Malcolm Walker Award

Regulations for the 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)