Honorary President, Irish Science Teachers’ Association
Meteorologist Gerald Fleming retired as Head of Forecasting from Met Éireann in December 2017. He took out B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Experimental Physics from University College Dublin, following which he joined Met Éireann in 1980. For most of his 37 years with Met Éireann he worked as a weather forecaster and a weather broadcaster, becoming a familiar face on Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ.
Since retirement he continues to be very involved in meteorology, most notably with through the World Meteorological Organisation (a UN specialised agency) for whom he has chaired the Programme on Public Weather Service Delivery for well over a decade. He has also taken up consultancies with WMO and the World Bank in connection with projects to modernise a number of Meteorological Services in South Asia.
He is a member of the Irish Met Society (IMS), the American Met Society (AMS), and is also active in the European Met Society (EMS) where he is co-chair of the “Engagement with Society” stream for the EMS Annual Conference. In September 2019 the EMS awarded their Silver Medal – their highest award - to Gerald at their Annual Conference in Copenhagen.
Gerald is founder member of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology, for whom he served two terms as Chair. He continues to lecture extensively and to conduct training courses on weather communication and related matters; during 2018/2019 he contributed to training events in Hungary, New Caledonia, Oman, Korea, Denmark and Laos.
He was privileged to take the position of Honorary President of the Irish Science Teachers’ Association in 2018 for a two-year term. The 2020 ISTA Conference entitled “From Junior Cycle Science to Leaving Certificate Biology, Chemistry and Physics: Issues and Challenges” will be held in the Explorium & Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown, Dublin on 7th-8th February 2020. Further information on www.ista.ie