The Outstanding Contribution Award

The Outstanding Contribution Award is granted to individuals in recognition of important contributions to the European Meteorological Society over a period of several years.

The Award is normally awarded biennially in the form of a certificate presented to the recipient during the award ceremony of the EMS Annual Meeting.

The EMS Bureau, representatives on the EMS Council, all EMS committees, teams and boards through the respective chairs, and the EMS Executive Secretary are eligible to make proposals. The EMS Bureau makes a recommendation, with the final decision being taken by Council.

The award was launched in 2015 and the first recipient was Tanja Cegnar.

Award Recipient 2017: Sylvain Joffre

Sylvain Joffre was honoured for pursuing and advancing the growth of the Annual Meeting activities of the Society through continuous and exceptional dedication to international networking and connecting diverse communities.

Sylvain is a member of the Committee on Meetings since its re-establishment in 2008, and has been leading the committee since 2014. He had a major role in establishing the EMS as a player among the European meteorological community with its diverse actors and stakeholders. He made exceptional efforts to bring in new components of the meteorological and climatological community to the EMS Meetings, starting with COST actions in the earlier years, and more recently the Copernicus services on Climate Change and Atmospheric Monitoring.

Sylvain Joffre very early on promoted the enlargement of the Annual Meetings that were focussed on atmospheric dynamics, weather and climate, towards communities studying interactions with, changes in and impacts on atmospheric composition and pollution/chemistry as well as space weather and oceanography. He strongly contributed to develop the profile of these subjects at the Annual Meetings.

Sylvain Joffre retired in 2016 from the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) where he was Head of the Meteorological Research Department since 2008.

Award Recipient 2015: Tanja Cegnar

Photo Tanja Cegnar

Tanja Cegnar

Tanja Cegnar is honoured for her relentless pursuit of the Media and Communication activities of the Society, continuously contributing to their growth and promoting with exceptional dedication the international networking of Broadcast Meteorologists, developing the Media and Communication session programme at Annual Meetings as a forum for exchange and communication, as well as instigating communication and public presentation training for scientists.

Tanja has been leading the Media Committee from its establishment in 2000 until 2008; then the committee adopted a more project based approach and Tanja as chair of the Media Team has coordinated the activities  and instigated new projects – and continues to do so.
Tanja Cegnar works at the Slovenian Environment Agency and is a weather presenter at the national television in Slovenia.