promoting the sciences about the atmosphere and hydrosphere, in particuar aeronomy, glaciology, oceanography, climatology, meteorology and atmospheric physics and chemistry; included also is the application of all these disciplines to other planets.
supporting especially young researchers, by offering a platform for exchange about progress in the atmospheric sciences. Furthermore, the annual meeting of the society favours the build-up of a network of Swiss and other researchers.
Together with the German and Austrian Society of Meteorology (DWD and ÖGM, respectively), the SGM is co-publisher of the peer-reviewed journal Meteorologische Zeitschrift and is co-organiser of the international DACH-MT conference, which takes place every three years. Further, the SGM supports other scientific conferences.
The SGM was founded on 8 August 1916 in Scuol / Schuls as Swiss Society for Geophysics, Meteorology and Astronomy (GMA), and it was then part of the Swiss Society of Natural Sciences (SNG). The constituting assembly took place on 28 April 1917 in Bern. The name of the Society was finally changed to Swiss Meteorological Society (SGM) on 7 October 1994, after a separate Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics and for Geophysics was established.