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Special Announcement: Introducing the African Meteorological Society (AfMS)

IFMS Newsletter AfMS Edition


Introducing AfMS


AfMS Inauguration Ceremony


Summary of the Meeting #08 of the
International Forum of Meteorological Societies (IFMS)
Global Meeting (IGM-08)


News and Announcements

Building Capacity in Africa through Education and Training as well as Collaboration in Science and Technology: Creation of the African Meteorological Society (AfMS)

The Virtual Inauguration Ceremony of the African Meteorological Society (AfMS) took place on Nov 30, 2022, at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada).  The Chief Guest was Mr. David Grimes – The immediate Past President of WMO.  Various other prominent speakers spoke to outline how they plan to assist this very important mission.  A large number of attendees took part in this Inauguration Ceremony and saw history being created.


Now that we have created the AfMS – a cherished goal of Africans - its success will depend upon the interest which resident Africans will take in offering their services for working in various Committees which have been defined (visit to see the list of Committees.  Your assistance as members of these committees will allow us to make progress and create capacity in your continent much faster than is possible otherwise.  Once enthusiasm is seen from resident Africans, the African Diaspora and Friends of Africa will provide strong assistance.  Each one of you is a very important link in the success chain.

Please offer your services by registering on the following link:


Create a National Meteorological Society (NMSoc) in Your Country

National Meteorological Societies are meant to create capacity in your country.  This has been further facilitated by the existence of the Regional Met Societies and IFMS as well as new means of communication (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Google Meet, etc,) and participation in activities (e.g., Meetings, Webinars, Virtual Conferences, etc.). We urge all countries which do not have a National Meteorological Society (NMSoc) to create one.  IFMS will help you in this mission.  Please show your intention and request for assistance by registering on the following link:

We warmly welcome our new members National Meteorological Societies from Cameroon which created its society AE in 2022 and Nigeria which exists since 1986 and became member of IFMS in 2022.  


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:

The Report of the 5 Sessions is provided here.


IFMS Newsletter Volume 7 (Oct. 2021) is available here.

Reports of IGM-06

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
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Webinar 7:  April 7, 2021: Presentations for Creating National Met Societies Presented by: IFMS
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Webinar 6: February 17, 2021: Global Campus Initiative and IFMS E&T Program
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Webinar 5: January 29, 2021: COMET Training Programs and IFMS Approach to E&T
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Please follow all the Guidelines to protect against COVID-19.  We care…


About IFMS

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:

  1. Foster, promote, and encourage cooperation, communication, collaboration, and exchange of knowledge, ideas and resources among the Meteorological Societies of the world.
  2. 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.
  3. Develop international bridges to encourage collaboration among public, private and academic sectors as a well as users.
  4. Assist in developing and promoting capacity building efforts that produce effective and sustainable service capabilities in developing countries.
  5. Assist all meteorological societies in developing best practices.
  6. Assist developing meteorological societies to strengthen themselves.
  7. Help start new meteorological societies in countries where none exists.
  8. Facilitate cooperation between meteorological societies worldwide.
  9. 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.
  10. Assist National Meteorological Societies to promote collaboration among the Private/Public/University/ NGO sector social civil organizations
  11. Assist Private Sector companies to facilitate international outreach, specially to build infrastructure in developing countries.