2018 Fall Research Conference Innovation Lounge



Evidence for Action:
Encouraging Innovation and Improvement

November 8 - 10, 2018  | Washington Marriott Wardman Park |  Washington, DC

The APPAM Fall Research Conference is a multi-disciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, and poster presentations and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.

Request for Proposals
Innovation Lounge

One of the most valuable and critical aspects of the annual Fall Research Conferences are the impromptu conversations attendees have in the hallways, after a session or over lunch, about a project they’re working on or an idea that they have been kicking around and would like some feedback on. It is in the spirit of these important connections that we are introducing the Innovation Lounge at the 2018 Fall Research Conference, November 8 – 10 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

"This year we have created the Innovation Lounge for you and your colleagues to share ideas, work on a joint project, or just compare notes about the session's papers," said David Johnson, APPAM's President. "For me, APPAM has always been a great time to learn, catch-up with friends, and build new collaborations. Let APPAM help you by using the Innovation Lounge."

The 40th Anniversary of the Fall Research Conference is a great opportunity to innovate
and we invite our attendees to do just that with the Innovation Lounge.

The aim of these sessions is to have a broad discussion on an emerging or not yet fully formed idea or concept in the research field. Sessions will be open to everyone at the conference and we will encourage attendees to drop in and join the conversation if a topic is of interest to them. We anticipate each session being relatively small but having many of them over of the course of the conference, allowing attendees to connect/network over new and emerging research concepts and ideas. At the core, these sessions are about networking and building connections.

“The Innovation Lounge will provide a new type of experience for conference attendees," said APPAM President-Elect Matt Stagner. "I’ve always heard from APPAM members that one of the things they love about the conference is the chance to see colleagues from around the world, catch up, and bounce emerging ideas off each other. While we hope this happens in sessions, in the hallways, and after hours, the Lounge will provide a more formal space for gathering colleagues to brainstorm ideas and share perspectives.”

The Lounge will be a centrally located space near registration where experienced researchers are invited to meet and share cutting-edge research with conference attendees. Innovation Lounge Sessions will be 45-minutes in length and will be scheduled throughout the duration of the full three-day conference. Please note that the programming featured in the Innovation Lounge will be discussion based. Papers should not be presented formally and no presentation technology will be available.

To have your research included in the Innovation Lounge programming, we invite you to submit a brief proposal. Please explain your work, what you hope to achieve in your research, how it will impact the policy community and three or four individuals who will attend or aid in the conversation, and any other additional details you’d like to share about the work. Anyone can start a conversation in the Innovation Lounge, you simply need to submit a proposal.

Submit Your Proposal


All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 pm EST on September 28, 2018, to be considered for inclusion at the conference.

The Innovation Lounge is great opportunity to receive feedback on a new idea, get a sense of whether others are working on a concept you have been considering, and to make connections with others in the field that might be useful in the future. If you have any questions about this submission process or the new Innovation Lounge itself, contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org.


Thank you to Mathematica Policy Research for sponsoring the inaugural Innovation Lounge at the Fall Research Conference.


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