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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

2018 Fall Research Conference Special Events



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.

Wednesday, November 7

Pre-Conference Workshop

Research to Policy Boot Camp: A Communications Toolkit for Researchers

Wednesday, 11:00 am 4:30 pm
Salon 1 - Lobby Level; breakouts will be held in Marriott Balcony A and) 

To make a difference in today’s policy ecosystem, scholars must think beyond the academic journal. With funding often contingent on real-world influence, many academics and organizations know they must modernize but don’t know how.

The Urban Institute is pioneering new ways to communicate and share what we’ve learned in a research to policy boot camp. This workshop teaches researchers how to navigate the fragmented media and policy landscape by making their insights accessible to diverse audiences, forming a narrative, developing an outreach plan, and putting it into action. Each session of the workshop focuses on a different communication strategy: data visualization, presentation skills, social media, blog writing, interacting with reporters, and developing a cohesive communication strategy. Speakers—each of whom is an expert in his or her field—share their strategies to help attendees gain the skills and tools they need to communicate in modern, sophisticated ways.

Registration for this workshop is separate from the full conference registration. The cost for this workshop is $50 for APPAM members and $65 for non-members. To attend, select the Pre-Conference Workshop as an add-on during regular conference registration.

Thursday, November 8

PhD Program Directors Meeting

Thursday, 8:30 am 10:00 am 
8223 - Lobby Level

Please join us for the 3rd policy PhD Program Directors meeting to take place during the 2018 Fall Research Conference. This meeting will provide an opportunity to connect with others in the field who are facing similar challenges to identify and discuss helpful solutions to some of today's most pressing challenges as a program director.
All attendees are welcome at the meeting; however discussion will focus on the topics such as comprehensive and qualifying exam formats, required/core courses, professional development opportunities & recruitment, and how to better prepare PhD students for the academic job market.

Opening Luncheon

Thursday, 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 
Thurgood Marshall Southwest - Mezz Level

Join your fellow members for an opening luncheon to kick off the conference. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues or schedule time to get to know someone new.

The Future of Public Policy Education: Three top policy school deans will discuss the state of public policy education, what issues the field is grappling with, job prospects for graduates, and what the future holds for APPAM member schools. 

  •     Michael Barr, Dean, The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
  •     Doug Elmendorf, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
  •     Cecelia Rouse, Dean, The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Tickets may be purchased during the registration process and onsite at the Registration Desk for $38.

Poster Happy Hour (NEW)

Thursday, 3:30 pm 5:00 pm 
Exhibit Hall

In lieu of concurrent sessions on Thursday afternoon, join us for a new poster happy hour. This session serves as one of the conference’s three judged poster events and will feature hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine. This happy hour will flow directly into the Welcome Reception with heavy appetizers and a full bar. All attendees are welcome to attend both.

Equity & Inclusion Fellow Meetup  (NEW)

Thursday, 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 
Lincoln 1 - Exhibit Level

Exclusive to the fellowship recipients, this new event offers another opportunity for fellows to meet and network.

Mentor Matching Program Meetup

Thursday, 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Participants in the 2018 mentoring program are invited to connect at this meetup. You are welcome to bring food and drink from the Welcome Reception, network with fellow partisipants, and meet your mentor/mentee in person.

Welcome Reception

Thursday, 5:00 pm 7:00 pm
Exhibit Hall C - Exhibit Level

Attendees are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for the evening. The year's reception will include carving and action stations for a variety of hearty food options as you mingle with fellow attendees.


Friday, November 9

Membership and Awards Breakfast (NEW)

Friday, 7:30 am 8:30 am
Lincoln 4 - Exhibit Level

This new breakfast serves as the annual APPAM membership meeting. An overview of what has been going on at APPAM, a presentation of the slate of candidates for the APPAM Policy Council and a discussion of the future of APPAM will be presented.

Awards being presented during this breakfast inlclude the APPAM/Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis Award, Raymond Vernon Memorial Award, PhD Dissertation Award, and the 40 for 40 Fellowship recipients.

Equity and Inclusion Fellowship Luncheon

Friday, 12:00 pm 1:15 pm
Thurgood Marshall West - Mezz Level

The 2018 Fellowship Luncheon will honor the recipients of the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship and their nominators. Attendance for the luncheon event is by invitation only.

AnchorPhD Program Fair

Friday, 12:00 pm 1:15 pm
Thurgood Marshall East - Mezz Level

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.

While this event is free to attend, tickets for this event must be reserved through the registration process. The 2018 PhD Program Fair is open only to students not currently enrolled in a PhD program and professionals who do not hold a PhD.

Peter H. Rossi Super Session (NEW)

Friday, 1:30 pm 3:00 pm
Lincoln 4 - Exhibit Level

The 2018 recipient of the Peter H. Rossi award will deliver a short talk. Stay tuned for details after the winner is selected.

David N. Kershaw Super Session (NEW)

Friday, 3:15 pm 4:45 pm
Lincoln 4 - Exhibit Level

The 2018 recipient of the David N. Kershaw award will deliver a short talk. Stay tuned for details after the winner is selected.

Presidential Address & APPAM Awards 

Friday, 5:00 pm 6:30 pm
Thurgood Marshall Southwest - Mezz Level

The Friday evening address will feature presentations of the David N. Kershaw Award and the Peter H. Rossi Award, as well as the Presidential Address delivered by APPAM President David Johnson. The format will change a bit this year, with drinks available during the event and continuing into the following reception.

Presidential Reception

Friday, 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Thurgood Marshall Northeast - Mezz Level

All conference attendees are invited to enjoy food and drinks with peers and congratulate the 2018 award winners during the evening reception.


Friday, 7:45 pm 9:15 pm

New this year, take the opportunity to mingle and network during the LGBTQI Meet Up. Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

Student Mixer

Friday, 7:45 pm 9:15 pm
Student Lounge

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. All student conference attendees, senior scholars, exhibitors and organizations interviewing at the Fall Research Conference are invited to attend.

Saturday, November 10

Poster Luncheon

Saturday, 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 
Exhibit Hall

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.

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