About the Society
The Royal Meteorological Society is a long-established organisation based in the UK that promotes the understanding of weather and climate. We support anyone with an interest in the subject, whether that’s through a personal interest or their professional work.
The Society operates independently as a charity and has an important role to play internationally as one of the world’s largest meteorological societies. Our mission statement is “To promote the understanding and application of meteorology for the benefit of all."
Our membership is open to everyone and anyone with an interest in weather and climate, whether that be as a science, profession or interest. We have over 3,300 members from more than 50 countries that includes academics, scientists and professional meteorologists as well as students and keen weather enthusiasts.
The Society's programmes are broad and diverse, with many activities accessible not only to members, but also to the general public and the wider meteorological and climate community.
The Society has an active education programme for teachers and children at primary and secondary schools, plus higher education levels.
Our activity is focused on our schools’ portal: www.metlink.org where teachers can find curriculum linked resources, apply for meteorological equipment loans and share careers and course information for students.
The Society’s main public outreach activity is through theWeather Club which currently has over 6,000 members.
Other initiatives include participating in outreach events with the RHS, running the Weather Photographer of the Year competition, being active on social media and climate science communication activities.
One of the major ways that the Society promotes meteorological science is through publishing a series of world-leading books and journals.
The Society publishes seven international science journals (three of which are fully open access) and a monthly, membership journal, Weather.
The Royal Meteorological Society recognises excellence in meteorology and related disciplines through its medals, awards and prizes.
The call for nominations each year usually opens in May and closes in late October. Some awards and prizes are awarded annually and some biennially.
The Society can only act on nominations it receives so if you know a deserving individual, please do not assume someone else will take the initiative for submitting a nomination.
The Society hosts around 75 events each year, many of which are run in partnership with other organisations.
We run a full programme of meetings nationally. Wednesday National Meetings are held once a month from October to June and Saturday National Meetings throughout the year.
The Annual Atmospheric Science Conference brings together academics, practitioners and industry to exchange ideas and knowledge.
We also hold an annual Student and Early Careers conference, providing an opportunity for students and young scientists to present their work in a friendly environment.
WeatherLive is a one-day event, ideal for anyone with a broad interest in weather and climate.
Becoming accredited allows individuals to be recognised for their meteorological expertise and provides a benchmark to standards acknowledged across the wider meteorological community.
The Society is actively involved in Government on areas around weather and climate change, including providing advice and expertise that helps inform policy makers as well as authoring statements and briefing papers.
Each year the Society is involved with more than 150 media enquiries for TV, radio, print and online reports.
These often occur during times of extreme weather, to ensure the public are both informed and engaged with the latest weather and climate news stories.