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Open Submission Period for Student Regional Conferences
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November 30, 2016-January 18, 2017

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APPAM will host two regional student conferences in 2017. The DC Regional Student Conference will be held on April 7th - 8th, 2017 at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. The California Regional Student Conference will be held on April 9th - 10th at the University of California Riverside in Riverside, CA. During these conferences, students will present research across a wide variety of policy areas, through poster sessions and on conference panels with their peers.
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Open Submission Period for International Conference
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December 05, 2016-January 31, 2017

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This international conference, held in the capital of Europe’s political project, invites researchers, analysts, and policymakers to critically reflect on their experiences of working on issues of public policy and governance beyond borders. The event is sponsored by Masstricht University and Syracuse University. The theme of the 9th annual International Conference will be “Public Policy and Governance Beyond Borders.”
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2016 Fall Conference FAQ



This FAQ addresses specific questions for the 2016 Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC. If you have a question and it is not answered by any of our FAQs, please feel free to contact Tristanne Staudt, Education and Conferences Manager, at tstaudt@appam.org.

2016 Fall Conference Questions

Questions And Answers

When is the 2016 Fall Research Conference?

The 2016 Fall Research Conference will be held Thursday, November 3 through Saturday, November 5 in Washington, DC.

Association governance meetings and a pre-conference workshop will occur on Wednesday, November 2.

The conference will be held at the Washington Hilton hotel.  

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What is the theme for the 2016 Fall Research Conference?

The theme for this year's conference is The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective.. The theme was selected by APPAM President-elect Carolyn Heinrich.

APPAM's mission is to improve public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. The annual Fall Research Conference is the association's premier forum for disseminating research findings and engaging in discussions with policy makers and other practitioners about the implications of those findings for improving policy and governance. If research is to play a greater role in making government more effective, these types of interactions and exchanges between researchers and those in a position to apply the research evidence need to be ongoing, collaborative and far-reaching at all levels of government, both domestically and internationally.

What are the mechanisms that we are using and developing to promote more effective use of research evidence in policymaking and public management? What opportunities exist or new partnerships could be forged to support greater collaboration in generating and applying research evidence? Alternatively, what constrains the production and use of research? What changes could we make in funding and administrative structures, regulations or other aspects of research relationships to boost public returns to research investments? Two of the Fall Research Conference symposia will feature prominent policy domains where research has played a major role in influencing public policy and management: education, acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the Coleman report, Equality of Educational Opportunity, and welfare reform, recognizing the 20th anniversary of the most comprehensive reform of our welfare policies to date.

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How many sessions will be at the conference this year?

There will be 265 sessions at the conference this year, plus a number of special events including symposia, receptions, lunches, breakfasts, and networking mixers.

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How does APPAM determine how many sessions to schedule for each topic area in the Fall Research Conference?

The Program Committee is given a budget for policy area sessions that is based on the proportion of policy area submissions to the overall number of submissions received.  The APPAM president-elect makes the final determination of how many sessions there will be in each area based on recommendations from the Program Committee. There are almost always constraints within the hotel or convention center for space and these constraints dictate the overall number of sessions that APPAM can accept. Quality of the sessions always is the first and foremost criterion. APPAM prefers that each area have a minimum number of sessions each year and that there be a large number of areas represented. Otherwise, the conference will not offer a worthwhile professional meeting to persons interested in those topics. APPAM prefers that any area with more sessions than there are unique time slots have sufficiently diverse panels to allow two be scheduled opposite each other at one time without diluting their audience. The Program Committee often seeks to combine similar panels into a single session given the time constraints and high demand for participation.

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What policy areas will be represented at the conference?

There will be 14 policy areas represented at the conference.  You can find all the areas along with descriptions on the Policy Areas page of the website.

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When can I register for the conference?

Registration for the Fall Research Conference opens July 15, 2016. More information is available on the Registration page of the APPAM website.

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Do I have to register online for the conference?

All registrations must be completed at APPAM.org. Registrations can be made using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express cards. Domestic checks can be mailed to the APPAM office at 1100 Vermont Ave NW, Suite #650, Washington, DC 20005. We cannot accept foreign money orders or bank transfers from individuals. Please note that during the registration process, you will be given opportunity to print an invoice for your registration. You must send that invoice, along with your payment, to the APPAM office. For more information on prices and deadlines, please visit our Registration Information page.

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Do all attendees need to register for the conference?

Yes, all attendees must register for the Fall Research Conference, regardless of whether they are participating or attending in sessions and events.

Everyone presenting a paper or poster, taking part in a roundtable or acting as a chair or discussant must register and pay for the conference. APPAM requires everyone presenting papers on panels to register by September 23. APPAM reserves the right to remove/replace papers from the conference if panelists do not register by this date.

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What are the various deadlines for registration?

Early Registration Opens July 15, 2016
Speaker Registration Deadline September 23, 2016
Early Registration Ends September 23, 2016
Regular Registration Opens September 24, 2016
Regular Registration Ends October 28, 2016
Onsite Registration Opens November 2, 2016

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What are the procedures for getting a visa invitation letter to travel to the Fall Conference from outside the U.S.?

APPAM will provide visa invitation letters upon request to authors accepted to present papers or to otherwise participate in sessions at the Fall Research Conference. Please note that all persons participating on the program are required to register for the conference before a visa invitation is given. Other persons interested in attending the meetings must pay a non-refundable registration fee if they wish to request a visa letter. To request a visa invitation letter, please contact Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org. 

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How do I reserve my hotel room at the conference hotel?

To reserve a hotel room at the Washington Hilton, please contact the hotels directly, either by phone or through the hotel information page. When calling, mention APPAM to secure the APPAM rate. You will be responsible for reserving your hotel room, as well as contacting the hotel to change or cancel the reservation, if needed. Upon securing a hotel reservation, you will be charged a non-refundable deposit of the first night’s room fees and taxes. In order to receive the group rate, reservations MUST be made by October 3. The group rate will not be available after that date and reserved rooms will be accepted at the hotel’s prevailing rate, based on availability.

There are a limited number of hotel rooms within the block. Please reserve early.

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What is a caucus, and how do I submit one for the conference?

This is a dedicated time for participants to gather informally to discuss new and emerging policy issues, to formulate new research questions, approaches to research and to form possible research collaborations. All caucuses will be presented over breakfast on Saturday, November 5.  

The deadline for submitting a caucus proposal is September 14, 2016.  You can submit a caucus here.

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What special events will take place during the conference?

You can see a tenative list of special events on the conference special events page.

Special events will also be listed in the online preliminary program, the mobile app, the printed program, and on the APPAM website.

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This is my first Fall Research Conference. I heard there was a special reception for members like me?

Congratulations on attending your first APPAM Fall Research Conference! We know you're going to have a great time.

First-time attendees and new members are invited to attend a special reception on Wednesday, November 2, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Invitations will be sent out in the fall as the conference approaches. If you haven't received notification of your invitation by October 7, contact Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org.

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How can I learn more about chair, discussant and participant roles and responsibilities?

You can find details on participant roles as well as suggested formats for all sessions on the Participant Guidelines page.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org.

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Are there guidelines for poster presenters this year?

Yes; these guidelines apply to all poster presentations for this year's conference. If you have any questions, please contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org. 

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Will there be volunteer opportunities for the 2016 Fall Research Conference?

Yes, there will be volunteer opportunities for students. We will be seeking volunteers for both editorial and general assistance at the conference.  Please contact Kathryn Grandstaff, kgrandstaff@appam.org, for more details on these opportunities.

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What sponsorship, advertising and exhibit opportunities are available?

A full list of sponsorship, advertising, and exhibitor information can be found on the website.

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Will there be a conference app available again this year?

The APPAM Fall Research Conference mobile app will once again be available to all attendees. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, this handy application can help you keep track of your schedule, network with fellow attendees both near and far, find presenters and papers at a touch, and utilize social media to enhance your experience. Find the app in your device’s app store or download it in mid-September. Watch APPAM.org for more details.

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I have a PowerPoint/handout to accompany my presentation. What do I do?

If you’re presenting and want attendees to have access to handouts, Power Point presentations, or other documents, APPAM can upload them to the conference mobile app for attendees to peruse at their leisure. Contact Kathryn Grandstaff, kgrandstaff@appam.org, for more information on how to get your materials online.

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What meals are included in the registration rate?

Thursday: Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall, Symposium Lunch (included in registration though there is limited space available. Tickets can be reserved during registration online), and heavy hors d'oeurves at the Welcome Reception

Friday: Rossi Award Lecture and Brekfast included in registration though there is limited space available. Tickets can be reserved during registration online), and heavy hors 'doeurves at the Presidential Reception.  

Saturday: Caucus Breakfast, Poster Luncheon and hors d'oeurves at the Closing Reception.

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Will any of the conference sessions be live-streamed or be accessible through video recordings?

Yes. Currently, Thursday's lunch symposia and at least one of the other symposia occurring that day will be streamed.

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