Amateur Meteorologists' Conference 2016

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Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016 at the University of Reading

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The Royal Meteorological Society is delighted to announce that the third Amateur Meteorologists’ Conference will be held on the weekend of the 10th and 11th September at the University of Reading. Over the two days, seven sessions involving more than 15 speakers will discuss how the weather impacts our lives. If you have a passion for meteorology, then this is the place to come to discuss the weather, exchange data and learn new skills. 

The Saturday session will open with “Weather and Photography” with three talks, including how to capture the perfect weather shot and create beautiful time-lapse photography. “Life in the Clouds” in the afternoon will be a calm, yet packed session covering art, literature and nature, explaining how our skies are represented through art and the best weather if you’re a keen bird watcher.

The day will close with “Observations and Instruments” where Felicity Liggins and Geoff Jenkins, current and former Met Office employees will guide you through how to set-up your home weather station and ensure its operating to give you the most accurate observations. There will also be the opportunity to find out how to share your valuable and insightful data to support the UK’s weather station network. A hot buffet dinner in the evening will provide the opportunity to share your passion of meteorology with fellow weather enthusiasts, before Peter Stott, leader of the Climate Monitoring and Attribution team at the Met Office gives an exciting and engaging lecture on extreme weather. 

On the Sunday, the conference opens looking at the range of weather instruments available, from observing the weather on a budget to more technical apparatus, such as the Rotronic logger. Following that, Peter Gibbs, BBC broadcast meteorologist and host of Gardeners’ World Question Time will give a 30-minute talk in a session titled “Return to the Ice”. In 2016 Peter travelled back to Antarctica, 36 years after working there as a young meteorologist. Peter will talk about his experience in travelling to the British Antarctic Survey’s research station based at Halley and give us a unique glimpse into the life and discoveries being made at Britain’s most remote scientific station. 

After, three more meteorologists will join Peter to share their careers as a meteorologists, with a 40-minute panel discussion providing the audience the chance to ask those unanswered questions! A fascinating session on “Clouds and Storms” will be the final session of the weekend, focussing on extreme weather covering supercells, hails storms and tornadoes. 

In addition to the conference, we will be announcing the winners of the Weather Photographer of the Year competition, held jointly between the Royal Meteorological Society and Royal Photographic Society. Conference attendees will be the first to view the winning photographs, as well as the other best entries that will be a part of this exhibition.  

The conference is open to anyone with an interest in weather and climate. Registration is now open, so don't miss out and book your place today. Registration along with the full programme and more details can be found at www.rmets.org/amateur2016 

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