Swiss Society for Meteorology

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Swiss Society for Meteorology
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purpose scientific society
Chair: Michael Sprenger
Establishment date: August 8, 1916
Number of members: about 140
Seat : Ettenhausen TG

The Swiss Society for Meteorology (SGM) is an association of meteorologists and other people interested in meteorology in Switzerland . The association is a company according to Art. 60ff ZGB. Michael Sprenger has been President since autumn 2015.

tasks and goals

The SGM promotes the science of the atmosphere and hydrosphere (aeronomy, hydrology and glaciology, oceanography, climatology, meteorology as well as the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere; the application of these sub-sciences to other planetary bodies is also included) in Switzerland and particularly supports young scientists . It offers its members the opportunity to exchange information on current scientific developments in the entire subject area and promotes relationships between Swiss meteorologists and colleagues at home and abroad.

Another main task is representation and networking on a national and international level. As a member society of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), where it belongs to the “Geosciences” platform, the SGM is indirectly represented in the Swiss Academies of Sciences . She also works on the Swiss National Committee of the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics (SNC-IUGG). Together with the German Meteorological Society (DMG) and the Austrian Society for Meteorology (ÖGM) it publishes the scientific journal Meteorologische Zeitschrift and is involved in the international meteorological conference DACH-MT, which takes place every three years. The SGM also supports other international conferences. Since it was founded in 1999, it has been a member of the European Meteorological Society (EMS).


The SGM was founded on August 8, 1916 in Scuol / Schuls as the Swiss Society for Geophysics, Meteorology and Astronomy (GMA) and was a section of the Swiss Natural Research Society (SNG). The constituent assembly took place in Bern on April 28, 1917. After separate societies had been formed for astrophysics and astronomy ( Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy ) and geophysics, the name was changed to Swiss Society for Meteorology on October 7, 1994 .


  • Saskia Willemse, Markus Furger (eds.): From weather observations to atmospheric and climate sciences in Switzerland. Celebrating 100 years of the Swiss Society for Meteorology, vdf Hochschulverlag Zürch, 2016, ISBN 978-3-7281-3745-6 . (Anniversary publication for the 100th anniversary with detailed insight into the history of the SGM, list of all presidents, as well as numerous articles on meteorology in Switzerland)

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