Strategic Priority (5) Increase awareness of the importance of weather and climate

strategic plan

Strategic Priority (5): To increase awareness of the importance of weather and climate in policy and decision-making and its relevance to society, and to be an independent voice of authority, advice and advocacy for meteorology and the profession. 

The Society recognises the importance of engaging in conversations and providing evidence-based input to support the public policy programme of Government. By being an active participant in these discussions the Society can provide constructive contributions that represent the interests of meteorology. The Society will continue to actively engage in media activities to promote the work of the Society and as a powerful means to communicate weather and climate science. 

The Society will continue to work on effectively communicating both weather and climate science, and to help drive a wider public dialogue on the issues that climate science raises. The Climate Science Communications Group and Climate Science Special Interest Group will oversee a number of projects related to the Society’s climate science activities and a review of the terms of reference of both Groups will be completed. These projects will include identifying potential collaborators and partners for the Society to deliver an effective communication programme, hosting meetings and events, providing opportunities for climate scientists to network and developing a series of briefing papers designed for the different stakeholder communities, including the media. The Climate Science Communications Group reports to Council through the House Committee, but will also provide support and input to the Education Committee and the Meetings Committee. 

In addition the Society will continue to work in support of the public policy programme of Government. This involves providing responsive input to calls for information and evidence to Government and all recognised political parties to represent the interests of meteorology in Government. Much of the Society’s policy work will be delivered in partnership with other organisations such as the Science Council. Policy work is reported to Council through the Chief Executive’s Highlight Report. 

The Society will continue to actively engage in media activities to promote the work of the Society and support the next generation of meteorological ambassadors who are comfortable speaking to the media. The Society will develop a communications framework that details training activities to assist individuals in preparing for media outreach. Over time this will lead to a register of members and their areas of specialism that have experience of dealing with the media. 

The Society will continue to work on effectively communicating both weather and climate science, and to help drive a wider public dialogue on the issues that climate science raises. The Climate Science Communications Group and Climate Science Special Interest Group will oversee a number of projects related to the Society’s climate science activities and a review of the terms of reference of both Groups will be completed. These projects will include identifying potential collaborators and partners for the Society to deliver an effective communication programme, hosting meetings and events, providing opportunities for climate scientists to network and developing a series of briefing papers designed for the different stakeholder communities, including the media. The Climate Science Communications Group reports to Council through the House Committee, but will also provide support and input to the Education Committee and the Meetings Committee. 

Over the next three years the Society will…

… increase the Society’s engagement in providing evidence-based input and statements to support public policy programmes, to the media and to the general public. 

… continue to actively engage with the media delivering between 100-150 interviews per year.

… work with collaborators and partners to deliver an effective communication programme. 

… provide responsive input to calls for information and evidence to Government and represent the interests of meteorology at Government level. 

… support the climate science community to ensure effective communication of the science and impacts of climate change, to sustain, encourage and progress activity in climate science, and to update to the Society on the latest advances in climate science and their implications for society.

For further details, the full Strategic Plan, a summary booklet and a leaflet can be downloaded here >>

 

News Date: 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018