EMS Outreach & Communication Award

The Outreach & Communication Award is presented to projects that explore new ways to communicate the science of meteorology, climatology and related fields and its consequences to the general public. The Award is presented in form of a trophy during the EMS Annual Meeting.

Projects or candidates may be proposed by EMS Member Societies, EMS Associate Members and individual members of EMS Member Societies, individual members of the EMS Council and the Media Team, or individual members of the select committee.

Name and scope of the Award

The EMS Outreach & Communication Award

The EMS Outreach & Communication Award is given annually in recognition of projects that explore new and effective ways to communicate the science of meteorology, climatology and related fields to the general public. This can include the results and consequences of the science, and can also be targeted at a more specific audience. In particular project teams will be considered for the award, however individual achievements will also be considered.

There may be more than one project selected for the award in each year.

Eligibility and Decision Process

A selection committee, consisting of the Chair of the EMS Media Team, a member of the Awards Committee and the Chair of the Education Team, plus at least three more experts, appointed by the EMS Council on a yearly basis, will decide on who will be the Laureate(s). The selection committee will normally work by e-mail.

Candidates/projects may be proposed by:

  1. EMS Member Societies, EMS Associate Members and individual members of EMS Member Societies.
  2. Individual members of the EMS Council and the Media Team.
  3. Individual members of the selection committee.

The documentation required for the proposal is a description of the aims of the project and a plan how these are to be achieved. An example of the realisation (a presentation, video of a presentation etc) will have to be included in the documentation and, in addition, a short description of the background of the project team (members) will be required.


The Laureate(s) will receive a trophy that will be presented during the Media Session of the EMS Annual Meeting.
The documentation of the project will be published as an example of Best Practice on the EMS Website.

Call for nominations

The EMS invites nominations for the EMS Outreach and Communication Award 2018.
Deadline for nominations is 22 May 2018.

Award 2017

The Outreach & Communication Award 2017 was presented to the project Le train du climat & ses messagers, France, and the award presented at the EMS Annual Meeting in September 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

Previously awarded projects

EMS Outreach & Communication Award 2017 for “Le train du climat & ses messagers”

“Le train du climat” has been selected to receive the award for its very innovative and original concept to develop an exhibition on a train, as a catalyst for discussion and debate about climate change issues, between scientists and cultural mediators present on board and general public.

Taking place on the eve of the Paris accord negotiations in 2015, the project has been very successful and has met its main goal, which was to advance climate literacy and to contribute to science-based policy making and individual actions, by raising public awareness and delivering a nationwide message about climate change.

The exhibition has been built as a narrative story using a combination of state of the art outreach methods to educate the public. On its 3-week journey around France and 19 stopover cities in total, the train reached 23,000 people plus ~3000 school children and ~1000 decision makers and elected representatives. It also received an extensive coverage in media, which included TV, radio and news papers.

The idea of a train-based outreach tool for climate has been taken up in 2016 by Morocco for COP22 in Marrakesh and a new edition of Le train du climat is planned in France again in 2017-2019 with a special focus on solutions at regional scale.

All photos by “Messagers du Climat”

Co-­initiators of the project

The project was collectively devised by Christophe Cassou, Research scientist at CNRS/Cerfacs (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique), Catherine Jeandel, Research Director at CNRS, Beatrice Korc, a free-lance editorial manager, and Serge Planton, a Climate Researcher at Météo-France. 42 scientists of very diverse expertise from 13 different institutes were on board. The project was strongly supported by SNCF, the French National Railway Company, and Train-Expos, its subsidiary, together with the ministries of Education & Research and Ecology.

A very detailed account of the project from its first ideas to the practicalities of its implementation, its achievements and lessons as a building process along its journey, the wealth of other activities that had been instigated on its way through France, is given in the

Science Park of the Austrian Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG)

_C9A8559_sebastiian-philipp_kleinThe EMS Outreach & Communication Award 2016 was presented to this project for its success in providing a sophisticated educational experience, its breadth of appeal to a wide target group ranging from small children and students to scholars and interested citizens, and its instructive presentation of the science using interactive tools aimed at increasing interest and awareness for a subject of importance to society. The project is designed as a long-term endeavour, and it is sustainable and already being expanded to additional locations across the country.



Photos: Sebastian Philipp, Thomas Wostal

The main aim of the new Science Park of ZAMG is to offer a state-of the-art science communication (hands-on, minds-on) in the areas of weather, climate, environment and geophysics at ZAMG´s head quarter in Vienna and at the Customer Service Offices (Salzburg, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Graz).
The objectives of the concept include

  • To address people of all ages, who visit the ZAMG with guided tours, or during special events;
  • To motivate visitors to participate in ZAMG´s science projects that have a Citizen Science approach (e.g. severe weather, phenology and climate, change, reports of earthquakes, etc.);
  • To encourage to reflect and discuss the connections between science and everyone´s life and the possibilities of interacting;
  • To intertwine the official measurement sites and the route of the guided tours.

The Science Park at the ZAMG head quarters opened on 23 March 2015, World Meteorological Day; the Science Parks in Graz and Salzburg opened this year, also on World Meteorological Day (23 March 2016).
6000 people have visited the Science Park so far, 4000 on giuded tours, 2000 during the Austrian “Night of Science”.

More information on the Science Park:


The Sandscape project receives an Honourable Mention for its innovative, clever, interactive and visually stimulating approach, which combines hands-on demonstrations, entertainment and plenty of fun in order to increase public interest and awareness.

Budding sand sculptors were shown how to fashion elaborate structures from sand and water – creating a landscape with bridges, towers, factories and even stadiums. As they worked they reflected on what makes a healthy city, discussing with the scientists how the natural and built environments influence air quality and circulation and how this impacts our health.

oc2016_metoffice_sandscape_Seite_09Sandscape – links to further information:

2014: MetOffice STEM Outreach Programme, UK
2014: Turbulence, Czech Republic

2013: Siri Kalvig, Norway
2012: Kappflygning, Norway
2012: The Irish Met Society Committee
2011: theWeather Club, UK
2011: Mountain Wave Project, Germany
2010: Météo Jeune Regional Meetings, France
2009: Rob van Dorland & the Platform Communication on Climate Change, The Netherlands
2009: Marco Virgilio, Italy, for the Meteoweekend Broadcast Project
2008: Extreme Weather Week Project by Svein Haaland &  Ekstremværuka, Norway
2008: meteoalarm.eu by the EUMETNET EMMA Project