Insurance Special Interest Group

Royal Meteorological Society Insurance Special Interest Group logoWeather and climate science plays a key role for those working in the insurance sector. This is particularly clear when considering the impact of extreme weather events on infrastructure and people. However, meteorological data on timescales from hours to decades ahead can be important for understanding both present and future risks.

The aim of the Insurance Special Interest Group is therefore to strengthen and expand current engagement between meteorologists and the insurance sector.

Some key objectives are:

  • To support the creation of content and activities that address the meteorological needs of those working in the insurance sector
  • To facilitate discussion on the future research agenda of meteorologists working in conjunction with the insurance sector
  • To highlight career opportunities in the insurance sector to meteorologists
  • To demonstrate the benefits of the Royal Meteorological society to those working in the insurance sector.

This work will be conducted in conjunction with the Science Engagement Committee and newly formed Energy and Early Career Special Interest Groups, which have common themes and interests.

The Special Interest Group includes academic expertise from six UK institutions (University of Bristol, University of Exeter, University of Leeds, Newcastle University, University of Reading and Swansea University) as well as representation from the UK Met Office, catastrophe risk analysts from six insurance companies, and the Bank of England. Efforts were made to include both academic and industry professionals from a range of career stages. Katherine Latham (Willis Towers Watson) has agreed to chair the Insurance Special Interest Group. Each committee member will serve for a 3-year period once elected.

The first meeting of the insurance special interest group was on 28 September 2022. The group will meet quarterly for the first year, and twice yearly in subsequent years.

If you're interested in the ongoing activities of the insurance SIG, please contact insurance@rmets.org