What is the RMetS Ambassador scheme?
The Ambassador scheme is a network of members (typically early career scientists) of the Royal Meteorological Society who are available to come to schools and give talks etc. on climate change, weather or any other aspect of atmospheric science. The Ambassadors can also represent the profession at careers fairs and help with experiments on open days. The aim is to increase children’s awareness of meteorology as a career path and the range of people and jobs which are available, whilst also teaching them some of the science behind weather and climate in a fun and exciting way.
Book an Ambassador for your School now
Although we welcome requests from all schools, primary and secondary, we unfortunately cannot guarantee that we will be able to find an ambassador who can visit.
Become a Meteorology Ambassador
Who can get involved?
Anyone with an interest in weather and climate can become involved. Whether you are a first year undergraduate, postgraduate or already established in a meteorological career you can still be one of our Ambassadors!
Meteorological Ambassadors and STEM Ambassadors
As a result of increasing work with STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics network) and their volunteers, the decision was taken in March 2010 to join with the STEM Ambassadors Programme. Individual Ambassadors may also be open to a greater number of volunteering opportunities which we are unable to offer as such a small Society. All Meteorological Ambassadors are enrolled on the STEM Ambassadors Programme (Each Ambassador is registered, trained and CRB checked). Over 20,000 people across the UK are already registered on the STEM Ambassador Programme with the aim of demonstrating their STEM skills and inspiring young people to follow careers in the STEM fields; (which of course includes meteorology). The scheme is funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and is supported by a whole range of employers across the UK.
Please see STEMnet for more information on this scheme or to become involved!
Becoming a STEM Ambassador does not involve any cost, and training should take no more than 1 afternoon at a local centre. Once you are registered, please let us know so that we can start telling you about events!
What would we expect from an Ambassador?
If you volunteer, you will be contacted (usually via email) to see whether you are interested/ able to cover an event. We wouldn’t expect any Ambassador to do more than one or two events a year, typically involving a one hour session + preparation and travel time.
Do we offer support to our Ambassadors?
YES!! We have developed a series of talks, experiments and presentations which all Ambassadors can borrow, or you can make your own! You can find some examples here. We also reimburse all reasonable public travel expenses for Ambassadors.
Who should I contact?
Please contact Dr Sylvia Knight ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to ask for more information on the scheme, to request a visit or to get involved!