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IFMS held its Annual Meeting at the AMS Conference 2024 in Baltimore on February 1, 2024, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

The meeting was divided into two parts approximately 2 hours each – the first one for IFMS and the second one for AfMS.
The IFMS part discussed two important issues: The financing of IFMS, and the Strategic Plan of IFMS.

The AfMS part covered the various steps that are being taken to strengthen AfMS – some of those steps are presented below. An important presentation about Air Quality satellites was presented.


About the African Meteorological Society (AfMS)

News and Announcements

Building Capacity in Africa through Education and Training as well as Collaboration in Science and Technology
To strengthen AfMS, we have set 4 important milestones:
  1. Creation and upkeep of AfMS Website – done
  2. Production of the first Newsletter – completed in January 2024. This Newsletter is available at the following link:
  3. Production of the first Journal of AfMS – JAfMS - to be issued in the third quarter of 2024
  4. Holding the first Conference of AfMS in the first Quarter of 2025.

The Virtual Inauguration Ceremony of the African Meteorological Society (AfMS: was held on Nov 30, 2022. The Chief Guest was Mr. David Grimes – Past President of WMO.

Various other prominent speakers also spoke and outlined how they plan to assist this very important mission of strengthening AfMS. AfMS is expected to assist IFMS, WMO, and African NMHSs in creating Capacity in Africa. All those speeches are available at the following link: IFMS Newsletter AfMS Edition

A summary of AfMS is presented on the following link: Introducing AfMS

The Report of the Inauguration Ceremony is presented at the following link: AfMS Inauguration Ceremony

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:

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.

As the next step in our IFMS development, we are planning to propose to
its Asian Members the creation of the Asian Meteorological Society.


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:

Your NMSoc will become your door to the Global Weather Enterprise. Please see the related documents on this link. 

We urge all existing NMSocs which are not yet a member of the IFMS to become members to be involved in international activities.


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.