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Special Announcement: Introducing the African Meteorological Society (AfMS)
IFMS Newsletter AfMS Edition
AfMS Inauguration Ceremony
News and Announcements
Building Capacity in Africa through Education and Training as well as Collaboration in Science and Technology
Please be advised that the Virtual Inauguration Ceremony of the African Meteorological Society (AfMS: www.africanmetsociety.org) is planned to be held as follows:
When: Nov 30, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Chief Guest: Mr. David Grimes – Immediate Past President of WMO
Various other prominent speakers will also be speaking to outline how they plan to assist this very important mission
Please register in advance on the following link for this very important Ceremony:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
We look forward to seeing you on that auspicious occasion. Please register as soon as possible because the capacity with Zoom is limited
IFMS redoubles its effort to create/strengthen National Meteorological Societies and Regional Meteorological Societies by holding Zoom-Meetings in each region.
IFMS is proud to announce creation of African Meteorological Society (AfMS) which has now been registered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where the head quarter of WMO Region 1 (Africa) is.
The Website of AfMS has been created and its address is: www.africanmetsociety.org
On the above website you will find the information about AfMS.
IFMS is working on making AfMS become one of its strongest proponents to build capacity in Africa through this volunteer-based organization.
Virtual Inauguration of AfMS: We plan to hold its Virtual Inauguration Ceremony sometime in the last week of September or first week of October 2022 in which we will invite all international organizations related to meteorology. If you are interested in attending this ceremony, please register on the following link:
Create your own National Meteorological Society (NMSoc)
IFMS believes that all countries – no matter how big or small - can have a National Meteorological Society (NMSoc). This has become possible due to the existence of IFMS, Regional Meteorological Societies (RMSs) and other strong NMSocs with which you can partner. The availability of tools (WebEx, Zoom, Google Meet, etc.) for Virtual Meetings and Conferences and for Webinars has made it possible for even the smallest countries to have an NMSoc, conduct Virtual Events and engage with other societies for creating capacity in their country.
If your country does not have an NMSoc and you are interested in creating one, please request for our help through the following link: https://forms.gle/trsTPVNqKvKwRW7T9
Your NMSoc will become your door to the Global Weather Enterprise. Please see the related documents on this link.
In addition to the Uganda Meteorological and Allied Professionals Association (UMAPA), we are also pleased to announce the following new members of IFMS:
- The newly created Association of Meteorologists of Cameroon (AMECAM) - in French Association des Météorologues du Cameroun (AMC)
- Union des Ingénieurs en Météorologie de Madagascar (UIMM)
- Nigerian Meteorological Society (NMetS)
We urge all existing NMSocs which are not yet a member of the IFMS to become members to be involved in international activities.
IFMS Global Meeting 7:
Held in 5 Sessions between November 17 to December 15, 2021
IFMS held its Global Meeting/Conference #7 (Virtual) in the months of November and December this year – 2021, which included the following 5 sessions:
Session 1A on November 17 (at 15:00 UTC) and Session 1B on November 18 at (05:00 UTC): Get to know your sister Societies: In both sessions 1A and 1B, each Society got approximately 8 minutes to make their presentation. A total of 22 Societies made their presentations and that was followed by a short discussion on how IFMS can help member Societies to grow.
Session 2 on November 24 (at 8:00 AM NY) - Part 1: Importance of Creating NMSocs (30 minutes) and Part 2: A Panel Discussion on IFMS Approach on Education and Training (90 minutes).
Session 3 on December 1 (at 8:00 AM NY) - Part 1: Presentation on IFMS Value Proposition and Financial arrangements (30 minutes). Part 2: A Panel Discussion on “IFMS Value Proposition (VP) and prioritization of VP items”.
Session 4 on December 8 (at 8:00 AM NY) - Part 1: Public Lecture on Causes of Global Warming & Climate Change (GW&CC), its Remedies and knowing it is happening how to cope with the effects of GW&CC. (40 to 45 minutes). Part 2: Panel Discussion on Part 1 Subject. This session lasted for approximately 2.5 hours.
Session 5 on December 15 (at 8:00 AM NY) - Part 1: First hour - Presentations on Multi Hazard, Early Warning System of Europe A4EU - MH-EWS) by two European Speakers. Part 2: Panel Discussion on Requirements of MH-EWS and best ways to make it available to all countries. (60 minutes). This session lasted approximately 2.5 hours.
YouTube Link for Session 5 is: https://youtu.be/uBRQmtCqiJQ
The Report of the 5 Sessions is provided here.
IFMS Newsletter Volume 7 (Oct. 2021) is available here.
Detailed Report of IFMS Global Meeting #6 (IGM-06)
Detailed Program of IFMS Global Meeting #6 (IGM-06)
Detailed Status Report of IFMS Global Meeting #6 (IGM-06)
Webinars Conducted by IFMS:
Webinar 8: September 23, 2021: Education & Training Presented by: IFMS, RMetS and AMS
Webinar 7: April 7, 2021: Presentations for Creating National Met Societies Presented by: IFMS
Webinar 6: February 17, 2021: Global Campus Initiative and IFMS E&T Program
Webinar 5: January 29, 2021: COMET Training Programs and IFMS Approach to E&T
Please follow all the Guidelines to protect against COVID-19. We care…
The International Forum of Meteorological Societies (IFMS) is an organization to foster and encourage communication and exchange of knowledge, ideas and resources among the world’s more than sixty meteorological societies.
The IFMS is quite distinct from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Whereas the WMO is an agency of the United Nations that deals with cooperation between Meteorological Services of various nations, the IFMS is meant to create cooperation between Meteorological Societies of the World. The Summary of the IFMS Value Proposition is provide in this link.
The IFMS is organized exclusively for scientific, educational and charitable purposes, including, but not limited to:
- Foster, promote, and encourage cooperation, communication, collaboration, and exchange of knowledge, ideas and resources among the Meteorological Societies of the world.
- Advance the science and profession of meteorology and related sciences worldwide and to assist the development of applications of these subjects for the public welfare and benefit of the peoples of the world.
- Develop international bridges to encourage collaboration among public, private and academic sectors as a well as users.
- Assist in developing and promoting capacity building efforts that produce effective and sustainable service capabilities in developing countries.
- Assist all meteorological societies in developing best practices.
- Assist developing meteorological societies to strengthen themselves.
- Help start new meteorological societies in countries where none exists.
- Facilitate cooperation between meteorological societies worldwide.
- Facilitate the sharing of relevant accreditation information, procedures, guidelines and standards and, to do any and all things permitted for a not-for-profit corporation organized under prevailing laws in the jurisdiction where IFMS is incorporated.
- Assist National Meteorological Societies to promote collaboration among the Private/Public/University/ NGO sector social civil organizations
- Assist Private Sector companies to facilitate international outreach, specially to build infrastructure in developing countries.