Broadcast Meteorologist Award

The EMS Broadcast Meteorologist Award is presented to honour life achievement of an outstanding broadcast meteorologist. The Laureate is invited to attend the EMS Annual Meeting.

The Award is given biennially.

Zoran Vakula, Croatia (photo credit: VARTEKS)

Award 2020

Zoran Vakula, Croatia, has been selected to receive the EMS Broadcast Meteorologist Award 2020. He is a meteorologist and editor of weather programme on Hrvatska Radiotelevizija (HRT), the Croatian national public service broadcast station.

Zoran Vakula’s strong professional and scientific background is combined with excellence in presentation with a high level of skill and an easy communication manner evident in his broadcasts. He initiated numerous outreach initiatives; in particular his work on developing a competition and subsequent exhibition of cartoons with a weather theme stands out. This initiative brought meteorology to a wide audience in a novel and entertaining fashion without trivialising the underlying science.
Noting the successful engagement of Zoran Vakula with the “Dancing with the Stars” TV programme and other media contexts where meteorologists are not typically seen, it is recognised that he had become a popular “household name” in Croatia. This stature enabled him to be all the more effective in his weather broadcasting and communication.

Terms of Reference

Name and scope of the Award

The EMS Broadcast Meteorologist Award

The EMS Broadcast Meteorologist Award is given biennially to honour life achievement of an outstanding European broadcast meteorologist.

Eligibility and Decision Process

A selection committee, consisting of the Chair of the EMS Media Team, a member of the Awards Committee and at least two experts, appointed by the EMS Council on a yearly basis, will decide on who will be the Laureate. The committee will normally work by e-mail.
Candidates may be proposed by:

  • Individual members of the selection committee
  • Individual members of the EMS Council an the Media and Communication Team
  • EMS Member Societies and EMS Associate Members.


The Laureate receives a trophy and is invited to the EMS Annual Meeting. The Laureate is a special guest of the Media Session and travel expenses of the Laureate to attend the EMS Annual Meeting will be covered by the EMS.

Previous Awardees

2010: Bengt Lindström, Sweden

2009: Károly Vissy, Hungary

2008: Bill Giles, United Kingdom

2007: José Antonio Maldonado, Spain

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