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 2021

The Harry Otten Prize for Innovation in Meteorology has been awarded for the fifth time. During the Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society that was taking place virtually, the jury announced that Kirien Whan, from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and Kate Saunders from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have won the first prize of 25,000 Euro. Their idea, Second Wind: Extending the official wind gust record with citizen science observations, is to use citizen observations of wind gusts, apply new methods of quality control to them and integrate the data into observations taken from standard measurement networks. Wind gusts are causing severe damages. Every seven out of eight weather warnings issued by KNMI in 2018 involved extreme wind gusts. Often, high wind gusts occur very locally, in between the traditional measurement network. A more detailed picture of the wind gusts can help to alert the public further in advance and more accurately.

Application timeline

On September 7 2021 the Harry Otten Prize, worth €25,000 has been awarded for the fifth time. Submissions of ideas for the 2023 prize round will be accepted starting on 15 September 2022 and ending on 10 March 2023. The Harry Otten Prize will be awarded at the EMS Annual Meeting in 2023 (foreseen in Bratislava).


To apply click on this link: application procedure.  It is easy and helps you to provide all necessary information. The exact rules of the contest and additional guidance can also be found on this site.