Strategic Priority (1) Advance, apply and make accessible the science of meteorology

Strategic Priority 1 aims to strengthen the science of weather, climate and related disciplines so that it advances, is applied and made accessible.

Scientific publishing is one of the Society’s main activities and key strengths. The Society continues to add value to scientific knowledge management and the promotion of the science through its portfolio of journals and academic book programme. The Society is committed to providing long-term, sustainable access to high quality scientific research for everyone, whilst maintaining high value, trustworthy author and reader services which enhance scientific communication and progress. The Society aspires to offer authors a choice including full open access journals as part of its portfolio. Income from scientific publishing makes up a significant portion of the Society’s total income and allows the Society to deliver a number of other important programmes of work and charitable activities. The Society continues to deliver on strategies that drive greater usability, income and impact from the journals portfolio and to ensure that the Editorial Boards provide the necessary stewardship and professional standards for high-quality scientific publishing.

A significant activity of the Society is the programme of meetings and events it delivers. The Society runs three conferences each year for Students and Early Career Scientists; the UK Atmospheric Science conference in partnership with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) bringing together academia, operational meteorologists and industry to support meteorological knowledge transfer; and WeatherLive for the weather and climate enthusiasts. Delegates and exhibitors view the Society conferences as important annual events that reach new audiences and provide a forum for collaboration. The Society’s Local Centres and Special Interest Groups are active and a core part of the Society ensuring the widest possible reach to members, non-members, and educational establishments and bringing like-minded people together and provide opportunities to share knowledge and set up networks to support research projects. The National Meetings continue to be well attended with a full programme of events, both for the Wednesday and Saturday National Meetings. The Society will continue to seek opportunities to run joint events in order to reach wider audiences and to deliver a variety of stimulating events. A recent membership survey also highlighted that more members would like to live stream into Society meetings. The Society will aim to understand what our audience and potential audience want from meetings and will ensure our events meet the needs of the meteorological community both now and in the future, and remain inclusive, accessible and relevant.

The membership development group will continue to develop initiatives to support traditional sectors as well as reaching out to new communities. The Society will also aim to make more of its activities accessible to its members both in the UK and internationally, and identify and remove unintentional barriers to increase diversity in membership. One of the main focuses over the next three years is to ensure that the Society is recognised as the home for climate scientists – as part of this, numerous activities and member benefits will be developed to reach out to and support the climate science community. These will be developed in conjunction with the Society’s Climate Science Communications Group and the Climate Science Special Interest Group, who will also continue to support the Society to effectively communicate both weather and climate science, and help create a greater public dialogue on issues raised. 

Over the next three years the Society will…

… deliver a long-term, sustainable portfolio of high quality journals for the scientific and professional community to publish their work, to enhance scientific communication and advance the science.

… strengthen journal portfolio to meet both author and reader needs and enable researchers and research organisations to reach the widest possible audience. 

… ensure Editorial Boards provide the necessary stewardship and professional standards to deliver high-quality scientific publishing and to promote highlighted papers. 

… improve the time from submission to publication to meet with agreed targets. 

… implement defined marketing strategies and associated metrics. 

… explore new opportunities to expand into other areas such as eBooks, eTraining and educational material. 

… support science and authors from emerging economies.

… successfully deliver 3 conferences a year: i) Annual Conference joint with NCAS for academics, professionals and industry, ii) Student and Early Career Scientists Conference, iii) Weather Live for amateur meteorologists. 

… deliver 10-12 National Wednesday meetings and 2-4 National Saturday meetings each year that meet the expectations and requirements of Society members, engaging with partners to increase reach and diversity of audience and to provide cost effective venues. 

… develop clear Terms of Reference for Local Centres and Special Interest Groups, share best practice, and deliver interesting and relevant events increasing the Society’s reach and membership. 

… review meetings and conferences to ensure inclusivity, accessibility, relevance. 

… ensure climate scientists are supported by Society and are engaged with our activities. 

… increase the climate content on Society website.

… promote remote participation for events overseas 

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


News Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018