About the Society
The Royal Meteorological Society is the UK’s Professional and Learned Society for weather and climate. Working to strengthen the science and raise awareness of the importance of weather and climate, support meteorological professionals and inspire enthusiasts.
It plays a key role as the custodian of both the science and the profession of meteorology in the UK and has an important role to play internationally as one of the world’s largest meteorological societies. The Society is owned by its membership but exists for the benefit of all. Programmes of work are broad and diverse, with activities and events held for members, the general public, educators, policy and decision makers and the wider meteorological and climate community.
The Society has an active education programme for teachers 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 instrument loans and share careers and course information for students.
The Society’s main public outreach activity is through MetMatters which currently has over 4,000 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 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. Further information about our conferences can be found here.
The Society has several local centres where meetings are held throughout the year.
They are based in Bath, Birmingham, Durham, Edinburgh and Inverness, Leeds, Manchester, Norwich, Reading and Wales
(Cardiff, Chester and Swansea).
The Society has numerous Special Interest Groups, which organise meetings and other activities to enable the exchange of information and views within specific areas of meteorology.
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 offers two professional accreditation schemes: Registered Meteorologist and Chartered Meteorologist.
Society members are encouraged to keep their own detailed record of CPD activity for their own benefit and can do so using our online tool ACCSYS.
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.