Bredbeck Workshop 2003 - Feedback and Suggestions

Written by Nathalie Courcoux 

The summary of feedbacks and suggestions are divided in three parts:
      * Good points
      * Bad points
      * Suggestions

The good points were:

    * The reorganisation of the working groups (with cards) in smaller and
      more focused groups.

    * Small working groups which took place on the second working group session.

    * The interaction and open discussions with the other participants and also
      the possibility of having a lot of contacts with the other participants
      due to the informal atmosphere and also due to the fact that participants
      stay 24 hours a day together for 3 days.

    * The organisation of the workshop with presentations in the morning and
      working groups in the afternoon.

    * Talks which give a good overview of the subject.

    * Well organised agenda and concrete planning before workshop.

    * For the "intercomparison paper" the workshop is the opportunity for the
      persons involved to meet and try to solve remaining problems (better than
      per e mail).

    * Workshop free of charge.

    * Location.

    * Food.

The bad points were:

    * No Internet access.

    * Some discussions were too strongly code oriented.

    * Too many discussions about ARTS/AMSU.

    * There were too few working groups on the first working group session and
      the working groups were too large.

    * Time of the year not convenient for the Swedish participants (early June
      would be better).

    * Bad coffee, no junk food in the kitchen and only Becks beer.

    * No real football available!

The suggestions made by the participants were:

    * About the topics:
	* Non LTE radiative transfer equation.
	* More focus on microphysics.
	* Other sensors (not limb sensors).

	* Retrieval intercomparison.

    * About the working groups:

	* Either plan small working groups before the workshop (see with Oliver
          for Java script web interface for card and stickers!)

	* or do the brainstorming about the working groups formation with cards
          on the first day (or anyway before the first working group session).

	* or allow the splitting of the biggest working groups.

----> Anyway keep small working groups (it is more effective than bigger
      working groups).

   * One extra day for the ARTS developers to meet.

   * Instead of a round table for participants introduction, 1 or 2 slides
     could be shown by each participant to present very briefly herself/himself
     and her/his work.

   * Try to invite more non-European participants.