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Guidelines to be followed for the presentation of the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award

1. Purpose

The purpose of the Norbert Gerbier–MUMM International Award is to encourage and reward annually an original scientific paper on the influence of meteorology in a particular field of the physical, natural or human sciences, or on the influence of one of these sciences on meteorology. The award aims at stimulating interest in such research, in support of WMO programmes.


2. Criteria to be applied for granting the award

(a) Each award shall be made for an outstanding research paper in the field defined in paragraph 1 above; 

(b) Only papers which have been published in scientific journals will normally be eligible for consideration; a summary of a successfully defended Ph.D. thesis, however, would also be acceptable; 

(c) Papers published in languages other than the official languages of WMO will be eligible for consideration if accompanied by full translations in one of the working languages of WMO;

(d) Only papers published during the 18-month period immediately preceding the year when the decision on the award is taken will be eligible for consideration; 

(e) Papers that have previously won an international prize will not be eligible; 

(f) The award may also be shared between co-authors provided the other criteria for granting the award are met.


3. Presentation of nominations

(a) All Permanent Representatives of Members of WMO are invited to submit nominations during a specified period, in accordance with a schedule established by the Secretary- General; 

(b) Nominations, together with four copies of the paper in a WMO working language (original or translation) and an adequate summary should be submitted to the Secretary-General; 

(c) The number of nominations submitted by each Permanent Representative should not exceed two.


4. Method of selection

(a) The president of CAgM, in consultation with the vice-president, should nominate three persons as assessors, who should be distinguished scientists in the field of meteorological applications, who shall not themselves be candidates; 

(b) Each assessor should allot a mark to each paper, which should be a digit in the range 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest) and submit the evaluation to the Secretary-General. The evaluation should be based on the following: 

- Significance of topic; 
- Novelty of ideas and methods;
- Value of results to WMO programmes; 

with equal weight being assigned to each of these sectors; 

(c) The final selection of the award winner, or winners, will be made by the Selection Committee, of not more than two members of the Executive Council and ex officio, the president of CAgM. This committee will be specially constituted for this purpose by the Executive Council for a four-year period; 

(d) The Executive Council Selection Committee may decide not to recommend an award if none of the papers submitted is of a sufficiently high standard.


5. Nature of the award

The award will be presented annually and will consist of a medal bearing a likeness of Mr Norbert Gerbier. The prize of a total of € 7,600 will be paid by the MUMM Foundation.

6. Ceremony for presentation of the award

The award ceremony shall take place in Geneva during the session of the Executive Council following the session during which the award was considered and decided upon. The arrangements for the presentation will be decided by consultation between the President of WMO and the Secretary-General. 

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