Outstanding Poster Award

The Outstanding Poster Award has been established in 2009, to highlight good quality posters presented at the EMS Annual Meetings.

As the goal of this poster award is to foster the clear communication of scientific content also to non-specialists of the presented topic, the emphasis of the evaluation will be put on the attractiveness of the graphical representation and on the clarity of the text. Only posters which satisfy the communication criteria will be taken into consideration for the evaluation from a scientific point of view.

Communication criteria:
  • Attractive graphical representation
  • Clear and concise text
  • Intuitive structure
Scientific aspects:
  • Scientific quality
  • Potential impacts of the results
  • Innovativeness of the approach

The author(s) receive one registration fee waiver for the EMS Annual Meeting in the following year, and the posters are highlighted on the EMS website as example of Best Practice.

A selection committee of five senior scientists is established each year. The composition of the committee 2018 ist as follows:

  • Saskia Willemse (chair, EMS Committee on Meetings, MeteoSwiss)
  • Marie Doutrioux-Boucher (EUMESAT)
  • Sven-Erik Gryning (DaMS, Denmark)
  • István Ihász OMSZ, Hubgary)
  • Tony Wardle (Met Office, UK)

New regulations for the Poster Award at EMS2018, Budapest

1) Participation:

To participate in the poster award competition authors need to tick the relevant box during abstract submission.

2) Eligibility:

  • Authors have to be under 35 years on 1 September 2018.
  • Authors have to be first author AND presenting author AND contact author of the relevant abstract.
  • Authors have to be at the EMS2018.
  • Authors can participate with exactly 1 poster.

Poster Award at EMS2017, Dublin

Ilari Lehtonen from the Finnish Meteorological Institute and his colleagues have been selected to receive the Outstanding Poster Award 2017 for their poster High-resolution projections for soil frost conditions in Finland with regard to timber harvesting and transport availability.


This poster shows a fantastic combination of a clear and concise message underpinned by sound science and good presentation. The impact of climate change on the soil and human activity is shown through an innovative approach. This highlights the importance of Earth system modelling and also adaptation that will be required due to climate change. This work is not only applicable to Finland, but more broadly to other parts of the world at similar latitudes, and contributes to the field of climate services.

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