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Scientist studies and speaks about cloud formations

Gavin Pretor-Pinney

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Gavin offers keynotes about the science behind cloud formations. As a scientist, he leverages his experience to introduce audiences to cloudspotting activities and educate listeners about the types of clouds in the sky.

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As the author of the internationally popular Cloudspotter’s Guide, Pretor-Pinney introduces keynote audiences to cloud formations. Recognizing the importance of downtime for optimal creative thinking, he advocates for idle time to spark creative thought. Leveraging his experience as a presenter for BBC documentaries, the scientist and author provides listeners with an entertaining performance while providing an education about the science behind cloud formations and general meteorology. His thought-provoking keynote addresses open a new world to listeners by offering actionable tools for participating in cloudspotting as a hobby.

Reasons to Book Gavin Pretor-Pinney

  • Audiences are interested in Pretor-Pinney’s in-depth knowledge of meteorology and cloud formations. Offering important insights into the science of the sky, he excites global listeners.
  • His entertaining presentation offers his audience witty anecdotes about climate and the history of weather. By discussing the types of clouds at each level of formation, Pretor-Pinney clears up any confusion about the science behind what we see in the sky.
  • His book, the Cloudspotter’s Guide, is an international bestseller and available in various languages.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is an expert in the field of meteorology and cloud formations. Passionate about science, the author and scientist has written four books. His Cloudspotter’s Guide is recognized globally as the definitive work explaining cloud formations in a witty and fascinating presentation. The Cloud Collector’s Handbook is a catalog of clouds, guiding the reader in spotting and recording those he or she finds.

As an advocate for taking a step back to allow the mind to dwell in the clouds, Pretor-Pinney believes downtime sparks creativity. His Idler magazine advocates for spending time in relaxing activities like cloud spotting to enhance the mind’s creativity.

As a 2013 TED speaker, the author introduces audiences to the fascinating world in the clouds. Providing an entertaining and informative presentation about the science of cloud formations, Pretor-Pinney provides actionable information for listeners to identify cloud types and take up the cloud spotting hobby.

As a television documentary and book writer, Pretor-Pinney shares his expertise globally. Members of his multinational Cloud Appreciation Society foster the understanding of cloud science and appreciate the beauty inherent in each formation. Sharing breathtaking cloud pictures, art, and poetry with members via the organization’s website, members share Pretor-Pinney’s vision for the benefits of keeping your head in the clouds.

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Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, takes you on an illustrated tour of the sky. He shows how to recognize many of the varied and beautiful cloud formations, from the fair-weather cotton tufts of Cumulus clouds to the flying-saucer shapes of lenticularis and the rare and fleeting undulations known as fluctus clouds. Gavin explains why clouds look the way they do and how they reveal the invisible movements of our atmosphere. You will understand why clouds are the most dynamic, evocative and poetic aspect of nature, you will learn how cloudspotting is the perfect antidote to the pressures of the digital world, and you’ll discover that spending a few moments each day with your head in the clouds will help you keep your feet on the ground.

He can speak on the following topics:

  • The Art and Science of Cloudspotting.
  • Understanding our atmosphere.
  • The sky and mindfulness.
  • How a society of sky enthusiasts advanced the science of cloud classification.
  • Cloudspotting For Beginners.


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Gavin Preator-Pinney’s performance at the Weisman Art Museum was a hit! It sold out immediately and the audience was spellbound by his vast knowledge and his wonderful unpretentious style. While an art museum might seem to be an unusual venue for a talk about clouds, he did a great job of tying his presentation to art—from Constable’s 19th century cloud studies to the contemporary.

Lyndel King

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

I just wanted to send my deepest thanks for Gavin coming to speak at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. He was such a fantastic speaker, and the sell-out audience was very engaged. He was fantastic to work with!

Kathleen Meyer

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is not only a creative person, he is also very accessible. At the PINC Conference we have worked several times with Gavin, and on every occasion his talk has had a fantastic atmosphere – as much for a big audience, as for a small group. Gavin presents amazing and lively vision of the clouds. We have seen how our audiences, whether they consist of business leaders or students, have been encouraged to see the sky and experience the pleasures of cloudspotting in a new and inspiring way.

Nelleke van Lindonk

PINC Conferences

Gavin gave an awesome talk at Google Zeitgeist in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was immediately affectionately known by our attendees as ‘the cloud guy’.

Helen Hutton

Google and Producer of Zeitgeist

We invited Gavin Pretor-Pinney to our keynote speaker for a networking event which brought together leaders from competitive organizations across the globe. Gavin's presentation brought the group together. His vivid imagery from all around the world brought out the little child in each of us and reminded us that we're all under the same sky. His demonstrations, explanations, and science had everyone smiling, and by the end we heard terrific feedback from the entire audience. For any experience where you hope to create partnership and friendship among strangers, Gavin's message and presentation will surely do just that.

Jeremy Hanks

Founder & CEO, Dsco

Gavin Pretor-Pinney remains a uniquely brilliant guide to the physical world… It's a magical formula.

Mail on Sunday

Pretor-Pinney reminds me of the best kind of science teacher – clever, passionate, indomitable in his determination to share his knowledge.

Daily Telegraph

His style is genial, his enthusiasm uplifting and his book nothing less than a subtle but glorious mantra for a way of life.

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