Fall Research Conference




November 21 - 23, 2024  | Gaylord |  National Harbor, MD

Conference Theme Hotel Information Important Dates Schedule at a Glance Code of
Sponsorships FAQ


As our 46th annual meeting, the 2024 APPAM 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 conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, posters, student research and resource sessions, workshops, community gatherings, and special events and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants. 


Conference Theme

Policymaking at the Federal, State, and Local Levels

Like many countries, the U.S. has a federal system of government, with public policies designed and implemented at federal, state and local levels. Sound policy design and implementation therefore requires thoughtful consideration of how policies play out, and interact, at multiple levels of government. And useful policy research requires careful attention to the context in which a policy is implemented, including the level of government. The 2024 APPAM Fall Research Conference, Policymaking at the Federal, State, and Local Levels, encourages such attention to and consideration of context. For example, how do the impacts of federal programs vary across places? What is the optimal level of government to fund and deliver different public services? For services provided at multiple levels of government, how best to coordinate across the levels? How can local governments best tailor their implementation of federal policies and programs to local circumstances? The #2024APPAM conference provides the space to discuss these and related questions in National Harbor, Maryland this November 21-23.

Policy Areas

Submissions Guide

Hotel Information

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745

Phone: (301) 965-4000
Submissions Open February 7 - April 17
Program Committee Review Mid-April - Mid-July 2024
Accept/Reject Notices & Program Live Late July
Registration & Room Block Open Late July
#2024APPAM Conference November 21-23


Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, November 20

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm First-Timer Session


Thursday, November 21

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Fun Run/Walk *RSVP required

7:00 am – 5:00 pm


8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall & Headshot Lounge

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions & Communities Gatherings

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Membership & Awards Lunch *RSVP required


Presidential Address & Awards


Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Meet-Up *Invite only


Mentor Meet-Up *Invite only


Affiliate Receptions

Friday, November 22

7:00 am – 5:00 pm


7:30 am – 8:00 am 

Wellness Session *RSVP required

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Institutional Representatives Meeting *Invite only

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall & Headshot Lounge

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions & Community Gatherings

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Luncheon *Invite only

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Career & PhD Program Fair *RSVP required


Meet the JPAM Editor

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Poster Reception

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Student Mixer


Saturday, November 23

8:00 am – 12:00 pm


8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Exhibit Hall & Headshot Lounge

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions & Community Gatherings

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Poster Luncheon


Participation in APPAM’s Fall Conference is dictated by adherence to the APPAM Code of Conduct. All attendees are 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


#2024APPAM sponsorship opportunities will in early spring.

If you have sponsorship questions in the meantime, please email conferencesupport@appam.org.

Additional Questions About This Conference?

Please reach out to conferencesupport@appam.org with questions.

2024 Fall Research Conference Questions

Questions & Answers

Q: How is the conference theme selected, and what is its purpose?


The APPAM president-elect is the chairperson of the Program Committee and selects the theme for that year's Fall Research Conference. APPAM began the practice of selecting themes for the Fall Research Conference in 1994. The theme shapes several aspects of the conference, including the special symposia, outreach by APPAM to research on new topics, and the overall response to the Call for Proposals.

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Q: When and where is the 2024 Fall Research Conference being held?


The 2024 Fall Research Conference will be held November 21 - 23, 2024 in National Harbor, MD. There will also be governance meetings held on Wednesday, November 20. 

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Q: Do I have to register online for the conference?


All registrations in advance must be completed at APPAM.org. Registrations can be made using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express cards. 

Please note that during the registration process, you will be given the opportunity to print an invoice for your registration should you not wish to pay online. You must send that invoice, along with your payment, to the APPAM office if you choose this option. 

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Q: Where can I find the 2024 Online Program?


The online program will be available in late July 2024.

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Q: Are there any virtual sessions this year?


No, the conference is fully in-person in National Harbor, MD.

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Q: What meals are included with registration?


As of right now, the registration fee includes all sessions & special events, such as:

  • Daily exhibit hall refreshments Thursday – Saturday morning (coffee, tea, and light breakfast fare) and afternoon refreshment breaks (coffee, tea, and snacks) on Thursday & Friday (no RSVP required).
  • Thursday afternoon includes a complimentary Membership and Awards luncheon (RSVP required during registration).
  • Thursday evening includes a Presidential Address with hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
  • Lunch is not provided Friday, but Friday evening includes a complimentary Poster Reception with hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
  • Saturday afternoon includes a complimentary poster luncheon.

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