Awards Committee

The Royal Meteorological Society’s Awards cover 4 main areas: Advancing Science; Educating, Inspiring and Enthusing; Impact on Science, Policy or Society; Contribution or Service to the Society or Profession.

We therefore seek an Awards Committee that between them have expertise and experience covering this range of activities. We anticipate that each member of the Awards Committee may have expertise or experience in several different areas, relating to different types of Award, as well as more generally useful experience.

Members of the Awards Committee evaluate the nominations made for the Awards and make recommendations to Council as to who should receive the Award. You can see more information about the Awards offered each year at

Interested in joining the Committee?

We welcome expressions of interest from everyone. At this moment we are particularly looking for people with:

  • expertise/experience in professional meteorology (forecasting or industry contexts), education (outside academia), lab/field based work, 

  • knowledge of research fields in precipitation and rainfall research, climate change and interdisciplinary working

  • an enthusiasts perspective. 

An induction will be provided, and the committee will include people who have served on Awards committees before so this is a great opportunity to learn. This is a voluntary role and expenses will be reimbursed in line with the Royal Meteorological Society Expenses Policy.

Expressions of interest can be submitted until 12pm Friday 17 November 2023. Please read the Terms of Reference below before completing this form - if you have any questions, contact us via

Terms of Reference


The Awards Committee shall review nominations on behalf of Council and make recommendations, with supporting information including biographies and citations, to the February Council in connection with the Awards (set out in Appendix 4 of the Standing Orders), Honorary Fellowship, and other Awards as may be referred to from time-to-time.

Specific responsibilities include:

Making recommendations to Council about nominations received from:

  • The membership and from Journal Editors for awards;
  • The Chief Executive and others for the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Society or the Profession;
  • The Editor of Weather, in discussion with the Weather Board, the recommendation for the Gordon Manley Weather Award 

Members will be required to submit anonymous evaluations of the nominations for Awards ahead of the annual meeting, using criteria and platform provided by the Society.

Making recommendations to Council about any proposals for:

  • New Awards or changes to existing Awards;
  • Election to Honorary Fellowship of the Society;
  • About any nominations for Awards that are awarded by other bodies.


The Committee shall be chaired by the President. The membership will comprise a small group of representatives from across the meteorological community and the Society membership who can provide support to the Committee in identifying suitable prize-winners from those nominated. Expressions of interest will be sought for one third of the positions available in each year. Awards committee members (other than the President) usually serve a 3-year term. The Committee will complete a skills and expertise analysis every year ahead of seeking expressions of interest to serve on the committee. In the event of more expressions of interest than are required, fit to the expertise and experience gaps will be considered. In the event of two or more equally qualified volunteers, the Committee will consider the benefit of diversity of thought and perspective when selecting a Committee member.

New committee members will be supported via an induction that includes training on equality, diversity and inclusion in the context of awards.

Schedule of Meetings:

New Awards Committee members shall attend an induction ahead of their first meeting to ensure that they understand the judging process for applications and undergo Awards committee specific equality, diversity and inclusion training.

The Awards Committee shall meet once a year ahead of the February Council meeting.