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Here is a selection of recent and upcoming outreach events to which members of the Meteorology Department contribute. (Back to Outreach Page)


August 18th – Hannah Cloke interview with the Royal Society:




Children’s Christmas Lecture

Presented by Dr Vicky Boult

G10, Palmer Building

Whiteknights campus

Elephants are always on the move! Looking for food or water, going to meet friends or moving away from danger.

Join Dr Vicky Boult, an expert in all things elephant, on a journey alongside a family of elephants over the course of a year in their lives. We’ll meet the members of the herd, explore why and where they move and how this is changing. Expect drama, difficult decisions and lots of laughs along the way!

Admission free. Booking essential.

Suitable for children 7-12 years.

To book your place, visit


7 June The Weather Game

returns for another friendly round. Newcomers and return competitors are welcome to try out their weather forecasting skills and fight their way to the top of the leader board. There are a few nice prizes too!

This activity gives school pupils and weather fanatics a glimpse at the science used on television forecasts or to monitor impacts of climate change. A number of high-profile TV weather forecasters like Laura Tobin (pictured below) and Tomasz Schafernaker made some of their first forecasts while they were students at Reading.

Forecasts from leading sources like the Met Office and BBC Weather can be used as a basis for predictions, but players are encouraged to follow their own intuition on where weather might differ from what is expected. For example, if changeable weather is certain or there is only a small chance of showers, going against the expert forecasts for sunshine and rain might earn you the points.

Entrants will make predictions on the temperature, precipitation and sunshine hours for three fixed locations: Reading, UK; Toronto, Canada; Hong Kong, China and also for another city that changes weekly. While travel is off the cards for most of us this year, experiencing the weather is something that connects us all.

Full details are on The Weather Game ( and registration opens on 7 June with six weekly forecasts due by Fridays 19:00 BST


July – The Weather Game This friendly competition developed by Department of Meteorology scientists was opened to the public for the first time. It saw entrants from around the world try and predict accurate weather forecasts over six weeks.


13 March – British Science Week – Climate Change – Ask Me Anything!   Pupils joined the live audience from Oakbank School and Robert Mays School. Online questions from Bohunt Wokingham and others. Some of the questions and answers are found in the Research Blog post


18-19 February – Year 12/13 Meteorology Taster Programme – a two day event to highlight some hands on maths and physics based activities; climate change; space weather; including a tour of the atmospheric observatory and a live weather balloon launch.


29 October – Year 12/13 Meteorology Taster Day – an opportunity for A level students to visit the department and discover what study and work in this field could be like. Applications can be made via:

30 April – The Royal Society Kavli Medal and Lecture 2018 delivered by Professor Ed HawkinsOur changing climate: learning from the past to inform future choices. The Royal Society, London 6.30-7.30pm (free entry – doors open at 6pm – seating on a first-come basis, no registration required)


Annual global temperatures from 1850-2017. The colour scale represents the change in global temperatures covering 1.35°C. Image courtesy of Professor Hawkins


The long hot, dry summer of 2018 was a reminder that our society is vulnerable to unusual weather, through risks to human health, aging infrastructure, transport disruption and lower crop production. Such heatwaves are now hotter than in the past because the planet has warmed over the past century, largely due to human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases. Other consequences of a warming world include extreme rainfall events becoming more frequent and rising sea levels as the oceans expand and the glaciers melt.

This lecture will outline how our climate has already changed and how volunteer “citizen scientists” are helping us improve our understanding of extreme weather by recovering millions of lost historical weather observations that were taken over a century ago. Further changes to our weather and climate are inevitable, but it is our collective choices that will define what happens next.

6 March – Portcullis Trust, Richmond, is held a fundraising evening talk by Richard Allan on The Science of Climate Change

5 March – Clare Watt – Space Physics Assembly at Holt School Wokingham, as part of National Career Week

27 February – ‘Space Blitz: Discovering the hidden impacts of WW11 bombing raids’ – Coinciding with the anniversary of the British raid on Dresden, historian Patrick Major and space scientist Chris Scott explored two different impacts of Second World War bombing raids.

19-22 February – The Meteorology Department and Met Office Work Experience Programme – will give 36 x Year10-13 pupils from a range of schools an opportunity to find out what work, study and research is like within this field.

5 February – Maiden Erlegh Trust opened its doors to its largest careers fair to date. Javier Amezcua represented the department and drew in the pupils with thermal camera activities.

4 February – Find Your Future was a subject taster day for Year 9-10 pupils, the theme this time was Climate Change. Nicolas Bellouin demonstrated how infrared radiation depends on temperature

4 February – The Physics A level pupils at Kendrick School were given a Space Weather presentation by Clare Watt

3 February – Steve Woolnough was a guest speaker at the Wiltshire Cricket Groundsman’s Association AGM, they are now better informed about recent climate conditions and forecasting.

24 January – Richard Allan ran a climate change outreach activity for 60 x Year 7/8 pupils at Northcote Lodge School (Wandsworth)

16 January – Nicholas Klingaman gave a lecture on tropical cyclones to Oxford Geographical Association – KS5 and teachers


27 November – The Flooding From Intense Rainfall Programme Open Event was held at The Royal Society in London. Professor Sarah Dance and Professor Hannah Cloke and their project teams showcased the work of this five year project to around 150 guests including stakeholders, interest groups, representatives from flood prone areas, town councils and parliament.

17 October – Our Changing Climate: Past, Present and Future – Public Lecture by Professor Ed Hawkins (Watch lecture)

14 October – Science Festival – If Festival, Oxford Town Hall, Graeme Marlton

9 October – Luke Barnard gave a career talk at Henley College

3 October – Royal Meteorological Society SE meeting hosted a lecture by Helen Dacre

27 August – Giles Harrison and Graeme Marlton recreated a historical balloon ascent with radiosonde

24 August – At the Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire, Claire Macintosh had a science stand with hand held weather data gathering kit. Around 800 people visited the stand.

25 July – The Jenner Museum in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, hosted an evening public lecture on Lightning given by Professor Giles Harrison

18 July – Matthew Couldrey gave an overview of climate change and sea level rise to the guides at The Living Rainforest, nr Newbury

8 July – The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers enjoyed a lecture on the history of the Stevenson screen, given by Stephen Burt

25 June – Ellie Highwood took a team of volunteers to Woodley CofE Primary School for their Science Day

23 June – RMetS Careers Information Day in London including a lecture on Sting Jets by Ambrogio Volonte

20 June – The Meteorology Department hosted 60 Year 9/10 children from 5 schools from the South East for a Meteorology Taster Day, How do we predict the weather? (see also review by Abingdon school)

19 June – The year 3 children of The Coombes Primary School were given a lecture/ presentation on the water cycle and flood exploration by Sanita Vetra-Carvalho

9 June – A lab workshop session was given by Javier Amezcua at the 2018 Open Day of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. There were around 5000 NCEO attendees from Surrey and Leicester

7 June – Talk by Richard Allan on Climate Change for Bohunt Wokingham School Year 8 students

3 June – Big Band Big Lunch: Met staff engaged with young members of the public at this University event that included activities such as clouds in a bottle and drawing the weather
Big Band Lunch

1 June – Roger Brugge gave a presentation on the atmospheric jet stream at the AGM of the Newbury Astronomical Society

25 May – Javier Amezcua and Lee Hawkness-Smith joined the Science Spectacular at Southcote Primary School. Their activities involved giant bubbles and saving an egg with a parachute.

23 May – Virtual Open Day: Richard Allan presented a live online talk about Meteorology and Climate Change to Year 10 students across the country

20 April – Space presentation and Q&A session at Farley Hill Primary School by Clare Watt

16 April – Roger Brugge observed and plotted weather and talked about weather codes with KS1/2 children at The Heights Primary School, Caversham

26 March – Talk on ‘Climate Change: What we know and how we know it’ given by Bill Collins at U3A

14-15 March – Matt Owens gave a talk on Space Science and Life as a Scientist at Thameside Primary School

21 February – Talk on One Hundred Years of Reading Weather to the Caversham Heights Society by Stephen Burt

20 February – Dan Hodson and Michelle Felton spoke about being an Environmental Scientist at Aldyngton Primary School during their Careers Week

13-16 February – Work Experience Programme – 36 Yr10-13 students from across the country attended this year

6 February – Tristan Quaife represented the department at the Maiden Erlegh Careers Fair

1 February – Ambrogio Volonte gave a lecture on Sting Jets to Sherfield School

31 January – Ellie Highwood and Javier Amezcua attended Kendrick School STEM Conference

17 January – The University of Reading and Richard Allan delivered The Science of Climate Change Workshop to 90 Year 9 pupils.

16 January – Giles Harrison gave a public talk at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week


1 November – Richard Allan talked about the DEEP-C project and whether global warming paused at a St Anne’s College discussion group at the University of Oxford

October-December – Contemporary Climate Science course delivered by Dr Charles Williams at University of Reading London Road campus

26 October – Ed Hawkins talked about Climate Change and The Weather Rescue Project to the Bradfield College Cafe Scientifique

5 September – Thorwald Stein provided a lecture on clouds to Cafe Scientifique, Salisbury

2-15 September – Twist in the Tail

The Met department contributed to this exhibition exploring the science and technology of “twisty-turny stuff” in, on, above and beside Reading’s rivers. Thermals, eddies, tornadoes, waterwheels, millstones, spirogyra, DNA, twisting plants, spinning and turbines have all affected Reading, its river dwellers, monks and red-kites one way or another!

28 July – Roger Brugge hosts Pride of Reading winner in the Department

June-July 2017 – Atmospheric Observatory guided tours

6 July – Meteorology outreach talk at The Coombes Primary School by Graeme Marlton and Javier Amezcua

5 July – Keith Shine talked at Reading Cafe Scientifique (British Science Association)

4 July – STEM Big Bang Careers and Apprenticeships Day at Leighton Park School. Amos Lawless talked about Maths and weather forecasting to Years 10-13.

3-9 July – we contributed to the Royal Society Summer Exhibition Royal Society, London

1 July – Royal Institute of Mathematics Masterclass by Sammie Buzzard

14 June – Codefest 2017 at Caversham Primary School. Hilary Weller helped Year 6s to use coding and maths to forecast how long it will take for rain to arrive

14 June – How do we predict the weather? The department hosted around 40 pupils from regional schools for a day of observing, understanding and predicting the weather

9 June – Keith Shine presented at the “Time for R32” Mitsubishi event on halocarbon emissions, Manchester

27/4/17 – Sun Protection Summit public lecture, Bruxelles by Michaela Heglin

7/4/17 – Talk to Geology and Geography Students at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College by Laura Wilcox

22/3/17 – Ed Hawkins FaceTimed with 10-11 year olds about climate change

March 15th 2017 – Richardson forecast Factory for Reading Maths Scholars led by Javier Amezcua

March 15th 2017 – Observing the weather and flying into the eye of a storm – John Methven visited St John’s Primary School, Reading

March 15th 2017 – Roger Brugge visited Harmans Water school, Bracknell

March 13th 2017 – Pete Inness attended the Peter Symonds College careers event

March 13th 2017 – Giles Harrison talked to Dauntsey’s School pupils about Environmental Physics and presented a public lecture to the local Physics society

13/3/17 – STEM for Britain poster at the House of Commons (Arathy Menon)

8/3/17 – Theale Green School 6th Form Question time (Laura Wilcox)

7/3/17 – Lecture for Liverpool Geologists Society by Helen Dacre
6/3/17 – Environmental Physics & Meteorology Career talk by Bill Collins

3/3/17 – Time for R32 talk on greenhouse gases at Mitsubishi Electronics (Keith Shine)

20/2/17 – Emma Irvine ran a forecast factory for year 9s at the University

February 14-17th 2017 – Work Experience Programme

February 15th 2017 – One Hundred Years of Reading Weather local talk by Stephen Burt

February 13th 2017 – Ross Reynolds talked about the work and history of the department to the Reading group of the Civil Service Pensioner’s Alliance at Greyfriar’s Church

February 7th 2017 – Maiden Erlegh School Careers event (Roger Brugge)

February 3rd 2017 – Your Future in Space
Environmental Physics & Meteorology Career talk by Clare Watt at the Godolphin and Latymer school

February 1th 2017 – Climate change and UK Response – local talk by Brian Hoskins

January 26th 2017 – Climate Science from a Climate Scientist – Richard Allan talked to the John Hall Venice course at the National Gallery

January 25th 2017 – Graeme Marlton and Javier Amezcua amazed Farley Hill Primary with the thermal camera and clouds in a bottle

January 19-26th 2017 – ORSA Meteorology mission – Ellie Highwood ran sessions on clouds and wind at Oxford Road community school

January 18th 2017 – Climate Zones at Whiteknights Primary – Ellie Highwood explored with Year 4s

January 17th 2017 – career fair at Reading School (Roger Brugge)


December 17th 2016 – Roger Brugge spoke at Reading School careers fair

December 14th 2016 – Magnificent Maths Day

Javier Amezcua contributed to this Maths-fest with topics includding cops and robbers on graphs, polymer maths, from crime scene to court, forecast factory, and infectious disease!

December 5th 2016 – Winchester Cafe Scientifique talk on forecasting by Roger Brugge

December 2nd 2016 – Environmental Physics careers talk

Giles Harrison visited Marling school

December 1st 2016 – Pete Inness talked about the weather to Year 8s at Reading school

November 23rd 2016 – Science talk to Dr Jenner’s House by Giles Harrison

November 22nd 2016 – “Your future in space”

Talk by Clare Watt to Barton Peveril 6th Form College, Eastleigh

November 16th 2016 – Environmental Physics careers talk at St. Albans High School

November 8th 2016 – Cool Clouds interactive class

Ellie Highwood visted St. Nicholas Primary school

November 1st 2016 – Highgate Literary and Scientific Insitute talk by Keith Shine

October 2016 – NERC In To The Blue event in Manchester

Department members including Claire MacIntosh, Jan Fillingham, Javier Amezcua, Till Kuhlbrodt and Andy Turner, through NCEO and NCAS, helped inspire thousands of visitors by bringing alive the world of environmental science and research

October 8th 2016 – Keith Shine and Brian Hoskins contributed to the Royal Society Science Matters event on Climate Changehosted by Brian Cox

July 2016 – Meteorology Observatory Tours

Roger Brugge led a number of tours for the public and also members of the University Council

5 July 2016 – Moving on Day at Sixth Form College Farnborough

Richard Allan talked about our Environmental Physics and Meteorology degrees

1 July 2016 – Richard Allan contributed to CODEFEST at Caversham Primary School

June/July – Oxford Road Primary School STEM visit

25 June 2016 – Alumni Homecoming Event at the University of Reading (sold out)

21 May 2016 – Claire MacIntosh represented NCEO at the National Oceanography Centre Open Day in Southampton

6 May 2016 – Sue Gray talked about weather forecasting to Loddon Primary School

4 May 2016 – Fairbrother Lecture 2016: “A slippery situation: melting ice in Antarctica”

Sammie Buzzard discussed some of the key issues around climate change and the collapse of ice shelves in Antarctica

28 April 2016 – “Not the End of the World but… A Christian Perspective on Climate Change”

Peter Cook is presented a talk as part of Christians in Science at Bill’s Restaurant in Reading town centre. Registration now closed.

13 April 2016 – Visit to the Observatory by Years 8/9 from Chiltern Way Academy

11 April 2016 – Talk on Weather and Climate Change to the Institute of Agricultural Managment Thames Valley Branch (Richard Allan)

1 April 2016 – Visit by Pete Inness to Year 8 Geographers at Reading School to talk about the weaher

1 April 2016 – Matt Owens talked about Meteorology and Environmental Physics to Worksop College

1 April 2016 – Observatory visit schools outreach by Roger Brugge and the IEA.

April-June 2016 – Contemporary Climate Change – Adult Education Course

Charles Williams and Adrian Champion discuss the basics of the climate system, how it has varied in the past and how it will change in the future and consequently impact society

31 March 2016 – Atmospheric electricity and high energy particles.

Giles Harrison was the invited speaker at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)regional evening meeting in Newport, Isle of White

17 March 2016 – Wild Weather Visit to New Christ Church Primary School

16 March 2016 – British Science Week: Aurora and Magnetism Across the Solar System

16 March 2016 – Ellie Highwood visited the 1st Lower Earley Beavers

2 March 2016 – Visit by Javier Amezcua to Year 1/2 at Coombes Primary School

13 February to 9 May 2016 – John Constable: Observing the Weather exhibition

Stephen Burt was involved in advising upon, curation and photography for the exhibition ‘John Constable: Observing the Weather’ at The Lightbox gallery in Woking. John Constable was greatly influenced by early meteorological science, particularly Luke Howard’s work on cloud nomenclature and taxonomy, and the exhibition includes early meteorological texts and weather diaries including Howard’s own MS diaries and published volumes from the Royal Meteorological Society’s archives. The University and the Department of Meteorology is credited.

16-19 February 2016 – Work Experience Programme

Further details

10th February 2016 – 100 Years of Reading’s Weather

Stephen Burt and Roger Brugge presented to a packed audience at the Palmer Building in the University of Reading about Reading’s weather history using meteorological measurements from the University and a combination of archived logbooks, contemporary photographs and today’s sophisticated automatic weather observations

3rd February 2016 – Environmental Physics Careers talk by Keith Shine to Marist School in Ascot

2nd February 2016 – Maiden Erleigh careers fair

28th January 2016 – Javier Amezcua visited Longcot and Fernham primary school to talk about the weather

11th January 2016 – Sue Gray gave an Environmental Physics careers talk to Forest School


15th December 2015 – Visit to Crossfields School to celebrate Tim Peak’s arrival at the ISS

14th December 2015 – Richard Allan talked about climate change to Henley in Transition

9th December 2015 – How do we predict the weather?

The department hosted around 70 pupils from local schools for a day of observing, understanding and predicting the weather

8th December 2015 – Ross Reynolds presented a careers talk at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh

1st December – UTC Lab sessions at the University

30th November 2015 – Junior Climate Workshop in Whitchurch

Nigel Arnell and Brian Hoskins ran a simulation of the COP21 climate negotiations for local school pupils

26th November 2015 – “Chasing Ice” Climate Change event

Nigel Arnell led a Pangbourne & Whitchurch sustainability group (PAWS) event and talked about the upcoming COP21 conference in Paris

25th November 2015 – “Electricity Everywhere” Autumn evening lecture

November 24th 2015 – Richard Allan talked on Global Climate Change to the Devizes and District U3A

November 23rd 2015 – The World of Physics event at the University

October 22nd 2015 – Aviation effects on climate

Keith Shine discussed the non-CO2 effects of aircraft emissions on climate at the Royal Aeronautical Society

26th September 2015 – Giles Harrison contributed to the Cloud Appreciation Societyconference

23rd September 2015 – The man who took Stroud’s temperatures

A local history society talk at Oakridge Village Hall by Giles Harrison

October 26th 2015 – Reading International Festival

Richard Allan talked at RISC on Global Climate Change Oops – we lost some data…

11th July 2015 – 50th Anniversary celebrations at the department

School Physicist of the Year event at the University

July 2015 – 3D printing workshop at Ridgeway and Whitley Park primary schools

2nd July 2015 – Clare Watt attended a STEM careers event at Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke

1st July 2015 – BigBang@Westking in Central London

10/11th July 2015 – Meteorology Department 50th anniversary open day events

27-23rd June 2015 – Impact forecasting and risks of the future

Joaquim Pinto presented public talks in London and Zurich

24 June 2015 – University Aspirations Day for St. John’s CE Primary School Year 6.

14th June 2015 – the department attended the East Reading Festival

12th June 2015 – Public tours of our atmospheric observatory

1st June 2015 – KS2 Climate Science and IT talk at Whitchurch Primary school

15 May 2015 – Robin Smith talked to Whitchurch Primary KS1 about climate and weather

9 May 2015 – Activities were on offer at Reading School’s Spring Fair

22 April 2015 – Measuring atmospheric electricity in Antarctica

Keri Nicoll talked to George Watson’s College in Edinburgh about her trip to Antarctica

April – June 2015 – Introduction to Weather and Climate

Jon Shonk presents a 10 week Continuing Education evening course at the University of Reading London Road campus

30 March 2015 – Nick Klingaman talked about Extreme Weather and Climate Change to the Farnborough U3A

24 March 2015 – The Taunton School became a forecast faactory for the day

21 March 2015 – Paul Williams delivered a lecture on climate change at the Marlborough Science Fair

21 March 2015 – Science Slam 2015 at South Street Arts Centre

19/20 March 2015 – Near Total Solar Eclipse Event

On Friday 20 March 2015 there was a rare near-total solar eclipse visible from the UK. The Department of Meteorology ran activities for local schools to help them learn more about the science and folklore behind this natural phenomenon, and the weather changes that may accompany it.

18 March 2015 – The weather at war: public lecture by Andrew Charlton-Perez

17 March 2015 – We contributed to the Pangbourne and Whitchurch Sustainability Group climate change workshop at Bradfield College.

February 2015 – Work Experience Programme.

Together with the Met Office, and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, we have developed a three day programme to provide first-hand experience of working and studying in meteorology and environmental physics.

16th February 2015 – Andrew Barrett talked to the Farnborough U3A about weather forecasting

14-15th February – Brighton Science Festival

Claire Barber ran an observations-themed stand with contributions from the RMetS as part of the Bright Sparks Saturday event.

11th February 2015 – Roger Brugge talked about the weather to Walberton and Binsted Primary School

3rd February 2015 – Maiden Erleigh School Careers Fair

2nd February 2015 – Roger Brugge talked to Garland Junior School

29th January 2015 – Rob Thompson talked to St. Mary and All Saints Primary about the weather

20th January 2015 – Matt Owens presented the science behind the film “Interstellar”

7 January 2015 – Richard Allan talked about extreme weather and climate change to the Farnham U3A society


10 December 2014 – Sue Grimmond talked about her work to more than 100 15 year-old students at the South-West Weiyu Middle School in Shanghai, China.

27th November 2014 – Careers Fair at Furze Platt Senior School, Maidenhead

21st November 2014 – Roger Brugge provided weather related talks and activities to Year 6 students at Manor Primary School

19th November 2014 – Clouds in a bottle at St. Nicholas Primary School

12 November 2014 – “Extreme weather and climate change: Should we blame ourselves?”

Nicholas Klingaman talks at Bournemouth University.

12 November 2014 – Careers fair at Reading School

11 November 2014 – Rob Thompson talked to Grazely Primary School about weather around the world

10 November 2014 – Our Changing Climate Free MOOC course

10 November 2014 – “Weathermen at war” by Andrew Charlton-Perez (Cafe Scientifique, Reading)

7 November 2014 – “The Science of Snow Crystals” RMetS talk by Mel Sandells

5 November 2014 – Big Physics Lecture to Key Stage 5 students

17 October 2014 – Roger Brugge presented weather-related talks and activities to Year 8 pupils at St. Richard Reynolds Catholic College in Twickenham

7 October 2014 – “Extreme weather and climate change: Should we blame ourselves?”

Nicholas Klingaman talks at Oxford branch of the Geographical Association (5pm at St. Edward’s School, Oxford).

1 October 2014 – Adrian Champion talks at the DONG Energy Customer Day about Climate Change

30 September 2014 – Dawn Turner attended a careers fair at Emmbrook School, Wokingham

27 September 2014 – Ed Hawkins attended the Ascot and Sunnings Environmental Network(ASCENT) Community Environment Festival

17 September 2014 – Ray Bell talked on extreme weather at Cafe Scientifique, Henley

8-10 September 2014 – British Science Festival at Birmingham University

21st August 2014 – University of the Third Age (U3A), Maidenhead.

A visit from a group of retired Scientists and Engineers for a series of mini presentations on weather and climate research and a tour of the atmospheric observatory.

2nd July 2014 – Global Warming and Extremes of Weather

Richard Allan talked to Year 12 students from Sandhurst School

24 June 2014 – Extreme weather and the latest climate change science

Richard Allan provided a presentation for the Highworth PROBUS club

17 June 2014 – Year 10 Meteorology Day

Over 30 school pupils attended our annual Meteorology activities day which included a weather balloon launch, tour of the field site, experiments in the fluids laboratory, using hand held instruments and becoming part of a human computer to forecast the weather.

17th June 2014 – Extreme Weather: Climate Change in Action?

Stephen Belcher joined a Panel Discussion at the British Library

June 9-11th 2014 – SEPnet GRADnet Summer School at NPL

Ed Hawkins and Andy Turner presented “Modelling today; leading tomorrow” and a “Climate & Weather Workshop”

June 8th 2014 – Antonio Portas and Sammie Buzzard attended the East Reading Festival

June 3rd-8th 2014 – The department attended the Cheltenham Science Festival

June 3rd 2014 – Extreme weather talk at Bradfield College

Adrian Champion presented a Cafe Scientifique talk about extreme weather.

May 31st 2014 – Feel the Force: Hurricanes and other Hazards

Ray Bell helped kick off the start of hurricane season by contributing to a public event aimed at providing engaging science activities and safety tips from the experts.

20th May 2014 – Chris Scott and Hannah Prior presented a Planetarium Talks at Crossfields School

9th May 2014 – Ray Bell talked to Risk Management Solutions Inc. about research on hurricanes

6th May 2014 – Visit from the Earl and Countess of Wessex

2nd May 2014 – Chris Scott talked to the Newbury Astronomical Society

April-July 2014 – Climate Change: Past, Present & Future – Continuing Education Course.

27th April 2014 – Averil Macdonald attended Science Fun Day, Dauntsey’s Primary School

24th March 2014 – Roger Brugge presented weather related talks and activities to Year 3 from Greenfields junior school

25th March 2014 – John Methven visited Langtree Secondary School, Woodcote

20th March 2014 – Averil Macdonald attended a Communicating Science Workshop at Kings School Canterbury

19th March 2014 – Mel Sandells and Laura Stewart attended the Reading College Celebration of National Science Week

10th March 2014 – Ross Reynolds talked about careers in weather at Peter Symonds’ College, Winchester

1st March 2014 – National Science Week activities at Ridgeway Primary School

Chris Scott presented space themed talks/actities for 4-11 year olds.

March 5th 2014 – Climate Change – Where has the Warming Gone?

Richard Allan presented our current understanding of the recent slowing in global surface temperature at the RMetS South East local centre meeting (see slides).

March 4th 2014 – AWE Aldermasten Environment Conference

Adrian Champion talked about Global Climate Change and Local Impact.

26 February 2014 – Weather activities with the Hanborough and Freeland Cubs

Graeme Marlton talked about what drives weather systems and provided hands-on activities to help cubs work towards their meteorological badge.

24 February 2014 – Extreme weather at Caversham Primary School

Richard Allan talked about the weather to Year 3 who attempted to blow as fast as Usain Bolt, create a “tornado” in a bottle and learned about thunderstorms and hurricanes.

19-21 February 2014 – Work Experience Program

20/21 January 2014 – Talk on climate and weather at Lambs Lane Primary school

Roger Brugge compares climate and weather between the UK and Spain for Key Stage 2.


18 December 2013 – A-level Maths Day Forecast Factory

Javier Amezcua and Neil Hart turned students into a human weather forecast computer simulation.

4 December 2013 – Aviation workshop at the Science Museum

Giles Harrison led a band of intrepid researchers to talk to the aviation industry.

1 November 2013 – Nicky Howe attends National Space Centre Leicester careers festival

16 October 2013 – Meteorology Technology World Expo 2013, Brussels

Giles Harrison talked about radiosonde cloud and science measurements.

15 October 2013 – Talk on tropical variability to a local RMetS group

Pete Inness talked about the Madden-Julian Oscillation and its impacts on medium range weather forecasting to the Scottish branch of the Royal Meteorological Society

11 October 2013 – Giles Harrison talked about Atmospheric Electricity at an Elektor Expert meeting in Germany

27 September 2013 – Giles Harrison talked about atmospheric electricity and high energy particles to the Vectis Astronomical Society

24 September 2013 – Year 12 Symposium on Weather and Climate

School students and teachers from around Berkshire participated in a mini-symposium covering the latest weather and climate research conducted in the department and at MetOffice@Reading presented by Nigel Roberts, Richard Allan (see talk), Oscar Martinez-Alvarado and Michel Tsamados and careers advice from Carol Halliwell and Dawn Turner.

17 September 2013 – Engineering weather balloons for atmospheric science measurements

Giles Harrison presented an Institute of Engineering Technology evening public lecture at Lews College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Stornoway.

14 September 2013 – RMetS climate change panel

Ed Hawkins and Richard Allan joined Jo Haigh, Julia Slingo and Peter Stott for a climate change question time panel at the Royal Meteorological Society’s Second Amateur Meteorologists’ Conference

17 July 2013 – Year 12 Maths Summer School Forecast Factory

Emma Irvine and Kirsty Hanley ran a Weather Forecast Factory as part of the Maths Summer School organised by Calvin Smith.

2 July 2013 – Caversham Primary school jobs fair morning

Richard Allan talked with around 50 Year 6 pupils at Caverhsam Primary school about what inspired him to learn about Meteorology and Climate Change and his career as a University Lecturer.

28 June 2013 – Re-opening of the Atmospheric Observatory

The Meteorology Department recently celebrated the complete refurbishment of the Atmospheric Observatory site and buildings which are used extensively in teaching and outreach (more…).

8 June 2013 – Trade Union Group conference

Richard Allan talked on “Weird weather: Is this the new normal?” and Michel Tsamados is discussed “The Melting Arctic” at the Confronting the Climate Crisis Conference in London

7 June 2013 – Sending Teddy to Space!

Rob Thompson and Graeme Marlton explained to Purley primary school children what will happen as their Teddy Bear is launched into “space” by balloon…

19 June 2013 – Jon Shonk talked about our website weather data graphs at DataSift

Emma Irvine conducting the Richardson forecast factory

22 May 2013 – Year 10 Meteorology Day

Schools from around the South East converged upon Reading to learn about how weather forecasts are made in a hands-on activity packed day. This included a tour of the field site, a radiosonde balloon launch (see also the raw data (4MB) and slides), performing experiments with density current and rotating tanks, using hand-held meteorological instruments and becoming a human computer to forecast the weather. The Met Office provided a latest weather forecast which was, unfortunately, dreadful (in terms of the cold, wet and windy conditions on the horizon that is)!

May 2013 – Roger Brugge visited the Reading 58th Scouts group.

April-May 2013 – Introduction to Weather and Climate adult education class

(Richard Allan, Jon Shonk, Roger Brugge)

15 April 2013 – Climate Change: the facts and current thinking

Richard Allan Talk provided a talk on the Science of Climate Change and dealt with some excellent question from the 3 Counties Womens’s Institute Science Group at Shalford Village Hall

23 March 2013 – Ted Shepherd talked on challenges in climate science at the University’s Donor Day

20 March 2013 – Teaching Physics at The Vyne Community School, Basingstoke

Sian Lane attended a session with teaching staff dealing with how to teach Physics effectively.

20 March 2013 – The Holt School STEM Careers Fair

(Dawn Turner, Roger Brugge, Jeff Chagnon and Jane Lewis)Claire Barber explaining about infra-red radiative energy

14-16 March 2013 – Big Bang Science Fair

Claire Barber and other members of the department and NCEO attended the UK Space Agency stand at the Big Bang Science Fair in London. The aim was to explain about the uses of satellite technology in monitoring and learning about our Earth (photo courtesy of the UK Space Agency).

14 March 2013 – Ros Cornforth attended the Abingdon Four Schools Careers Convention

12 March 2013 – Head of department, Robin Hogan, demonstrates a range of exciting weather activities for Year 3 children at St Columba’s College, St Albans.

8 March 2013 – Andrew Charlton-Perez provided a careers talk for Maiden Erleigh 6th formers

20-23 February 2013 – Work Experience Program

Dawn Turner coordinated the 2013 Work Experience programme for 32 participants who took meteorological measurements, including a tour of the Met Observatory and a weather balloon launch, became a weather forecast computer with help from the Met Office, toured the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts, conducted physics experiments and engaged in Weather and Climate Discussions.

13 February 2013 – Nick Klingaman talked at the Queen Mary College in Basingstoke

12th February 2013 – High energy particles and fair weather atmospheric electricity

Giles Harrison presented an evening lecture to the Astronomical Society at Cambridge University.

4 February 2013 – Maiden Erlegh Careers Fair

Dawn Turner, Roger Brugge, Jeff Chagnon and Jane Lewis attended.

21 January 2013 – Visit to Oxford Road Community School

Roger Brugge talked about weather in different climates to Year 3 pupils at Oxford Road Community School

January 2013 – Frontier Science Lectures

Department of Meteorology staff, including Matt Owens and Richard Allan (see PDF copy of talk), presented Frontier Science Lectures at the Association for Science Educators annual conference

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