Summer Policy Colloquium

June 5-10, 2022

Final In-Person Agenda

AMS Summer Policy Colloquium participants standing in front of the U.S. Capitol Building

Put yourself in the picture: The 2022 AMS Summer Policy Colloquium.

Do you want to put your science to work? See it contribute to a better world? Then you want to be as disciplined in your approach to the policy process as you are to your research and services. 

Join some 30–40 of your peers: early to midcareer earth and atmospheric scientists from academia, government, and the private sector who will dialog with policy-level officials in the federal agencies and Executive Office of the President, Congressional members and staffers from both parties, and other leaders engaged in the policy process.

This is the 22nd year of this unique and highly successful AMS science policy immersion workshop; alumni now number over 700.

The 2022 Colloquium will cover:

  • The basics:
    • The science-policy process
    • Federal R&D budgets
    • Congress (House and Senate)
    • White House (OMB and OSTP)
    • Federal agency players
    • International science diplomacy
    • Environmental security
  • Policy implications of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, as well as selected climate-change legislation
  • Valuation—what’s involved in estimating the worth of environmental intelligence to society and the world
  • …and more!

This year’s AMS Summer Policy Colloquium will be held in a new hybrid format, combining the best features of the face-to-face sessions of prior years and the wholly-virtual programs of 2020-2021. Face-to-face sessions will take place in Washington DC from Sunday, June 5 - Friday, June 10, 2022. Virtual sessions on Tuesday, May 3 will provide participants a Colloquium overview as well as an opportunity for self-introductions. A follow-up virtual session scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 will introduce participants to the group legislative exercise (at that time participants will be assigned to small groups who will subsequently schedule their own virtual sessions to continue the group exercise prior to the June 5 arrival in Washington, DC).

Follow-on virtual sessions on dates to be determined later in the summer will explore:

  • Public-private-academic partnerships, domestically and internationally
  • Place-based (state and local) science-policy engagement

These are topics that involve policy-players widely dispersed geographically (in some cases globally) and so best lend themselves to the virtual format.

Virtual sessions will likely last 2 hours with one or two sessions on the scheduled days.


The experience is most rewarding to participants who have done preparatory reading. We recommend:


Learn more about the Summer Policy Colloquium, including participant biographies and agendas from previous years


The 2022 Summer Policy Colloquium has reached capacity. To join the waiting list in the event of cancellations, please contact Paul Higgins

"You can attend the Colloquium through three avenues:

1) Register as a Paying Attendee by April 15, 2022

(Note: those applying for NSF funding or for the Hooke fellowship should not register!)

2) National Science Foundation Funding

Important Note for Graduate Students: A limited number of graduate students and faculty will be awarded full financial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), based on a national competition. Those seeking NSF funding must apply by 31 March 2022. If you are applying for NSF support, you need not register separately.

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3) The Hooke Fellowship in Policy and Leadership

The William (Bill) Hooke Fellowship for Policy and Leadership is a competitive award for scientists and professionals who possess exceptional aptitude for and commitment to advancing public interest. Recipients of this fellowship attend the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium in the year of their selection. The standard costs of attending the Colloquium, including tuition and travel support, are covered as part of the award.

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