A Prize for Innovation in Meteorology

A substantial part of the national gross product in many countries is weather dependent. National weather services and the private sector have been innovative for more than a century to make better use of our meteorological knowledge. However, large gains are still to be made and the prize encourages individuals and groups to propose ideas how meteorology in a practical way can further move society forward. Meteorology can make society safer, can deliver costs savings, and improve the lives of large groups of people.

The Prize

The next prize round begins in 2016 and will be awarded from 2017 onwards every two years. The winner of the competition will receive €25,000 in cash and it is also foreseen to grant a lower amount to the second and third prize. Winners will retain full rights to their ideas.

Prize Winner for 2015

On September 8 2015 the Harry Otten Prize was awarded to Olivier Boucher for his idea "Low-cost upper troposphere observations for weather prediction from automated detection of aviation contrails". The prize worth €25,000 has been awarded for the second time. You can find more information in the news section. The next prize round will start in September 2016 and the next Harry Otten Prize will be awarded subsequently at the EMS meeting in September 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.