11 February 2014 Passing of Hans Reiff

The Board of the Harry Otten Foundation regrets to announce that our Chairman, Hans Reiff, passed away on 28 January, 2014 after a sudden illness.  Hans was a remarkable man and leader of the Harry Otten Foundation since its beginning in 2011.  We will miss his leadership and kind and friendly personality, and extend our very best wishes to his family and colleagues.

1 January 2014

Farewell Jill, Welcome Tanja

Due to personal circumstances, one of our founding Board Member Jill Peeters resigned from the Harry Otten Foundation Board of Directors on 31 December, 2013. Jill was a valuable link between the Board and the public broadcasting community. She was always full of enthusiasm and stimulated the Board with new ideas. As a jury member for the Harry Otten Prize, she often provided valuable and unique perspectives on the proposals being considered for the prize. The Board wishes her continued success in her career at VTM, the Flemish Commercial Television Station where she works.

We are extremely pleased to announce the new Board member, Tanja Cegnar, who will begin serving on 1 January 2014. Tanja works for the Slovenian Environment Agency, which incorporates also the Slovenian Meteorological Office. She presents the weather at the national television station in Slovenia. For many years she has coordinated the activities of the media team of the European Meteorological Society. She brings wide experience with the environmental and weather forecasting and broadcasting communities, and she will help the Board with the publicity that needs to be generated for the prize.

11 September 2013

Harry Otten Prize for Innovation in Meteorology awarded for the first time

Idea to use “Social media for meteorological prediction and information” receives 25,000 Euro

The Harry Otten Prize for Innovation in Meteorology has been awarded for the first time during the Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society currently taking place in Reading (UK). Harry Otten announced that the jury has decided that Karolina Stanisławska with her idea “Social media for meteorological prediction and information” has won the prize which is endowed with 25,000 Euro.

The idea “Social media for meteorological prediction and information” proposed by Karolina Stanisławska is about constructing a meteorological system based on the information extracted exclusively from social media content. The system would be a service providing crowdsourced information about actual weather conditions, identification of hazardous weather events and reaction of people to weather information.

Karolina was born in Poland and graduated in computer science at the Poznań University of Technology in 2011. She is currently working as a researcher in climate modelling and greenhouse gases topics for the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and as a programmer for improving point forecasts for Institute of Meteorological Research (IMR) in Iceland.

The winner of the prize has been selected out of three finalists. The other two finalists received 2,500 Euro for the following ideas:

The “Global Weather Alliance - the WeatherShare service - wxshare.org” presented by Karl H. Eggestad is a free and open video and audio clip and image material service specifically targeted for the worldwide weather broadcasting community.

“Forecasting and Mapping Ice Thickness for Ice Skating on Natural Lakes and Canals” presented by Gert-Jan Steeneveld, Bert Heusinkveld and Kevin Damman aims at improving the quantitative forecasting of ice growth and communicating this in a fast way to the general public.

Overall the jury has received 19 applications for the prize mainly from different European countries and the USA. The Harry Otten Prize is awarded every two years. More information including the full abstracts of the finalists is available on this website.

Hans Reiff, Chairman of the jury: “Karolina’s idea is highly innovative with significant potential benefits to society.  These benefits include both use of people to provide weather data and information to meteorologists through the social media as well as information on how society reacts to weather information and forecasts from meteorologists.“

Harry Otten, Founder of the Harry Otten Foundation: “I am delighted that the Prize has been awarded to such an innovative proposal. I hope that the Prize helps to put her idea into practice.“

Pictures from the EMS Annual Meeting 2013 - Awards Ceremony

Harry Otten and the winner of the Harry Otten Prize 2013, Karolina Stanislawska
Harry Otten introducing the ideas of the three finalists
The three finalists, Karolina Stanislawska, Karl Eggestad and Gert-Jan Steeneveld together with Harry Otten

11 June 2013

The jury has selected the finalists for the 2013 prize round. They will present their idea at the Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society (EMS) on 10th of September 2013 in Reading. There will be a special session for these presentations at 16.30 in room 102. The finalists are:

  • KH Eggestad: Global Weather Alliance - the WeatherShare service - wxshare.org (Abstract)
  • K Stanisławska: Social media for meteorological prediction and information (Abstract)
  • GJ Steeneveld, B Heusinkveld, and K Damman: Forecasting and Mapping Ice Thickness for Ice Skating on Natural Lakes and Canals (Abstract)

After the presentations the jury will make a decision about the prize winner. The prize will be handed over during the awards ceremony of the EMS Meeting on 11 September 2013. 

 

10 March 2013

The submission deadline to send applications for the 2013 Harry Otten Prize has passed on March 15th 2013. The jury thanks all participants and is now evaluating the proposals. For more information about the further steps please consult the timeline.

15 October 2012

Applications to win the price can now be sent through this website. The application form will be available until 10 March 2013.

12 September 2012

At the EMS Annual Meeting in Lodz it was announced that the jury decided to have no prize winner this round. However, there were two honorable mentions and a presentation on what the jury understands as innovative ideas.

Pictures from the EMS Annual Meeting 2012 - Awards Ceremony

Chairman Hans Reiff introducing the Harry Otten Prize
Harry Otten presenting the Honorary Mentions
Vice Chairman Richard Anthes talking about innovation and guidance for applications.

15 January 2012

The submission deadline to file applications for the Harry Otten Prize has passed on January 15th 2012. Within four months 12 applications were received. The jury thanks all participants and is now evaluating the proposals.

15 September 2011

Applications to win the price can now be sent through this website. The application form will be available until 15 January 2012.

12 September 2011

The Harry Otten Prize is introduced within the Opening Ceremony of the ECAM / EMS 2011 conference in Berlin by Hans Reiff, chairman of the board of the Harry Otten Foundation. You can see the introduction in a video stream, starting at 1:30.

19 June 2011

The final rules of contest and guidance of which ideas could won the prize have been published on the website. Applications are possible from September 2011 onwards.

13 May 2011

During the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Meteo Consult and the retirement of Harry Otten the Foundation and the Harry Otten Prize were announced.

12 May 2011

The board of the Harry Otten Foundation has met in Wageningen, The Netherlands for its first meeting. Many decisions have been made about the detailed rules of partipication. 

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