2020 AMS Washington Forum

2020 AMS Washington Forum

21–23 April 2020 Washington, DC

Important Dates

Hotel Reservation Deadline: 16 March 2020
Pre-Registration Deadline: 31 March 2020
No Registration Refund After: 10 April 2020



Connecting Science and Technology with Business and Public Policy

Mark your calendars now for the 2020 AMS Washington Forum. This much-anticipated event provides an important platform to examine public policy issues across the weather, water, and climate sciences. We will have several leadership keynotes. 

This meeting is open for anyone interested in learning more about how weather, water, and climate information can help support risk management across the public and private sectors. This includes agencies and companies whose operations and planning are reliant on environmental factors.

The AMS Washington Forum is organized by the AMS Board on Enterprise Economic Development (BEED), a part of the AMS Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise (CWWCE).   

Keynote Speakers

Hon. Neil A. Jacobs

NOAA Leadership Keynote

Acting Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Everette Joseph

Weather Enterprise Keynote

Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Mark Abbott

Ocean Enterprise Keynote

Director and President, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Kevin Petty

Kevin Petty

Student Dinner Keynote

Director, Science and Forecast Operations, The Weather Company


Kathy Jacobs

Banquet Keynote

Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona







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Below are some of great session topics we will be featuring:

  • Addressing Our Wildland Fire Weather Needs
  • Truth in Science: Ensuring Scientific Integrity
  • The Future of Weather Forecasters and Technology
  • Climate Adaptation and Resiliency: Are we prepared?
  • Unlocking the Spectrum Puzzle: Balancing weather information needs with increasing global demand for spectrum


All attendees must register to attend the conference. Registration may be completed on-line or on-site. Registration for this meeting will open in late-January 2020. 


On-site registration. The AMS Washington Forum registration desk at the AAAS Building will be open for registration starting on Wednesday, 21 April at 7:30am, and will remain open throughout the Forum.

Professional and Respectful Conduct at AMS Meetings

Need to report unprofessional or disrespectful conduct? Email conduct@ametsoc.org or call 617-226-3965.

  • AMS is committed to safe and inclusive meetings for all attendees.
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at any meeting or event associated with the meeting.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Be inclusive and respectful.
  • Those who violate the standards of professional and respectful conduct may be asked to leave the meeting immediately and without refund, may not be considered for service on AMS boards and committees, and may be subject to additional legal action.
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination includes offensive comments and actions related to age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please immediately:

  • Notify an AMS Staff Member who is wearing a blue ribbon.
  • Email conduct@ametsoc.org or call 617-226-3965. All members of the AMS response team, listed below, will be alerted to the report and will ensure a timely response.
  • Email AMS Executive Director, Keith Seitter, kseitter@ametsoc.org

If you witness or experience behavior that constitutes an immediate and serious threat, please call 911.

Members of the response team: 

  • Keith Seitter, Executive Director
  • Stephanie Armstrong, Associate Executive Director
  • Brian Papa, Associate Executive Director
  • Jen Ives, Meetings Manager
  • Claudia Gorski, Director of Meetings
  • Wendy Abshire, Education Program Director

Inclusivity at AMS

AMS is committed to creating an environment for meetings that “embraces diversity through the inclusion of individuals across age, gender, race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, physical ability, marital status, sexual orientation, body shape or size, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, and other facets of social diversity” (see https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/about-ams/diversity-and-inclusion-at-ams/).