The Power of the Written Word & Annual General Meeting

Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017

Time: 13:00 - 19:00


St Brides Foundation
Bride Lane
Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ


The written word has saved lives, circulated powerful ideas, preserved traditions and memories, and so much more. This is illustrated in the minutes of a meeting on 3 April 1850, which capture the formation of the Royal Meteorological Society, and where it was resolved ‘to form a society, the objects of which should be the advancement and extension of meteorological science by determining the laws of climate and of meteorological phenomena in general.’ Our meeting will look at the importance of papers and books in capturing the evolution of meteorology. These documents include Annual Reports in the 1850s which include James Glaisher’s illustrations of snowflakes; records of Proceedings of the Meteorological Society, the fore-runner to the Quarterly Journal which was first published in 1871; the International Cloud Atlas, first published in 1896 with colour images, (being relaunched in 2017); and the monthly Weather magazine published since May 1946. Nowadays the Society’s publications are available online or via Apps to your mobile device. The meeting will also look at the role the media has to play in communicating meteorology.

The Society’s AGM will take place during the afternoon, the Society’s annual Awards and Prizes will be presented, Prof Mike Wallace will give the Symons Gold Medal Lecture and a drinks reception will provide an opportunity to network.

PANEL DISCUSSION |  A panel of representatives from media and communications discuss the topic of the power of communication via different media. How do we communicate messages that are effective? How can we use technology to effectively communicate?


This meeting is part of the Royal Meteorological Society National Meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate. 
Non members are welcome to attend this meeting but only members can vote.  Registration is required.  Where seating capacity is limited, priority will be given to members.



AGM Documents

The Symons Gold Medal Lecture