2018 AMS Washington Forum

2018 AMS Washington Forum

24–26 April 2018 Washington, DC

Important Dates

Registration & Hotel Reservations Open: Late-January, 2018
Hotel Reservation Deadline:24 March, 2018
Pre-Registration Deadline: 09 April, 2018

Connecting Science and Technology with Business and Public Policy

This much-anticipated annual event provides an important platform to examine public policy issues across the weather, water and climate sciences.

The value of collaboration and sharing scientific knowledge grows more critical every year, and this event is an ideal setting for agencies and companies whose operations and planning are reliant on environmental factors. 

The Washington Forum broadens and fosters the AMS mission of advancing of atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society. 

Keynote Speakers:

Enterprise Keynote:
Dr. Antonio Bussalacchi, President
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Student Dinner Keynote:
Dr. Yaítza Luna-Cruz
Senior Atmospheric Physicist/Meteorologist
Applied Research Associates
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, US Department of Defense

Dinner Keynote Speaker: 
Margaret Leinen, Ph.D.
Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, University of California at San Diego and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences


Executive Briefing:
Dr. Michael H. Freilich
Director, Earth Science Division
Science Mission Directorate
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 


2018 Themed Joint Sessions Include:

  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences: Opportunities for joint research and increased societal benefits
  • Autonomous Vehicles and Hyper/Local Weather Data: Pilot Project on Interstate 81 in Virginia 
  • Beyond the 5-day forecast -- American Industry Using Weather Data for Business Growth
  • Business Continuity and Risk Management
  • Community Consensus on Observational Needs: Report findings from the 2017 AMS annual meeting
  • Congressional Staffers
  • Federal Agency Leaders
  • Infrastructure Requirements for The Weather Research and Forecast Innovation Act
  • Meet the NOAA Leadership Team: Q & A and Reception  
  • Weather Apps: Economic Impacts 


Special Event

The AMS James Mahoney Memorial Lecture will be given at the AAAS Building Auditorium on Monday, 23 April, at 4:00 p.m., followed by a brief reception.  This year’s Mahoney Lecturer is Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished University Professor and Marine Studies Advisor to the President, University of Oregon, and former NOAA Administrator (2009-2013).


There are several sponsorship opportunities available at the 2108 AMS Washington Forum. All sponsors will receive recognition on the conference website, conference program and signage at event sponsored. Interested companies and organizations should contact Sotiria Qirjazi at sqirjazi@ametsoc.org.


All attendees must register to attend the conference. Registration may be completed on-line, via fax-in form, or on-site. Links will be available in the left-hand panel of this page. Registration rates will be announced and opened in late-January 2017.