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Unlocking the Mysteries of our Weather and Climate


Speaker: Professor Paul Hardaker FInstP FRMetS CMet, Reading University

Physics plays a central role in the development and use of weather forecasts and climate predictions, and in helping to provide more accurate forecasts for the public, especially when issuing such things as weather warnings or contributing to policy on climate change. Professor Hardaker's talk will outline how we make these forecasts and predictions, and how we use these to understand key features of our weather and climate. Paul will also touch on some of the more unusual and perhaps unexpected applications of these meteorological models.

Tickets are free and available from the Box Office at Huntingdon Hall, 01905 611427, from 1 September. If you do collect tickets and are then unable to attend the event please return your tickets to the Box Office so that they can be re-allocated.

About the Speaker

Paul is the former Chief Executive Officer of the IOP and has a background in mathematics. He completed his PhD in radar meteorology at the University of Essex and has worked at institutes such as British Telecom Research Labs, the European Space Agency, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He worked at the Met Office for 14 years in a variety of roles including the Met Office's chief adviser to Government, providing support to the Government in areas such as climate change policy, the civil contingency programme and the UK's Public Met Service, before eventually becoming the first Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society in 2006, until 2012. He is now a visiting professor at Reading University.