European Meeting at the Meteorological Office, Exeter on 5th May 2017

I was excited to be at my first BFWG open day and I totally enjoyed networking during the buffet sandwich lunch with women from all walks of life. At Midday, a talk was given by Dr Cath Senior on Climate modelling: credibility and capability. She talked about how the dynamics of the atmosphere could be modelled by formulating equations, thus being able to predict the weather. These models used to predict the weather change in temperature are done using complex supercomputers (housed in the MET office) which perform trillions of calculations per second. We were made aware that the observed temperature has changed over the years from 1890-2010 and these change were as a result of man-made influences. An on-going challenge for the MET office is that it is difficult to model cloud because they would have to develop models for the different time frames. We were made to understand that policy on climate change would require credibility, predictions, amount of the scale coupled with climate models.

TURNING SCIENCE INTO SERVICES: An Introduction to the Work of the Met Office
Dr Vicky Pope, Head of Science and Technology Futures

Vice - Admiral Fitzroy (Captain of Darwin’s ship Beagle) in 1854 noted patterns in the weather. Weather forecasting was then under the Board of Trade) He produced a chart of the great October storm in 1859 and invented a barometer to be used in port before setting out and another for use at sea. He was appointed head of a new department to deal with the collection of weather data. The Shipping Forecast is now broadcast on radio every 6 hours and is available 24/7 on the Met Office website.

Dr Pope gave the following historical events:
The first official weather forecast was made in 1923 printed in The Times
In 1944 the Met Office forecast the weather for the D Day landings and saved many lives by delaying invasion by 24 hours.

BFWG ANNUAL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS  2017-2018

2017

21st October        Directors Training Day at HQ
 
21st October        North West Academic Presentations Day
 
25th October       GLAWG Event at London School of Economics
 
9th November      Finance Meeting at HQ
 
13th November    BFWG. Scholarship Fund Trustees Meeting at HQ
 
14th November    Westminster Seminar 14.00-17.00 at The House of Lords (optional morning visit , contact Monica Dodds at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

2018

3rd February         BFWG Scholarship Fund Trustees Meeting at HQ
 
6th February         6-O Meeting in Birmingham
 
8th February         Finance Committee Meeting at HQ
 
17th February       Management Team Meeting
 
24th February       Norfolk and Norwich Regional Meeting, Peak Farm, Norwich ,Lunch 12.30 for 13.00 with Speaker
 
24th February       Eastern Regional AGM 10-15.00 "Research into Mathematics Education in The School of Education at UEA" Dr Elena Nardi, a former recipient of a BFWG Award.
 
10th March           Executive Meeting at HQ
 
17th March           Northern Regional Meeting, Hollins Hey Hotel, New Brighton
 
28th April             CIR/CER. International Matters in a Changing World at HQ
 
18th May              Scholarship Meeting
 
20th May              BFWG Research Presentation Day
 
20th-22nd July      BFWG National AGM and Conference Denman College
 
4th or 11th September 6-0 Meeting Bayswater Rd
 
22nd September    BFWG Celebration of 100 Years of the Vote -joint meeting with Ireland and Scotland