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:
- Creation and upkeep of AfMS Website – done
- Production of the first Newsletter – completed in January 2024. This Newsletter is available at the following link: https://africanmetsociety.org/news/first-newsletter-of-afms/
- Production of the first Journal of AfMS – JAfMS - to be issued in the third quarter of 2024
- Holding the first Conference of AfMS in the first Quarter of 2025.
The Virtual Inauguration Ceremony of the African Meteorological Society (AfMS: www.africanmetsociety.org) 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: 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.
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: https://forms.gle/trsTPVNqKvKwRW7T9
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.