Royal Meteorological Society Student Conference 2013

June 2013




The Legacies Fund provided me with financial support to attend the Royal Meteorological Society Student Conference 2013.

I was lucky enough to be a member of the organising committee for the conference and it was particularly rewarding to see our input and ideas come together for a very successful and enjoyable four days. There were over 80 delegates for the conference, which began with the keynote speakers Ted Shepherd, Mark Baldwin, Brian Golding and Harry Bryden, covering topics such as atmospheric dynamics, the evolution of weather forecasting and ocean-atmosphere interaction.

Over the course of the next three days there were eight oral sessions spanning a variety of themes within meteorology and climatology, in addition to a poster session, careers panel session and science communication session. I gave an oral presentation in the 'Climate: Past, Present and Future' session titled 'Precipitation change in the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes'. It was a great opportunity to present this work to a large number of peers and gain some valuable feedback. Discussion and networking spilled over into the evening social events, which included a traditional pub quiz and the conference dinner.

Overall it was a fun and extremely useful conference, providing a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other PhD students and early career researchers. I am very grateful to the Legacies Fund and the Royal Meteorological Society for assisting my attendance of the conference.