Interview with HMD member Ksenija Cindrić Kalin
EMS LC: Is your job related to meteorology?
Yes, I am working in the Climatology Department at the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ), in Zagreb. My work is primarily concerned with climate studies, particularly regarding climate change and climate extremes analysis related to droughts and floods.
EMS LC: What society are you a member of, and since when?
I have been a member of the Croatian Meteorological Society (HMD) since 2005.
EMS LC: Why are you a member? What aspects of meteorology interest you most?
For me, it was a natural choice to become a member of the professional meteorological association which gathers almost all meteorologists in Croatia. It provides the opportunity to actively communicate meteorological science and practice. In connection to my job, climatology is my main area of interest and my expertise is in drought research.
EMS LC: What is your favourite type of weather?
I really enjoy all types of weather. However, since I cycle to work every day I definitely prefer stable, sunny weather (smile)! On the other hand, during the cold season I don’t mind if it is foggy or rainy while I spend the whole day in my office.
EMS LC: What is the extent of your involvement in your Met Society?
I was Secretary of HMD for two years at a time when HMD was a member of the EMS Council, so I was the Croatian delegate. Since 2010, HMD has organised a “Challenges in Meteorology” conference and I was actively involved in its organisation. Currently, I am a member of the Supervisory Board of HMD so I regularly communicate with members of the HMD Administrative Board. Generally, I try to contribute to the Society as much as I can.
EMS LC: What type of Met Society events do you like to attend? Have you ever attended an event remotely, via a webinar, Facebook Live, etc?
I like to attend the above mentioned HMD “Challenges in Meteorology” conference because it gathers a large number of meteorologists from Croatia, but also from abroad. Because scientists are often preoccupied with a lot of duties other than their research (sometimes they are not even aware what the colleague next-door works on), the conference provides an opportunity to introduce our work to the atmospheric science community in Croatia. I also enjoy study trips which are organised by HMD twice per year (in spring and autumn). They are usually in Croatia but sometimes in neighbouring countries where we are hosted by international colleagues. The trips provide the opportunity to meet meteorologists from other institutions and also our professional observers at DHMZ meteorological stations.
EMS LC: What type of events would you like your organisation to host? Do you have any suggestions of new types of event to be run by your Met Society?
My great wish is that Croatia will host the EMS conference. Every year a lot of Croatian scientists attend the EMS conference since it is one of the most important meteorological conferences in Europe. I hope that in the next few years the conference will be held in Zagreb!
EMS LC: What has been your favourite event to date that was carried out by your Met Society?
Last year the joint congress of the “6th International Conference on Meteorology and Climatology of the Mediterranean” and “Challenges in Meteorology 5” were organised by HMD and the Catalan Meteorological Society (ACAM). I think it was a great achievement for HMD. Also, I am happy that a few years ago HMD started to award senior meteorologists for outstanding contributions to meteorological science and HMD activities. Each year the Laureate receives the award on World Meteorological Day. It is very important to acknowledge our colleagues for their achievements.
EMS LC: What advantages do you get from being a member of your Met Society?
There are definitely many advantages to being a member of the professional society; for example to be regularly informed about activities regarding meteorological events, to retain communication with members from other parts of Croatia. Every year, the HMD nominates candidates for the young scientist travel awards (YSTAs) for attendance at the EMS conference and the EMS Young Scientist award for contribution to meteorological science. Another advantage for me was when I needed meteorological themed photos, I distributed a request to HMD members.
EMS LC: How are you kept informed of the activities of your Met Society?
Since I am the member of the HMD Supervisory Board I am informed through our regular meetings, but also via e-mail and our web page. HMD is also active on Facebook.
EMS LC: What could be done by the EMS to enhance its support for your Met Society and the European meteorological community in general?
From my experience, EMS has always been a large support to all HMD activities so I believe that we should remain an active Society and cooperate with EMS.
EMS LC: Thank you very much for the interview!