16th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice

Abstract Information

Abstracts are closed! The deadline was 7 September 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

Abstract Fee and Author Instructions

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The 16th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Board on Societal Impacts.

Call for Papers

Papers for the 16th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice are solicited on the following:

  • An Inquiry on Sector-based Approaches to Climate Information Services
  • Applying Earth Observations to Build Resilience in Communities and Urban Areas
  • Diversities of Engagement: O2R2O, Interdisciplinary and Convergent Science, and Applied SBE Research
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Weather Enterprise;
  • Economics of the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise 2021;
  • Hazard Response During a Pandemic: Prioritizing Protective Actions;
  • Leveraging New Visualization Technologies to Communicate Weather Information;
  • Levers of Engagement: Methods and Means of Connecting with Communities;
  • Making Climate Science Actionable for Conservation Applications: Lessons Learned from the Climate Adaptation Science Centers;
  • Questioning Our Colorful Language: Ongoing Efforts in Social and Behavioral Science Research to Revamp the Storm Prediction Center’s Risk Category System;
  • Risk Communication in the Weather Forecast and Warning Process;
  • Social Media and Crisis Informatics;
  • Strengthening the intersections between social science research, operations, partners and publics: The CIMMS/NSSL Behavioral Insights Unit;
  • Vulnerability, Adaptive Capacity, and Resilience in Extreme Events;
  • Weather-Ready Nation: Measuring Progress and Value Across the Enterprise;
  • General Abstract Submission.

Student Award Opportunities

Members of the Symposium for Societal Applications encourage students to submit their posters and oral presentations for consideration for one of eight awards. We especially encourage topics that speak to the goals of the Symposium and connect with the overall conference theme: Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and service. Six awards will be given to students based on an evaluation presentations, three awards in each category of poster and oral presentation: 1st ($100), 2nd ($50), 3rd ($25) place.

A subcommittee will evaluate presentations and recommend winners based on criteria that include (1) Quality of the research being conducted (e.g. research design, methods, reporting of results); (2) Relevance of research to the Symposium and conference theme; (3) Quality of oral or poster presentation design (e.g. clear slides, understandable graphics, readability of text); and (4) Communication skills (e.g. engaging the audience, pacing of presentation, ability to answer Q&As).

To be eligible for the awards, you must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at a university at the time of abstract submission, and you also must be the lead author, personally presenting the work.

Program chairs organizing the Symposium for Societal Applications will also be granting one student and one early career professional with a full-week conference registration waiver (persons must register by the early registration deadline). Interested applicants should submit a one-page statement describing 1) how attending the 2020 AMS conference would benefit their academic or professional career and 2) how their academic or professional career activities support the mission of Board on Societal Impacts (BSI), which sponsors the Societal Applications Symposium. The BSI mission is described here. Applications are due to Jennifer Henderson ([email protected]) or Rick Smith ([email protected]) by Friday November 6, 2020.

Conference Contacts

For additional information, please contact the program chairs: Jen Henderson (email: [email protected]) and Rick Smith (email: [email protected]).