2020 AMS Washington Forum Virtual Meeting

2020 AMS Washington Forum Virtual Meeting

26–28 October 2020

Thank you for attending the 2020 AMS Washington Forum!



View the Conference at a Glance

**The 2020 AMS Washington Forum took place in a virtual format. As we were not able to meet in person as planned, we had changed the format of conference to one that is conducive to virtual learning and collaboration. This event still provided an important platform to examine public policy issues across the weather, water, and climate sciences and featured several leadership keynotes. We hoped that by eliminating travel costs and setting registration rates as low as possible, we could maximize participation by those interested in learning more about how weather, water, and climate information can help support risk management across the public and private sectors.**


AMS Meetings and COVID-19

Connecting Science and Technology with Business and Public Policy

This much-anticipated event provided an important platform to examine public policy issues across the weather, water, and climate sciences. We had several leadership keynotes. 

This meeting was 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 included agencies and companies whose operations and planning are reliant on environmental factors.

The AMS Washington Forum was 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. Kelvin Droegemeier

Administration Keynote

Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Hon. Neil A. Jacobs

NOAA Leadership Keynote

Acting Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Kevin Petty

Kevin Petty

Student Weather Enterprise Keynote

Director, Science and Forecast Operations, The Weather Company

Kathy Jacobs

Bring Your Own Breakfast/Lunch Keynote

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

Everette Joseph

Weather Enterprise Keynote

Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Keynote Topics:

Below are some of great session topics we featured:

  • 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

Registration Open

All attendees must register to attend the conference. Registration is now open.If you are an individual interested in registering for the meeting, visit the registration page to get started! 

Already registered for the 2020 Washington Forum? Existing registrations for the meeting will be honored for the Virtual Meeting. Can no longer attend virtually? Please email [email protected] to request a full refund.


  Early Registration Late Registration
  Through 30 Sept. 31 Sept. through 28 Oct.
Attendee $100 $125
Student $25 $35

Professional and Respectful Conduct at AMS Meetings

Need to report unprofessional or disrespectful conduct? Email [email protected] 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.
  • This statement is meant to cover all meeting-associated events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AMS but held in relation to AMS events.  This includes the scientific program, short courses, and exhibitions, as well as receptions, town hall meetings, and other informal or formal gatherings associated with AMS. Similarly, participants shall adhere to this code of conduct in online spaces related to the meeting and meeting-associated events, including Facebook, Twitter, and other online venues.
  • 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 (wearing a blue ribbon at an in person meeting).
    • Email [email protected] or call 617-226-3965
    • Email AMS Executive Director, Keith Seitter, [email protected]
  • 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, Senior Meetings Manager
    • Jen Rosen, Senior Exhibits Manager
    • Claudia Gorski, Director of Meetings
    • Wendy Abshire, Education Program Director


There were several sponsorship opportunities available at the AMS Washington Forum. All sponsors will receive recognition on the conference website, conference program and signage at event sponsored.