Nominations for Awards and Prizes for 2016

The Society invites nominations for the awards and prizes shown below, for 2016, which will be presented in 2017. The full regulations for the awards are shown in the Standing Orders.  Further information and Nomination Forms are available at the foot of this page. Completed Nomination Forms should be sent to the Chief Executive ( by 21 October 2016 for:

  1. The Symons Gold Medal is one of the Society’s most prestigious awards and is awarded biennially for distinguished work undertaken in connection with Meteorological Science.
  2. The Buchan Prize awarded annually to members of the Society for a paper or papers published in the Society’s journals in the preceding five years and adjudged to contain the most important original contribution or contributions to meteorology.
  3. The Hugh Robert Mill Award awarded biennially for original research into the distribution of precipitation,or into the variation of precipitation in time at any place, or into precipitation either as a meteorological phenomenon, or in relation to climatology, agriculture, water supply, water power or other applications.
  4. The LF Richardson Prize awarded annually for a meritorious paper published in the preceding four years in a Society journal by a member of the Society who is an early-career scientist (no more than 15 years into their career, excluding career breaks).
  5. The Michael Hunt Award awarded biennially to individuals for excellence in increasing the understanding of meteorology or its allied disciplines among members of the general public, such as yachtsmen,schoolchildren, etc.
  6. The Adrian Gill Award awarded annually, to a member of the Society who has made a significant contribution(s) and author paper(s) in the Society’s journals in fields interfacing between atmospheric science and related disciplines, thereby being referred to as “multi-disciplinary”. Related disciplines include:oceanography, hydrology, biogeochemistry, numerical methodologies, etc.
  7. The Innovation Award awarded biennially to recognise people, projects or programmes within the academic, scientific or business communities making significant contributions to educating, informing or motivating organisations in their response to meteorological challenges. Initiatives should be innovative and audience appropriate, supported by evidence of the impact to the environment and ideally examples of where others have adopted or replicated this innovation.
  8. The Vaisala Award awarded biennially to recognise people or teams from within the amateur community,academia or business making significant contributions to instrumentation or observing across the meteorological and related sciences (eg weather and climate observing, cloud physics, physical oceanography and atmospheric composition). The award recognises an outstanding contribution in one of the following areas: instrument development; the collection and quality control of observations; insight into observing the weather/climate; and meteorological field campaigns.
  9. The Society Outstanding Service Award made annually for outstanding service to the Society by its members or staff.
  10. NEW AWARD Climate Science Communication Award awarded annually in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions Climate Science, including proactive outreach activities.

Honorary Fellowship is a lifetime accolade made to a select group of distinguished individuals whose careers in meteorology (or a related science) or as a public figure renders them a leader and role model within the meteorological community and an inspiration to future generations. Honorary Fellowship is limited to just 30 individuals at any one time and is the highest honour bestowed by the Society. A list of the current Honorary Fellows is available on the Society’s website at Please use the form attached to submit your nomination.

Please complete and return this form plus a 2 page (max) CV of the nominee BY 21st October 2016


Nominations 2016