#2019APPAM - Rising to the Challenge Conference Activities



Activities at

Rising to the Challenge:
Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence

November 7 - 9, 2019  | Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel |  Denver, Colorado


As our 41st annual meeting, the APPAM 2019 Fall Research Conference will be a multi-disciplinary research conference attracting the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues.  The current political context underscores the value of bringing together researchers and practitioners with a wide range of perspectives to engage the evidence and discuss how best to improve public policy.  We hope that the theme, Rising to the Challenge: Engaging Diverse Perspectives on the Issues and Evidence, will encourage a conference with conversations that reach across disciplinary, methodological and ideological divides.  

This page details the activities that are most highly anticipated at this year's conference, including the Preliminary Program, Pre-Conference Workshop, Innovation Lounge, Networking Opportunities, Special Events, and Student Resources. 


Preliminary Program     Pre-Conference Workshop and Survey     Innovation Lounge Positions in Policy Networking Opportunities Special Events Student Resources



Preliminary Program

Session submissions closed on April 11, 2019.  Our preliminary program will debut online this summer!  


Pre-Conference Workshop and Survey

Pre-conference Workshop submissions are currently under review.  We encourage all APPAM members and prospective conference registrants to complete this three-minute survey of possible Pre-conference topics by July 5, 2019.  Your responses will greatly assist us with programming the Pre-conference.  Thank you in advance!

Innovation Lounge

Introduced at the 2018 Fall Research Conference, the Innovation Lounge is an easy-to-access space where experienced researchers are invited to meet and share cutting-edge research with conference attendees.  Innovation through diversity will be a major theme of this conference, so we strongly encourage our attendees to do just that in the Innovation Lounge! 

Submissions for Innovation Lounge sessions will open on July 1, 2019 and close on September 27, 2019.  The slate of Innovation Lounge sessions will be presented the second week of October.

View the #2018APPAM Innovation Lounge page for examples of past sessions.


Positions in Policy

APPAM is pleased to announce the APPAM Positions in Policy (PIP) program.  The program connects job seekers who plan on attending the Fall Conference with organizations who will be conducting interviews and potentially hiring at the conference. The employers will contact job candidates directly to set up onsite interviews at the conference for open positions.  Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at all levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals.  Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at various levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals.  When available, the positions being interviewed for at the conference will be noted on our Job Listings page.

Interested in participating?  Job seekers can sign up when registration for the Fall Conference opens on July 15th.  Employers can list positions at any time by e-mailing Gabbie Sylvester at
gsylvester@appam.org.  Listing a job is free for APPAM institutional members and $150 for non-members.

Employers: View our FAQ here.

Job Seekers: View our FAQ here.


Networking Opportunities

Opportunities to network at the conference will be plentiful through our educational programs, social events and special programs. 

APPAM Communities will support opportunities for any group of people to meet at the conference and discuss the topics most important to them. These get-togethers may focus on any number of shared interests or experiences, including, but not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, gender, geographical location, methodology, or approach. This initiative builds on suggestions made by APPAM’s Diversity Committee, and other requests for additional networking opportunities in the context APPAM’s growth.  The RFP for 2019 Conference Community Affinity Gatherings can be viewed here.  Please submit proposals to Tristanne Staudt at tstaudt@appam.org by July 31, 2019. 

Details on other networking opportunities will be shared this summer!


Special Events

The 2019 Fall Research Conference will include a variety of special events such as an Equity & Inclusion Luncheon, a Membership and Awards Breakfast, a PhD Program Fair, a Welcome Reception with Posters, a Poster Session Luncheon, the Pre-Conference Workshop, Super Sessions, Morning Wellness Sessions, and Affinity Gatherings facilitating conversations between members of different demographic groups.  We will announce the #2019APPAM Special Events this summer.  

View at our #2019APPAM Schedule at a Glance for a list of events to anticipate at the conference.  


Student Resources

Students are an important part of APPAM. Because we value your contributions to the association, we are planning student specific events to be held during the Fall Research Conference. Mentorship programs, a Student lounge, networking opportunities with policy experts, the PhD Program Fair, the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship, and student-focused content are what you can anticipate for this fall.  


Questions about the conference should continue to be directed to Tristanne Staudt

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
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Phone: 202.496.0130 | Fax: 202.496.0134
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