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Short information about "Norsk Meteorologiforening" (in English)

The Norwegian Meteorological Society (”Norsk Meteorologiforening” or NMF) was founded in 1962 as a trade union society after a break-out from the trade union of Meteorological Civil Servants (”Meteorologisk Tjenestemannslag”). From 2000 on, NMF is a member of the Norwegian Association of Researchers (”Forskerforbundet”). As such, NMF continued as a small labour political society within the Norwegian Association of Researchers. NMF is open for all members of the Norwegian Association of Researchers who have an association with meteorology.

Today, NMF has about 180 members from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (85% of members), Cicero, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Institute of Marine Research, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NILU, Oslo City Council, Universities of Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø, UNIS and Storm Geo (with reservation for errors and changes). Since 2002 NMF is a member of the EMS. (It is the professional/scientific branch of NMF that is a member of the EMS.)

NMFs main activity is concentrated around the bi-annual steering meeting. The web page of NMF was launched in 2006, but was closed down in 2011 due to a lack in interest. Other than that, NMF distributes travel support (upon application) for conferences, such as the Nordic Meteorologists’ Meeting, the ECAM/ECAC conferences of the EMS, as well as other conferences arranged by sister-societies within Europe. NMF is also participating in EMS meetings and conferences. From 2009 to 2011, Matthias Mohr from NMF is representing the Nordic Countries in the steering committee of the EMS.

In 2004 NMF organised the Nordic Meteorologists’ Meeting in Bergen. The Nordic Meteorologists’ Meeting celebrated its fifty year long existence in Helsinki in 2010.

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Norsk MeteorologiForening, NMF, an association for meteorologists in Norway was founded in 1962 when a group of meteorologists and scientists broke out of Meteorolgiske Tjenestemenns Landsforening (MTL). NMF had in 2011 178 members, of whom 152 are associated with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, including some members from Storm Geo, the Universities of Oslo, Tromsø and Bergen, Cicero, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, the Institute of Marine Research, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NILU and Oslo City Council.

NMF has two main objectives: i) to provide meteorologists access to a union and this is the political side of NMF; ii) to serve as a professional body for the promotion of meteorology as a science. For NMF to achieve these objectives, it carries two hats and has a political and a preofessional/scientific branch. Usually, NMF's members are associated with both these, but it is also possible to belong to only one of these branches. The union representation of the NMF is open to employees at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, and this branch looks after the employees' interests. Meteorologists not associated with The Norwegian Meteorological Institute may have an association with the NMF's professional/science branch, but not the political union side. NMF's political branch was originally associated with a national (“umbrella”) union called Akademisk Fellesforbund (AF), but in 2001 NMF, together with many other small unions, left AF in favour of Akademikerne. At present, NMF's union association is Forskerforbundet, which is a sub-group of UNIO. Forskerforbundet sets some requirements for NMF.

Unlike the Norwegian Geophysical Association (NGF with 127 members and founded in 1917), NMF membership is open as opposed to the requirement of a recommendation by the association's members. Any member of Forskerforbundet who has an association with meteorology can become a member of NMF, and Forskerforbundet is open to scientists and people with higher education or has a scientific or administrative position which normally requires higher education. Furthermore, NGF represents a wide specter of geophysics ranging from solid earth physics to the high atmosphere while NMF focuses on the meteorological/oceanographical/climatological aspects. NGF is purely scientific, whereas NMF also looks after political issues. The political branch of NMF has local clubs in Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø, where Norwegian Meteorological Institute has regional offices, but the professional/scientific branch is nation-wide.

The objectives of professional/scientific branch include the promotion meteorology and scientific issues relevant to its members and improve cooperation nationally and internationally. One example is the organisation of a Nordic Meteorologists’ Meeting in Bergen in 2004. NMF also provides a resource for meteorological issues for “Forskerforbundet”.

NMF has a committee of 5 who is common for both the political and the professional/scientific branch. The committee is elected for 2-year periods, and has the responsibility for arranging bi-annual meetings where the activities of NMF's professional/scientific branch are accounted for, the accounts are presented, and the agenda as well as member fees are discussed. At every bi-annual meeting, a new committee is elected. NMF has a convention which it is required to follow, and this convention is partly formulated by Forskerforbundet but NMF also has some freedom to set its own rules.

forskerforbundet/nmf_english_intro.txt · Last modified: 2011-05-25 11:01:12 by matthiasm