17th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice

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The 17th 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

  • Adapting to a Changing Climate: Identifying Research and Support Needs for Effective R2O;
  • Bridging the Physical, Operational, and Social Sciences: What are the Next Steps?;
  • Building Capacity for Social Science Research in the Weather Enterprise;
  • Climate Information Services and Early Warning Systems for Food Security;
  • Climate Migration. The Road to Somewhere: Climate Migrants;
  • Effective Policy to Combat Food Insecurity;
  • Environmental (In)Security: Engaging Vulnerable Populations and At-Risk Groups In Community Need Driven Research;
  • Environmental Security: Integrating Social Science Perspectives;
  • Health Security: Integrating Public Health and Extreme Weather Research;
  • Hungry at Home: Understanding the Nexus of Domestic Food Insecurity, Weather, and Climate;

  • Inclusive Risk Communication: Understanding the Communities We Serve;
  • Making Acronym Soup: Building a Network of Networks for Food-Security;
  • Presidential Session on Weather, Climate and Global Food Security;
  • Risk Communication in the Weather Forecast and Warning Process;
  • Societal Benefit and Value of Environmental Intelligence;
  • The Impacts of Extreme Events and Climate Change on Global Food Security;
  • The Role of Agrometeorology in Securing Food;
  • The Spectrum of Social Science Organizations involved in Weather Research;
  • The Value of Cooling our Urban Environments;
  • To Publish or Not to Publish? Exploring the Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities Associated with Publishing Social Science Data in the Weather Enterprise;
  • Urban Climate Modeling: Approaches and Tools For Pathways To Societal Resilience And Adaptation;
  • Utilizing Social Media for Weather Research, Education and Risk Communication;
  • Value of Data with subtitle "Oh, the Humanity!: Environmental Data, Public Policy, and the Social Consequences";
  • Weather-Ready Nation: Measuring Progress and Value Across the Enterprise;
  • Working with Underrepresented and Disproportionately Impacted Communities in Severe Weather to Improve Survivability Outcomes for All

Joint Sessions

  • How NWP/forecasting informs policy and environmental security (Joint between the 31st Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting (WAF)/27th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and the 17th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice);
  • Physical and Social Processes Responsible for Water and Food Security Risks (Joint between the 36th Conference on Hydrology and the 17th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice)

Student Award Opportunities


Members of the Symposium for Societal Applications encourage students to submit their posters and oral presentations for consideration for awards granted by the Symposium for Societal Applications. A total of six awards will be distributed for oral presentations (1st ($80), 2nd ($50), 3rd ($25) place) and poster presentations (1st ($75), 2nd ($50), and 3rd ($25) place). We especially encourage topics that speak to the goals of the Symposium and connect with the overall conference theme: Environmental Security: Weather, Water, and Climate for a More Secure World.


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 presentation 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 two travel allowances ($195 each) for students or early career professionals. Interested applicants should submit a one-page statement describing 1) how attending the 2022 AMS conference would benefit their academic or professional career and 2) how their academic or professional career activities support the mission of the Board on Societal Impacts (BSI), which sponsors the Societal Applications Symposium. The BSI mission is described here. Applications are due to Rick Smith ([email protected]), Makenzie Krocak ([email protected]), or Jamie Vickery ([email protected]) by Monday November 1, 2021.

Conference Contacts

For additional information, please contact the program chairs: Rick Smith ([email protected]), Jamie Vickery ([email protected]), and Makenzie Krocak ([email protected]).