From the Director's Chair: Exciting Events at This Year's Fall Conference
June 27, 2013 03:26 PM
Hope your summer is off to a fantastic start. We’re busy here in the office assembling the final program for this year’s Fall Research Conference in DC. The conference will feature more than 200 panels, roundtables, workshops, and symposia over three days in November. We're definitely excited with the topics that will be presented this year!
In addition to these great presentations, we’re planning a number of special events, including several brand new ones I’m excited to share with you in a moment.
First, a few reminders about two important upcoming dates:
Notifications for conference proposals will be sent out on July 2. Everyone who submitted a proposal will receive an email notification as to whether it was accepted or rejected.
Registration, hotel room blocks, and the preliminary program will all open on Monday, July 15. Stay tuned for more information about that on APPAM.org.
We’re debuting a number of new and exciting events at this year’s conference. It’s going to be a very busy three days! As we get closer, we’ll include updated information on APPAM.org and by email.
Job Interview Space
In an effort to help institutional members meet with and interview potential employees, we’re offering the use of four suites at the Washington Marriott in full or half-day blocks for reservation. You can then schedule interviews during that time and meet in a quiet, private space.
New Member/First Time Attendee Reception
In order to meet our new members and attendees in person, we’re holding an invite-only New Member Reception on Wednesday night. This is a great opportunity to meet other new members, as well as the APPAM Policy Council, over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Pre-Conference Doctoral Workshop
This workshop, to be held on Wednesday before the conference beings, is aimed at doctoral students in public policy and public administration, in all stages of their training. It will consist of three panel discussions and a mentoring session. This is a great opportunity to learn some important lessons about the fields of public policy and administration from those already engaged in the work.
While the Welcome Reception is not new, having it right on the Potomac River is! Taking place at the House of Sweden—the home of the Swedish Embassy—this beautiful, contemporary glass building will serve as the backdrop for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you catch up with other attendees. Offering stunning views of the Potomac River from its rooftop, this will be a great place to kick off our annual gathering. Buses will bring attendees to the House of Sweden and back to the host hotels after the event is over.
Lunch with Lee Hamilton
On Thursday, Lee Hamilton, former member of the United States House of Representatives and currently a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council, will speak to APPAM conference attendees about his career and bridging the gap between policy and practice. Tickets will be available for purchase when registration opens.
Spencer Lecture Breakfast
On Thursday, we’ll hear from the 2013 Spencer Award winner over breakfast. The award, given every other year at the Fall Research Conference, is underwritten by the Spencer Foundation and includes a lecture from the winner about education policy and management. This free event will require a RSVP during the registration process.
Bright Futures Breakfast
Students and recent graduates will be invited to this Friday morning event for a buffet breakfast and an opportunity to network with other students, young professionals, recruiters, hiring managers, and experienced professionals.
Fall Conference App
If you have a smartphone, you’ll have all the information you need about the conference right at your fingertips! The APPAM Fall Research Conference app will be available for download in mid-September and will include the entire schedule, panel and paper details, presenter information, locations for everything, social media shortcuts, tools to help you connect with other attendees, and the ability to create your own schedule while at the conference. The best part? The information will update automatically so if you have the app, you’ll have all the latest information.
We’re introducing a pocket guide for those attendees who prefer to have a physical program but don’t want to use the larger printed publication. The pocket guide will be just that—pocket sized—and will include the basics so you can quickly hone in on the sessions you want to attend.
There are still a couple new events that are not confirmed yet so we’ll be sharing them with you in the coming weeks. If you have any thoughts about any of these events or anything having to do with the Fall Research Conference, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you in November!
APPAM Executive Director