The American Meteorological Society’s 98th Annual Meeting begins this weekend in Austin, Texas. More than 4,000 attendees are expected.
Scientists, educators, students, and other professionals from across the weather, water, and climate community are headed to Austin in the next few days to share, learn, and collaborate.
Organization: American Meteorological Society
Conference: 98th Annual Meeting
Venue: Austin Convention Center
City: Austin, Texas
AMS 2018 will start on Sunday evening with its Presidential Forum. Dr. Richard Alley, a glaciologist and climate scientist, will take the keynote stage to discuss why communicating science to the public is no longer optional, but imperative. Also worth noting:
Family friendly. AMS offered child care grants of up to $400 per family to assist conference attendees who incurred additional expenses by being onsite in Austin. Preference was given to applicants in the early stages of their career.
Got questions? AMS Beacons have answers. These volunteers, who can be identified by their bright yellow lanyards, are available to assist anyone in attendance—from the first-timer who needs directions to the seasoned attendee seeking advice.
Hot topics. More informal in nature than the technical sessions, Town Hall Meetings cover some of the most important issues and draw some of the biggest names in the water, weather, and climate community. Topics on the agenda include boosting diversity in atmospheric sciences and planning for NASA’s Earth Science Flight Program.