly linked to London - a number of trains run directly to London every day.

Comprehensive travel information is available to make your journey to Scotland as easy as possible.

Bursary Application

What are the bursaries and how many of them are there?

There is a limited amount of money available to support a number of students and young scientists to attend this conference. Bursaries will cover part or all of the registration fee.

The European Meteorological Society are offering two Young Scientist Travel Awards (YSTA) to support young scientists attending this conference. The award includes travel support of 500 euros for attendance at this conference.  Any bursary applications recieved will also be considered for these awards. The bursary deadline has now passed. 

Programme Committee

Stephen Mobbs, NCAS UK (Co-chair)

Simon Vosper, Met Office, UK (Co-chair)

Hans Volkert, DLR, Germany

Evelyne Richard, CNRS, France

Joze Rakovec, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Daniel Kirshbaum, University of Reading, UK

Branko Grisogono & Ivana Stiperski, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Peter Sheridan, Met Office, UK

Alex Reinecke, Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, USA