Accessibility at the Convention Center:
The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is accessible to patrons with disabilities. Please see the complete guide on accessibility here.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available free-of-charge for guest convenience at the BCEC.
AMS welcomes those who assist others in need during the 100th Annual Meeting. Caretakers are individuals who are at the meeting to assist with childcare or those with ADA needs. Individuals may register for free at the AMS Registration Desk located in the North Lobby of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center; valid identification is required.
The Quiet Room is Commonwealth C in the Westin and is open to all attendees. The Quiet Room’s hours can be found here.
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center:
The Mamava Nursing Pod is located in the BCEC on the southeast side of 1st level, adjacent to restrooms. Information regarding the Mamava pod and its location, can be viewed here. Please note, the pod is accessible through the Mamava app. For more information regarding the app, view the Mamava FAQ page here. Please see the AMS Registration Desk for assistance.
The mother’s room is located in the Marina Ballroom Coatroom. Please see AMS Staff in the Frost Room or contact Marissa Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a key.
Attendees with special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or kosher meals) should complete this form and/or visit the AMS Registration Desk to inform AMS of these requirements. Should an attendee have any specific requests and/or concerns, please contact the AMS Meetings Department at email@example.com.
Need to report unprofessional or disrespectful conduct? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-226-3965.
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: Diversity and Inclusion at AMS).
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.
Plans for making the 100th Annual Meeting inclusive for all include:
We invite all attendees to the following events:
Colour of Weather Reception
Sunday, 12 January 2020, 7:30pm –9:30pm, Westin Waterfront – Marina Ballroom I
Monday, 13 January 2020, 8:00pm –10:00pm, Westin Waterfront – Marina Ballroom III
Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN) Reception
Monday, 13 January 2020, 6:30pm –8:30pm, Rosa Mexicano Restaurant
Film: "Can We Talk? Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color"
Monday, 13 January 2020, 12:15pm –1:45pm, BCEC - 255
Women in the Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon
Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 12:00pm –1:30pm, BCEC - 205C
Presidential Town Hall: "Confronting Bullying, Discrimination, and Harassment in the Geosciences"
Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 12:15-1:15pm, BCEC - Room 210AB
Bystander Training Workshop: "Work climate: Responding to Sexual Harassment"
Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 1:30-4:30pm, BCEC - 205C
Joint Sessions organized by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium including:
Joint Session 24: Women in the Tropics. Part I
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, BCEC - Room 205B
Joint Session 27: Women in the Tropics. Part II
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, BCEC - Room 151A
Joint Session 62: Women in the Tropics. Part III
Thursday, January 16, 2020,10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, BCEC - Room 252A
Diversity, Equity, Belongingness, and Inclusion—Where Has the AMS Been and Where Should It Be Going
Thursday, January 16, 2020,10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, BCEC - Room 254A
Sessions organized by BWM including:
Translating Weather into the Spanish Language. Part I
Monday, January 13, 2020, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, BCEC - Room 252B
Translating Weather into the Spanish Language. Part II
Monday, January 13, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, BCEC - Room 252B
AMS Board on Women and Minorities Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Westin Waterfront – Executive Boardroom
A complete schedule of events organized by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium can be found here.
The AMS has recently formed a Presidential Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) that is being co-chaired by Susan Avery and Melissa Burt. 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: AMS Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
For more information about Diversity and Inclusion at AMS, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion at AMS