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.

Submission for 2021 prize was closed March 10th 2021.

The next prize will be awarded at the 3-10 September 2021 meeting of the European Meteorological Society. The EMS recently announced that the 2021 Annual Meeting, planned to be held in Barcelona, Spain, will instead take place entirely online. Therefore, Harry Otten Prize related activities will also take place online, in conjunction with the EMS Meeting. The winner of the competition will receive €25,000 in cash. It is also foreseen to grant €5,000 to the second and third prize. Winners will retain full rights to their ideas.

Application timeline

On September 10 2019 the Harry Otten Prize, worth €25,000 has been awarded for the fourth time. You can find more information in the news section. The submission for next prize round has been closed 10 March 2021. The Harry Otten Prize will be awarded at the EMS Annual Meeting, 3-10 September 2021.


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.