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European Meteorological Society

The RMetS is one of 36 Member Societies of the European Meteorological Society (EMS). In addition the EMS has 29 Associate Mem-bers made up of National Meteorological Services (e.g. Met Office, Deutscher Wetterdienst and Météo-France), international institutions (e.g. ECMWF and EUMETSAT), research and education institutions, and commercial companies. The Society has a permanent member on the EMS Council, Bob Riddaway, who is serving a three-year term as EMS Vice President and chair of the EMS Editorial Board.

The Council met in Lodz (Poland) on 9 September, ahead of the EMS Annual Meeting and the ninth European Conference on Applied Climatology (ECAC). The Society presented a paper on Open Access at the Council meeting, as well as a progress update for next year's EMS conference which will take place at the University of Reading on 9–13 September.

The role of the EMS is to support and enhance the activities of its members. This includes creating a European context for these activities, running meetings to provide a forum for exchange and discussion for the entire meteorological community on a European scale, and increasing the exchange of information between meteorological societies.

Members of the RMetS are entitled to reduced registration fees at EMS Annual Meetings, as well as the co-sponsoring Society registration rate at the AMS Annual Meetings, travel grants for young scientists and the use of photographs submitted to the EMS Europhotometeo competition for non-commercial purposes. A full list of EMS benefits can be found on their website:

….. honours Tim Palmer

The EMS Annual Meeting and ECAC ran from 10 to 14 September at the University of Lodz and were attended by 391 participants from 42 countries (Figures 1 and 2). The theme of this year's conference was ‘European Climate Services Capabilities – user needs and communication with -stakeholders’. The outgoing President of the Society, Tim Palmer, was chosen as Lau-reate of the EMS Silver Medal 2012 which was presented during the conference. Tim was honoured for his pioneering work on the predictability of weather and climate and for his outstanding skills and commitment in communicating the underlying concepts to non-specialists and the general public in Europe and beyond. For more information about this year's conference go to the EMS website:

Figure 1.

EMS conference venue at the University of Lodz.

Figure 2.

EMS conference ice-breaker.

Society responds to -government consultation

From time to time the Society plays a key role in responding to government consultations on issues related to meteorology. A report on A-level Geography from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has highlighted the drift over the last decade away from physical geography (including weather and climate) towards human geography. In response to the consultation from Ofqual, the Society has pointed out that this trend will leave people ignorant of many aspects of weather and climate at a time when it is becoming increasingly important to understand it. Our membership of the Science Council has also enabled us to be involved in a further response to Ofqual, in this case concerning science A-levels. The Society will also respond to the long-awaited draft Geography National Curriculum once it is issued by the Department for Education.