Awards and Prizes
The Royal Meteorological Society recognises and rewards excellence, through its medals, awards and prizes, to people and teams who have made outstanding and exceptional contributions to meteorology and related disciplines.
The Society’s awards reflect the breadth of work in the meteorological community and it can be one of the most rewarding activities to honour peers and colleagues for their contributions to the science and profession, and through education and outreach. There are awards that recognise distinguished careers, honour outstanding contributions and reward important and original contributions of early-career scientists.
The call for nominations for the 2021 Awards and Prizes is now open!
Mason Gold Medal
Sir John Mason generously funded an award for Fellows of the Society, known as The Mason Gold Medal. The medal ranks alongside The Symons Gold Medal as the premier award of the Society and is bestowed in alternate years to the Symons medal. The citation for the Mason Gold Medal is “For outstanding contributions to the understanding of the fundamental processes that determine the variability and predictability of weather and climate”. The medal is presented at an appropriate special event and consists of a lecture by the recipient known as The Mason Gold Medal Lecture. The first Mason Gold Medal was awarded in 2006 to Paul Mason.
Symons Gold Medal
In 1901, in memory of George James Symons FRS a British meteorologist who founded the British Rainfall Organisation, a gold medal was established. The medal is awarded biennially for distinguished work in connection with meteorological science. A representation of the Tower of the Winds at Athens appears on the reverse side of this medal. The medal was designed by Mr Frank Bowcher of Chiswick and the dies for it were furnished and executed by Mr John Pinches of London. The medal ranks alongside The Mason Gold Medal as the premier award of the Society and is bestowed in alternate years to the Mason medal.
Dr Alexander Buchan was a Scottish meteorologist and oceanographer and is credited with establishing the synoptic chart used in weather forecasting. The Buchan Prize was instituted to commemorate the amalgamation in 1921 of the Scottish Meteorological Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. The Buchan Prize is awarded annually to members of the Society for a paper or papers published in the previous five years in the Quarterly Journal, the International Journal of Climatology or Atmospheric Science Letters and adjudged to contain the most important original contribution or contributions to meteorology.
Hugh Robert Mill Award
Hugh Robert Mill was a British geographer and meteorologist who exercised a great influence in the reform of geography teaching and on the development of meteorology as a science. He was Director of the British Rainfall Organisation from 1901 to 1919, and Honorary Secretary of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1902 until 1907 when he became President. The Hugh Robert Mill Award is awarded biennially for original research into the distribution or variation of rainfall or its application to meteorology or a related science.
Michael Hunt Award
The Michael Hunt Award, which commemorates the achievements of Michael Hunt who was a TV weatherman, is given biennially for excellence in increasing the understanding of meteorology or its applied disciplines among members of the general public, including particular groups (eg. school children, yachtsmen, etc).
L F Richardson Prize
Lewis Fry Richardson was an English mathematician and meteorologist, who pioneered modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting. The L F Richardson Prize is awarded annually for a meritorious paper which was published in a Society journal during the preceding four years, and was contributed by a member of the Society who in their early career in meteorology (which we define as no more than 15 years into their career, excluding career breaks) at the time of submission.
Adrian Gill Prize
The Adrian Gill Award, named after the Australian meteorologist and oceanographer, is awarded annually to a member of the Society who has made a significant contribution, in the preceding five years, in the specified fields, and who has also been an author of a paper(s) in the Society’s journals. The specified fields are those that interface between atmospheric science and related disciplines. These related disciplines include oceanography, hydrology, geochemistry and numerical methodologies.
Climate Science Communication Award
The Climate Science Communications Award is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions in the field of climate science and proactive outreach activities to communicate climate science. The Prize is awarded to a member of the Society who has made a significant contribution, in the field of climate science, and who has also excelled in increasing the understanding of climate science among members of the general public.
The award is based around innovation in meteorology, with a particular focus on business and/or public impact. It recognises people, projects or programmes within the academic, scientific or business communities who have made significant contributions to educating, informing or motivating organisations in their response to meteorological challenges, for example climate change or significant weather events. This is awarded biennially in recognition of contributions from both the professional and amateur community and outstanding contributions to the work of national and international meteorological field campaigns. It may be awarded to those whose work does not naturally lend itself necessarily to publication in the scientific journal literature, but is of significant value to the science of meteorology.
The Vaisala Award is awarded biennially to recognise individuals or teams within the amateur community, academia or business who have made significant contributions to the field of observation and instrumentation. In particular this award recognises: instrument development; collection and quality control of observations; insight into observing the weather/climate; or meteorological field campaigns.
Society Outstanding Service Award
The Society Outstanding Service Award was first awarded in 1989. It is awarded annually to a member of the Society who has exceeded the normal bounds of their role to the great benefit of the Society.
Gordon Manley Weather Prize
The Society's journal Weather was first publishing in 1946 when Gordon Manley was President of the Society and the journal benefited from his encouragement. The Gordon Manley Prize is awarded annually for any outstanding contribution to Weather through a paper or papers -- or other outstanding service to Weather -- in the preceding five years that has furthered the public understanding of meteorology and oceanography.
The FitzRoy Prize is awarded for distinguished work in applications of meteorology or related sciences, especially if published in Society journals. For this purpose, “applications” shall be defined as “scientific, technical, commercial and administrative aspects from the point of view of the end user”. The main requirement is that the work is of use to meteorologists, users of meteorological products and those engaged in the dialogue between them. The Prize is awarded biennially.
Malcolm Walker Award
In memory of Malcolm Walker (1942-2015), and in recognition of his outstanding lifelong support for the Society, his wide-ranging knowledge and enthusiasm for meteorology and oceanography, and his encouragement of others, an award called the ‘Malcolm Walker Award’ shall be bestowed annually, if appropriate. The award aims to recognise and encourage new environmental researchers from a wide range of disciplines.
The award is for emerging researchers* who have undertaken their research in the UK and/or sponsored by a UK body. No-one shall be eligible for the award a second time. The candidate’s research should have brought new insights into an aspect of the environmental sciences, which includes elements of meteorology and/or oceanography. The application should demonstrate that the candidate has an understanding of the historical context of his/her research and is able to communicate their work to a diverse audience.
Applications must be submitted using the application form for this award. The application must be supported by the research supervisor(s) responsible for overseeing the work of the candidate which is to be considered for the award. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their suitability for this award with their supervisor(s) as part of their career development.
The award will be presented at the Royal Meteorological Society’s annual Student Conference where the successful candidate will be expected to give a plenary talk on their research, outlining its importance, historical context and demonstrating the ability to communicate their research to a diverse audience.
The successful candidate will also be encouraged to submit a paper based on the award lecture for publication in one of the Society’s journals.
A certificate will be presented and there will be a monetary prize.
* Emerging researchers are defined as students or researchers who have received their highest degree – undergraduate, masters or doctoral – within the past three years (excluding any parental leave falling in that period with up to one year of parental leave time added per child)
Journal Editor's Awards
International Journal of Climatology Editor's Award
The International Journal of Climatology (IJoC) Editor's Award shall be awarded annually to the author of a meritorious paper or papers, contributed to the Society and published in the IJoC in any of the five consecutive calendar years preceding the year of the award, or for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the journal.
Quarterly Journal Editors' Award
The Quarterly Journal Editor's Award shall be awarded annually to an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the journal and shall not be confined to members of the Society. No person shall normally be eligible for the award a second time and in any case not within five years.
Quarterly Journal Prize Reviewer's Certificate
The Quarterly Journal Prize Reviewer's Certificate shall be awarded annually to an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the journal and shall not be confined to members of the Society. No person shall normally be eligible for the award a second time and in any case not within five years.
Atmospheric Science Letters Editors' Award
The Atmospheric Science Letters Editor's Award shall be awarded annually to an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the journal and shall not be confined to members of the Society. No person shall normally be eligible for the award a second time and in any case not within five years.
Geoscience Data Journal Editors' Award
The Geoscience Data Journal Editor's Award shall be awarded annually to an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the journal and shall not be confined to members of the Society. No person shall normally be eligible for the award a second time and in any case not within five years.
Meteorological Applications Editors' Award
The Meteorological Applications Editor's Award shall be awarded annually to an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the journal and shall not be confined to members of the Society. No person shall normally be eligible for the award a second time and in any case not within five years.