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Exploring the Met Office Academic Partnership with Exeter Innovation

23 January 2024

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Exploring the Met Office Academic Partnership with Exeter Innovation

Exeter Innovation hosted a hybrid seminar and workshop ‘Introducing the Met Office Academic Partnership’ attended by over 60 delegates in person and online at the University on January 8.

The event, supported by the Global Systems Institute (GSI), engaged academics across the University of Exeter more deeply in our partnership with the Met Office and to identify opportunities for future collaboration.

Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) members from the University of Exeter, Professor Mat Collins, Professor John Thuburn and Professor Richard Betts (joint Met Office) introduced the background to the partnership.

MOAP is a pioneering collaboration led by the Met Office, bringing together leading Universities across the UK, to advance research and innovation in weather and climate science. In 2022, the Met Office published a new Research and Innovation Strategy around which the MOAP is oriented in order to drive excellence in weather and climate forecasting.

Speakers from the Met Office, some with joint posts at the University, presented on the Research & Innovation Strategic Themes we are aligned to, including:

  • Next generation modelling systems, Dr Nigel Wood, Met Office
  • Hazard to decision making, Professor Peter Stott, Met Office & University of Exeter
  • Capturing environmental complexity, Dr Fiona O’Connor, Met Office & University of Exeter
  • Producing and exploiting ensembles, Professor Adam Scaife, Met Office & University of Exeter

In addition, we heard from the Co-Directors of the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence (JCEEI), Dr Rachel McInnes (Met Office) and Professor Hywel Williams (University of Exeter).

There was a chance for workshopping ideas in the four R&I themes for in-person delegates followed by a networking lunch.

The event was organised by Natalie Gawor (IPDM Climate Systems) and Chris Watson (IPDO Environment and Clean Growth) in Exeter Innovation.

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For more details about the MOAP and themes please contact Mat Collins on 

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