‘I’m a Meteorologist’ Event on 15th May
Our 'I’m a Meteorologist' and Society’s Annual General Meeting event is taking place on Wednesday 15th May, 12.30-18.30, at the Institute of Physics, London.
We will be celebrating 25 years since the Society launched the Chartered Meteorologist and five years since the launch of Registered Meteorologist. The meteorological community, professional and amateur alike, will come together at this event to proudly celebrate the meteorology in our lives.
The event will include a panel discussion ‘Thinking Meteorologically in a Changing World’ where Meteorologists working in multidisciplinary roles and across different sectors will explore the significance of weather and climate in a changing world.
A key highlight will be the Presidential Address, given by David Warrilow OBE FRMetS. David is now retired, but was until recently a senior government science advisor and international negotiator on climate change and environmental issues, such as ozone depletion and air pollution. He led the UK delegations to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for over 20 years and was a lead negotiator for the EU on the scientific issues covered in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Taking the theme of “One Atmosphere” David will consider the role of the Royal Meteorological Society and the challenges of covering the diverse aspects of meteorology and presenting it to a wider public. He will consider the dependence of humanity on the atmosphere and the threats that come from misusing such a vital resource. Finally, he will review the mechanisms in place to protect the atmosphere and including possible developments such as the introduction of a Law of the Atmosphere.
The event will also include a celebration of meteorology’s highest achievers with presentation of the Society’s Annual Awards and Prizes. This year we are also re-launching our Fellowship scheme, our highest level of membership, and the first appointments will be made at this event. The new scheme is for anyone who makes substantial contributions to meteorology, whether as an observer, academic, teacher, professional, business person, innovator or Society volunteer. The qualification requirements now include vocational qualifications or long involvement in meteorological activities as an amateur enthusiast, as well as academic qualifications.
Support activities for newer members will also feature strongly at this event. Interactive displays will give an overview of the many benefits of membership, and demonstrate some of our online facilities. Society staff and committee members will be on hand to advise attendees and answer questions. This event is a great opportunity to learn how to make the most of membership of the Society through grants, careers support, fellowship, journal reader and author discounts, continuing professional development, professional accreditation, special interest groups, conferences, meetings, education and outreach, and all our other activities.
The important formalities of the Society’s AGM will be briefly undertaken and there will be opportunities to putting forward your views about the Society. The Society will recognise excellence in meteorology through its medals, awards and prizes for 2018 that will be presented at this event. The afternoon will close with a drink's reception.