Annual Conference 2020
The MetSociety would like to thank everyone for supporting our conference this year by coming to Christchurch, joining remotely and/or presenting. Despite Covid-19, with 115 participants/presenters (20 of whom attended remotely) it has been one of the biggest conference the society has organised. It is great to see that we are a growing society and attract more people every year and it also highlights the importance of our annual conference as a platform for presenting recent research and for networking and socialising with peers and colleagues. We were happy seeing so many of you at the conference.
It was a premier for us being able to provide online attendance and presentation at this year’s conference and we are glad about 20 people made use of this option. We will definitely also offer this at future conferences, pandemic or not. This will help us engaging with more earth system scientists and end-users across the country and may increase our overseas attendance and of course also helps to reduce our carbon footprint.
The conference offered a comprehensive and varied programme with talks from many different parts of earth system sciences and presentations were of high scientific standard. We had 86 presentations in total, 41 standard orals, 3 keynotes, 11 Pecha-Kuchas and 31 posters. We want to thank all presenters of this year’s conference; you make this conference such a success by sharing new and exciting work with your peers and interested participants. We would also like to thank James, Jim, Abha and Sylvia and all people at NIWA who have prepared and participated in the special Brett Mullan session.