Safe and Inclusive Meetings

Professional and Respectful Conduct at AMS Meetings

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  • 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.




  • If you witness or experience behavior that constitutes an immediate and serious threat, please call 911.
  • Members of the response team: 
    • Keith Seitter
      Stephanie Armstrong
      Brian Papa
      Jen Ives
      Claudia Gorski
      Wendy Abshire

Inclusivity at AMS

 AMS is commited 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:  

Inclusivity at the 99th Annual Meeting



The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is committed to, and benefits from the full and equitable participation of a diverse community in its membership, in its activities, and in the audiences that it serves.

This year we are celebrating the Annual Meeting theme "Understanding and Building Resilience to Extreme Events by Being Interdisciplinary, International, and Inclusive (III)" with several new activities. Meeting attendees will find that welcome signs are in the 12 most spoken languages of past AMS meetings; and we will have volunteers who speak more than one language serving at information booths and as AMS Beacons. Any meeting participant will be able to honor the languages they speak with a sticker for their badge, available at the registration desks. Exhibitor staff with multiple language skills are encouraged to participate. For attendees interested in bilingual science communication and outreach, there will be a session on “A Weather-Ready Nation for All: Bilingual Science Outreach/Communication and Supporting the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community”.

In addition, the AMS continues already established services, including making accessibility accommodations according to the ADA and ensuring that gender neutral/family restrooms are available to meeting attendees. More information on these services can be found at

We invite all attendees to the following events:  

Short Course: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Geoscientists (Separate Registration Fee)

Sunday, January 06, 2019, 8:00pm - 3:45pm, Phoenix Convention Center - North 226C

 Colour of WX Reception
Sunday, 6 January 2019, 8:30-10pm, Sheraton Grand - Paradise Valley

Coriolis Reception

Sunday, 6 January 8:00-10:00pm, Sheraton Grand - Deer Valley

Women in the Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 12:00pm –1:30pm, Phoenix Convention Center - North Ballroom AB


The AMS has recently formed a Presidential Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) that is being led by Susan Avery. The goals of the task force are to 1)  Assess the effectiveness of the AMS’s broadening participation efforts and to determine if the current activities provide an integrated and coherent plan moving forward.

2)  Provide a strategic vision for D&I that could be integrated into the planning for the

Centennial meeting that is currently underway.

3)  Suggest changes, including bold ones if needed, that would enhance D&I across the Society.

For more information about Diversity and Inclusion at AMS, please visit: