Fall Research Conference




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

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


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 conversation will take place across 300+ educational programs in a variety of formats, including panels, roundtables, poster presentations, super sessions and special events.  Read our interview with APPAM President-Elect Maria Cancian for more about the role that diversity will play in the conference.    



Registration Preliminary
Program & Mobile App
Hotel & Travel Code of
Schedule at
a Glance


Preliminary Program and Mobile App

The online prelminary program is now available!  It is the best way to prepare for the conference as it includes the details for all 300+ sessions and events at the conference.  


The APPAM Fall Research Conference mobile app will once again be available to all attendees. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, this handy application can help you keep track of your schedule, network with fellow attendees both near and far, find presenters and papers at a touch, and utilize social media to enhance your experience.
The #2019APPAM app is live. It is a multi-year application, which means that if you already have last year's app, simply open it and update it, and you should be taken to this year's version. The app is available both for Android and iOS devices.


View the Preliminary Program Here




Registration Information



Attendee Type Early (7/15 - 9/27) Regular (9/28 - (10/28)  Onsite (11/6 - 11/9)
APPAM Member Professional $365 $485 $560
Non-Member Professional $530 $650 $725
APPAM Retired Member $160 $180 $245
APPAM Student Member $110 $130 $195
Registration discounts are available for government employees but you must have a valid government (.gov) email.  Please email registration@appam.org, from your government email to receive a 15% discount on Early and Regular registration rates.  Discounts will not be offered for onsite registration.  Only individuals with valid .gov email addresses are eligible for this discount. **Registrations may be cancelled before September 30th, less a $35 administrative fee.  After September 30th, no refunds will be granted.** 

Registration online is closed. You can register on-site starting Wednesday 11/6
Need help with registration?  View our Registration How-To Guide or email registration@appam.org.


Hotel and Travel Information

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 
550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado  80202
(303) 893-333

The hotel is just minutes walking from the American Museum of Western Art, the Denver Pavillions for shopping, and the Molly Brown House Museum. 

Our room block for the conference will open in mid-July.  Rooms will be available at the rate of $209/night plus applicable taxes and fees.  This rate will be available until October 18, 2019.

A one-night non-refundable deposit will be taken at the time of booking. Click here to reserve a room.



Airport Information

Attendees should plan to use the Denver International Airport (DEN) when traveling to the conference.  


Ground Transportation

  • Driving & Rideshare
    The airport is located about 26 miles or a 50 minutes drive from the downtown area.  You can find driving directions here.  Those wishing to rent a car may do so with most major rental companies at the Denver Airport.  Additionally, Enterprise is located in the conference hotel while Budget and Hertz have locations nearby. 

The Sheraton Denver Downtown offers parking rates of $41/day for self-park and $49/day for valet.

Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are all readily available in the Denver area.

  • Rail Service
    The Regional Transportation District offers rail service from the Denver Airport to various stops in the city, including the downtown area.  Attendees wishing to use this service can find fare estiamtes and purchase mobile tickets in advance by visiting this site.  Directions form the airport to the conference hotel via rail are as follows:
  • Board the A Line train at Denver Airport Station towards Union Station
  • Get off at the 6th stop - Union Station (approximately 38 minutes)
  • Walk 0.1 miles to the free MallRide Civic Center Station - 16th Street Mall & Wynkoop Street
  • Take the MallRide trolley 14 stops to 16th Street Mall & Court Place (approximately 12 minutes)
  • Arrive at Sheraton Denver Downtown - 1550 Court Place


APPAM Code of Conduct

Participation in APPAM’s Fall Conference is dictated by adherence to the APPAM Code of Conduct. All attendees were given the opportunity to read the code and agree to abide by it as a condition for registration. The full code can be found here

The Code of Conduct Committee for 2019 is the APPAM Executive Director (Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org), President (Matt Stagner, mstagner@mathematica-mpr.com), President-Elect (Maria Cancian, mcancian@georgetown.edu) and a member selected by the Policy Council. That member is Lucie Schmidt (lschmidt@williams.edu). The committee is chaired by Maria Cancian. 


APPAM has engaged an external consultant for the purposes of collecting reports and advising the Code of Conduct Committee. The external consultant is Mary Davis and she can be reached by email, mdavis2856@comcast.net. Should a report need to submitted, please refer to the code for instructions on how to do that or reach out to anyone on the Code of Conduct Committee or Mary Davis.


Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, November 6th

11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop 

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Registration
3:00 pm -  6:00 pm Pre-Conference Training for New Professionals

Thursday, November 7th

6:30 am - 7:30 am Morning Wellness Session: Fun Run & Walk
7:00 am - 5:00 pm


7:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome Breakfast, sponsored by University of Colorado Denver and University of Denver
8:00 am - 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall
8:30 am - 5:00 pm APPAM Communities
8:30 am - 5:15 pm Innovation Lounge Discussions
8:30 am - 10:00 am Policy PhD Program Directors Meeting
8:30 am – 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions
10:15 am – 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Opening Lunch, How Migration is Changing the World
limited amount of tickets available onsite ($38/ticket)
check preferred, credit card and cash accepted
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Mentor Meet-Up (invite only)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception with Posters
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Meet-Up (invite only)

Friday, November 8th 

7:00 am – 7:30 am Morning Wellness Session: HIIT Workout
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am – 8:30 am Membership & Awards Breakfast
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall
8:30 am – 4:15 pm Innovation Lounge Discussions
8:30 am – 4:45 pm APPAM Communities
8:30 am – 9:30 am Institutional Representatives Meeting (invite only)
8:30 am – 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions
10:15 am – 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Equity & Inclusion Luncheon (invite only)
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Gentrification Field Trip
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm PhD Program Fair
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm JPAM Editorial Board Meeting (invite only)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Presidential Address & Awards Happy Hour
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Spencer Foundation Reception
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Student Mixer
Saturday, November 9th 
6:30 am – 7:15 am Morning Wellness Session: Flow Yoga
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration
8:00 am – 1:30 pm Exhibit Hall
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast - Exhibit Hall
8:30 am – 4:15 pm Innovation Lounge Discussions
8:30 am – 4:45 pm APPAM Communities
8:30 am – 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions
10:15 am – 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Poster Session and Luncheon
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions: Last Session Lottery



Additional Questions About This Conference?

Feel free to review the FAQs below or contact Tristanne Staudt at tstaudt@appam.org.