RMetS Launches New Strategic Plan – 2020 Vision

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The Royal Meteorological Society has just released its new Strategic Plan for 2018-2020, which recognises the achievements in recent years and builds on the momentum to create a modern and progressive Professional and Learned Society for weather and climate.

The Society already plays a key role as the custodian of both the science and the profession of meteorology in the UK and has an important role to play internationally as one of the world’s largest meteorological Societies. This strategic plan defines how the Society will work towards delivering its vision and mission by laying out its strategic themes, priorities and outcomes for the next three year. 

RMetS Vision: to be a world-leading learned and professional society for weather and climate, exemplifying our Royal Charter and charitable status and to engage, enthuse and educate all.
RMetS Mission: to promote the understanding and application of meteorology for the benefit of all.


The Society’s mission has a wide remit that looks to support people’s understanding, interest and enthusiasm in weather and climate, whether they are research scientists, enthusiasts, operational meteorologists, or members of the general public. It goes further, supporting the development of high-quality science, the next generation of scientists and operational meteorologists, professional development of individuals, accrediting further and higher education courses, informing policy, and supporting learning in weather and climate through education and outreach activities.

This new plan sets out a framework for this, and also enables the Society to have greater flexibility to respond to the challenges it will face in delivering its programme of work, facilitating much greater collaboration with strategic partners and demonstrating its benefit to the wider community. The plan will aim to raise the profile of the profession, the importance of professional accreditation in meteorology and continuing professional development (CPD), encouraging fresh talent into the profession from a diverse audience. The plan incorporates important activities such as mentoring, talent management and leadership, and reward and recognition of those in the community. It is a challenging plan, but with the support of the membership and stakeholder community it is achievable and will make a real, tangible difference and an important contribution to the meteorological community.

Ellie Highwood, President of the Society, said, “I am delighted to welcome the launch of the Royal Meteorological Society's Strategic Plan 2018-2020. The Society has a long and honourable tradition of promoting and supporting meteorology, and this plan builds on this tradition with new and exciting initiatives to grow our relevance and reach.”

Over the next few months the Society will be communicating the strategic priorities in more detail in a series of news features.

A summary of the Strategic Plan can be found here >>

Prof Liz Bentley, RMetS Chief Executive, discusses the new Strategic Plan on the Paul Hudson Weather show >>

News Date: 
Thursday, January 18, 2018