Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Our new web site

Last week we launched our new web site at http://www.rmets.org/.  It has been in development for several months now and was a complex piece of work.  This was mainly due to the fact that we completely redeveloped our events, news, membership and subscription renewal systems.  We have several different kinds of membership, ranging from student membership to Associate Fellow and Fellow.  We also accredit meteorologists and hold a register of these Chartered Meteolologists.

The site is built with the open-source system Drupal and we worked with external developers on this project.

Kathy Maxwell
Head of IT and Technical Services

A farewell to Paul Hardaker

After 25 years working in Meteorology I am moving to take up a new challenge in September as the Chief Executive if the Institute of Physics. Not such a big move if you consider that most meteorologists come from mathematics or physics, but nevertheless I am sure I shall miss being so centrally involved in the work of the Royal Meteorological Society. However, it will give me more of an opportunity to return to being an enthusiastic member, and hopefully more incentive to start contributing my weather observations from home (particularly my temperature obs) to the Weather Observations Website (WOW).

I am pleased that we have been able to complete the transition to our new website before I moved on from the Society. I has been good to see the new functionality that the site provides and the potential it has to become a very important way of delivering a range of information services to members and the wider public from the Society, not least, I hope, an active blog where members of the Headquarters team can keep people up-to-date with new and interesting news about the work of the Society.

The Society is very lucky to have such a dedicated HQ team and membership, and so I am sure that my successor will have as enjoyable and interesting time as I have had at Headquarters. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement – and may we always be blessed with interesting weather.

Paul Hardaker Chief Executive