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The annual APPAM Convention is a gathering of accomplished scholars, practitioners, and students with a goal of disseminating and cross-pollinating cutting-edge research in relevant public policy topics. If you are interested in learning about and presenting your research on public policy topics, it is a must-go conference. Count me in!

~Abe Song,PhD Student, George Mason University

2017 Fall Research Conference Special Events



2017 Fall Research Conference Special Events




New Member/First Time Conference Attendee Reception

Wednesday, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

APPAM welcomes our new members and first time conference attendees. Join us for cocktails and get to know other new members and first time attendees and meet the APPAM Policy Council. This is a great opportunity to network and learn more about APPAM activities and how to make the most of your first time at the Fall Conference. Invitations will be sent out in the coming weeks to all new members and first time attendees. The reception will be held at Plaza Ballroom in the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


Poster Luncheon

Thursday, 12:00pm - 1:30pm 

Join your peers for lunch while you enjoy the research of Thursday's poster presenters. The event will be held in the Regency Ballroom of Hyatt Regency Chicago.

All attendees are welcome to browse the posters but a ticket must be purchased to obtain a lunch. Tickets may be purchased through the registration process.


Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Luncheon (invitation only)

Thursday, 12:00pm - 1:30pm 

The 2017 Fellowship Luncheon will honor the 35 recipients of the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship and their nominators. Attendance for the luncheon event is by invitation only.


chicago_cultural_centerWelcome Reception

Thursday, 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Join us at the Chicago Cultural Center, just a few blocks from the conference hotel, for the Welcome Reception. The Cultural Center is housed in what was Chicago’s first central public library and is one of the most visited attractions in the city. Attendees are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and the beautiful architecture – including the world’s largest Tiffany’s stained-glass dome.
The Chicago Culture Center is located at:

Chicago, IL 60602 


Poster Session

Friday, 10:00am - 11:30am  

All attendees are welcome to browse the posters.


PhD Program Fair

Friday, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
While this event is free to attend, tickets for this event must be reserved through the registration process.
The 2017 PhD Program Fair is open only to students not currently enrolled in a PhD program and professionals who do not hold a PhD.

The PhD Program Fair is a great opportunity for individuals interested in a PhD degree to make connections with institutions offering PhD programs. Select APPAM Institutional Members who offer a PhD program will be onsite to discuss the benefits of their programs with the registered attendees.


_DSC4063Membership Luncheon

Friday, 12:00 – 1:15 pm

Join fellow members for the annual APPAM membership meeting and support your colleagues as the Raymond Vernon Memorial and JCPA/Comparative Awards are presented to the 2017 winners. 
If you would only like to attend the membership meeting portion of this event, and not the lunch portion, a ticket is not required. However, if you would like to attend both the membership meeting and the awards lunch, a ticket is required.

Tickets may be purchased during the registration process and onsite at the Registration Desk.  


Presidential Address & APPAM Awards 

Friday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

In a new format for 2017, the Frdiday evening address will feature both the ceremony for APPAM Awards as well as the Presidential Address delivered by APPAM President Carolyn Heinrich. This event will be held in Crystal B in the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


Spencer Reception

Friday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

All conference attendees are invited to join their peers at the Spencer Foundation Reception located in Crystal A/C of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. 


Student Mixer

Friday, 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Students and recent graduates are encouraged to attend the annual APPAM Student Mixer. The event will be an informal opportunity to network and collaborate with other student attendees. Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.


Caucus Breakfast

Saturday, 7:15am - 8:15am

These informal discussions center on an emerging policy or management topic and are led by a moderator. Focusing around evolving research topics, participants are encouraged to provide feedback, questions, and discourse. A light breakfast will be provided for all caucus speakers and attendees.


_DSC4042Poster Luncheon

Saturday, 12:00pm - 1:30pm 

This poster luncheon is free to all conference attendees, but a ticket will be required to pick up a lunch. Tickets, which will be limited, can be obtained from any of the presenting authors during the session.

This luncheon will be held in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. 


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