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Call For Abstracts


Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Conference Hotel: Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel
  • Conference Venue: Cox Convention Center

Theme

NWA 40th Anniversary — Power of the Past; Force of the Future


Important Dates

  • Oral Presentation Abstract Deadline: 23 April 2015
  • Poster Presentation Abstract Deadline: 30 April 2015

Schedule of Events

  • Broadcast Meteorology Workshop & Eighth Annual Student Session: Sunday, 18 October 2015
  • NWA Exhibit Hall: 18–20 October 2015
  • General Sessions: 19–22 October 2015
  • NWA Annual Awards Luncheon: Wednesday, 21 October 2015


Abstract Submission

Submit abstracts for oral presentations by 23 April 2015 and abstracts for poster presentations by 30 April 2015

In addition to the traditional sessions on severe weather, weather and forecasting, etc., the Program Committee is specifically soliciting abstracts which relate to one of the following sub-themes:

  • NWA's 40th Anniversary (History, Retrospective)
  • Integration of New Technology (Dual-pol, GOES-R, MYRORSS, Proving Ground)
  • Advances in Numerical Weather Prediction (Warn-on-Forecast, Storm-Scale Ensembles)
  • Innovations in Communicating High-Impact Weather Events (Social Media, Commercial Services, Simplification)
  • Case Studies of High-Impact Events

Abstracts should be sent via the online form on the NWA website at: 2015 NWA Annual Meeting Abstract Submission Form. If you are unable to submit your abstract via the online form, please contact the NWA office at 405-701-5167 or e-mail: exdir@nwas.org.

The Program Committee will notify presenters, via e-mail, regarding the disposition of their abstracts by the first week of June. A preliminary agenda will be posted on the NWA website by early August for presenters to review.

Students, please complete the abstract submission form section regarding student awards. If you concur, your presentations will be reviewed by the NWA Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee members. Monetary awards will be presented to the best oral presentations and posters in undergraduate and graduate student categories.

The Annual Meeting Program Committee Co-Chairs are:

Dr. Patrick Marsh
Techniques Development Meteorologist
NOAA/NWS/NCEP Storm Prediction Center
Norman, OK 73072
patrick.marsh@noaa.gov
nwas15@nwas.org
Mr. John Ferree
Severe Weather Services Coordinator
NOAA/NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
Norman, OK 73072
john.t.ferree@noaa.gov
nwas15@nwas.org

The Broadcaster Workshop Program Chair is:

Mr. Mike Goldberg
WTVR-TV
Richmond, VA 23230
mgoldberg@wtvr.com

Additional Information

For more information on exhibits, special accommodations, registration and the overall meeting program, keep checking the 2015 Annual Meeting Page and its links or contact the NWA office at 405-701-5167 or exdir@nwas.org .

NWA will provide updates on this Web page, on the NWA Facebook Page, Twitter and other social media. Please use the hashtag #NWAS15 for any tweets associated with the 2015 Annual Meeting.


Registration


Registration is now open. You can start your registration process by clicking on the following:

NWA Annual Meeting Registration

Paid registration includes:

  • Admission to all oral presentations, poster sessions, the exhibit hall, a color program, the meeting app, and coffee/refreshment breaks for the dates purchased.
  • The All Events Special (Sun–Thu), General Session Package (Mon–Thu), and Wednesday attendee registrations include a ticket to the Wednesday NWA Awards Luncheon.

Registration Details:

  • Early Bird Registration occurs through 15 September 2015. Prices increase on 16 September. Online registration will close on 8 October. Attendees will be able to register on-site beginning 17 October. There is an option to register now then pay at the meeting.
  • Colleges or universities bringing six of more students to the meeting can enjoy a 20% discount on meeting registration fees. Please identify a coordinator and have them contact the NWA Office (405-701-5167 or nwahelp@nwas.org) to obtain the discount code prior to registering.
  • Registration refunds will not be approved after 15 September 2015, except for cancellations due to illness, injury, or family emergencies. The cancellation policy does not apply if you check "pay at meeting." Contact the NWA Office (405-701-5167 or nwahelp@nwas.org) regarding cancellations.


The breakdown in this year's pricing is illustrated in the following tables, or can be viewed and downloaded as an image by clicking here.

Early Bird Registration (10 June 2015—15 September 2015):

Type All Sessions
(Sun–Thu)
General Sessions
(Mon–Thu)
Single Day
Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur
Single Day Wed
(includes luncheon ticket)
NWA Member or
Meeting Presenter
$435 $335 $115 $155
NWA Member Full-time Student/Retiree
& Active Military
$180 $145 $60 $105
NWA Member Full-time Police, Fire,
or Emergency Management
$180 $145 $60 $105
Non-Member $525 $425 $175 $215
Non-Member Full-time Student/Retiree
& Active Military
$260 $225 $90 $130
Non-Member Full-time Police, Fire,
or Emergency Management
$260 $225 $90 $130


Regular Registration (beginning 16 September 2015):

Type All Sessions
(Sun–Thu)
General Sessions
(Mon–Thu)
Single Day
Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur
Single Day Wed
(includes luncheon ticket)
NWA Member or
Meeting Presenter
$485 $385 $155 $195
NWA Member Full-time Student/Retiree
& Active Military
$220 $185 $85 $125
NWA Member Full-time Police, Fire,
or Emergency Management
$220 $185 $85 $125
Non-Member $575 $475 $215 $255
Non-Member Full-time Student/Retiree
& Active Military
$300 $265 $115 $155
Non-Member Full-time Police, Fire,
or Emergency Management
$300 $265 $115 $155

Click here to view a downloadable copy of this year's pricing structure!

Exhibitor Information



Showcase your Business or Organization at the 2015 NWA Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK. This year's meeting is taking place at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel & Cox Convention Center. This year's Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall will be open from Sunday 18 October through Tuesday 20 October 2015.


Exhibitor rates are as follows:

Options Register by 15 September Register after 15 September
NWA Corporate Member: Regular Booth $800 $900
NWA Corporate Member: Poster $400 $500
Non-NWA Corporate Member: Regular Booth $1100 $1200
Non-NWA Corporate Member: Poster $500 $600

Exhibitor & Attendee Registration

Become an NWA Corporate Member prior to purchasing a booth to take advantage of the lower Corporate Member booth rates.
Click here for the NWA Corporate Membership Form.

Exhibit Hall Booth Information

  • Regular Booth

    • 8ft x 8ft area that includes a skirted 6-foot table and two chairs
    • NWA Corporate Members receive a discount
    • Two corporate associates receive a complimentary full meeting registration that includes a ticket to the Awards Luncheon Wednesday 21 October 2015
    • Additional corporate associates may assist at the booth for $115 each. (Does not include Awards Luncheon ticket.)
  • Poster Display Booth

    • 3ft x 4ft area
    • NWA Corporate Members receive a discount
    • One corporate associate receives a complimentary full meeting registration that includes a ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday 21 October 2015
  • Setup & Exhibit Hall Hours

    • Saturday, 17 October 2015: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM setup time (Setup time also available early Sunday morning)
    • Sunday, 18 October 2015: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
    • Monday, 19 October 2015: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
    • Tuesday, 20 October 2015: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open (Exhibits tear down after 4PM)
  • Other Exhibitor Benefits

    • Exhibitor logo will be included in the meeting program
    • Exhibitors do not have to be at their booth during the entire exhibit time
    • Attendees will be encouraged to visit the booths during breaks
    • The NWA will promote the Exhibit Hall through our website and social media sites

  • Exhibitors are also invited to consider exciting meeting sponsorship opportunities for increased corporate exposure, both at the meeting, online, and on the meeting app.

Exhibitor & Attendee Registration

Annual Meeting Events


NWA Scholarship Golf Outing – Presented by Baron

This year's NWA Scholarship Golf outing will take place on Saturday, 17 October 2015 at the Earlywine Golf Course (located at the intersection of I-44 and S. Portland in Oklahoma City). The golf course is located 11 minutes from Will Rogers World Airport and 17 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. The cost is $85 per player and includes lunch, range, cart, golf, and donation to the scholarship fund. Lunch will begin at 11:30 AM and Tee Times begin at 1:00 PM. For more information, please contact Ms. Betsy Kling.

Click here for the Scholarship Golf Outing flier!


Weather and Climate Change: Pieces of the Same Puzzle

NWA annual meeting registrants in Oklahoma City will earn 1 CEU for their participation in a Saturday, October 17 half-day weather and climate change workshop held at the Oklahoma City Convention Center, site of the NWA meeting. Underwritten by a grant from the National Science Foundation to George Mason University, the program will offer workshop attendees up to $215 to cover the additional day’s related lodging and meal expenses. There is no course registration fee.

This afternoon course will focus on the state of the science concerning the connection between climate change and severe storms, including frequency and severity. It will also focus on how TV weathercasters have been covering local climate change stories, on air, online and in social media. One of a series of ongoing national and regional weather and climate programs, the course is the first targeted specifically for NWA broadcast meteorologists.

Beginning with a hosted box lunch at noon, the session will include keynote presentations and Q&As with Colorado State University atmospheric sciences professor Scott Denning and with NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory severe weather expert Harold Brooks, from Norman, OK. The two will offer expert insights on a full range of climate science and related weather issues, especially current science on the relationship between a warming climate and weather anomalies. A panel of TV weathercasters moderated by Climate Central meteorologist Bernadette Placky, a former Baltimore TV meteorologist, will provide practical insights on how they are breaking new ground in their expert reporting on weather and related climate change issues. Veteran broadcast meteorologist and NASA consultant Joe Witte will offer pointers and provide resources on weather and climate visualization materials and tips on most effective ways to use them. Additional information about the course program, eligibility for the $215 stipend, and other issues is available from Bud Ward at wardbud@gmail.com. General questions about the NWA Annual Meeting and registration can be sent to nwahelp@nwas.org. You may register for the course when registering for the NWA Annual Meeting.

Click here for the Weather & Climate Change flier.


Research Operations Nexus (RON) Meetup — Honoring the Legacy of Ronald W. Przybylinski

One of the many legacies that Ron Przybylinski left us was his unending motivation to interconnect weather operations and research in strong and enduring ways. Ron was a master in the transition zone, or nexus, of operations and research and the research interactions with Ron actually led to large field projects that provided great benefit both to operations and the general knowledge. This year, the NWA Meeting will provide the opportunity for an interactive Meetup between research and operational meteorologists. The goal is simple: To plant and water the seeds of collaboration between folks from the two groups, which we hope will germinate during the meeting week and blossom beyond the conference itself.

The homework is simple: Please come to the RON Meetup with ideas in which you would like to see the research community involved, and/or what applied scientific research you’d like to see the operational community use to improve their forecast decision making.

Indicate your interest in attending this event when you register for the annual meeting. Cash bar and light food will be available prior to the event in Exhibit Hall.

Hotel Information



The Renaissance room block is sold-out, but rooms may be available at the hotels listed below. If you are not able to secure a reservation, please complete this short survey. The NWA will attempt to secure more rooms at the conference rate, but there is no guarantee. Monitor this site for updates.


Main Conference Hotel


The conference hotel is the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel. Reservations may be made online, at the link below, or by calling +1-800-468-3571 and telling them you are attending the National Weather Association meeting. The room block is open until 18 September 2015, or until the room block is sold out, whichever occurs first.

Click here to make a reservation using the NWA Group Block!

Hotel rates are as follows:

Number of Guests Deluxe King Deluxe Double Deluxe Concierge King Deluxe 2 Double Suite
1–2 $129/night $129/night $149/night $169/night
3 -- $139/night -- $179/night
4 -- $149/night -- $189/night

  • Prices listed do not include taxes or fees. The current tax rate is 13.875%, but is subject to change.
  • When each reservation is made, a deposit equal to the room rate and tax for the first night is required.
  • The deposit is refundable only if the hotel receives notice of an individual's cancellation at least 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival.
  • Check-in is available after 4 P.M. on arrival day, and check-out is at 11 A.M.
  • The hotel would appreciate receiving flight arrival times for guests.

Additional Information

Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel
10 North Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

P: +1-405-228-8000


Overflow Hotel Information — Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown

The conference overflow hotel is the Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown, which is across the street from the convention center. Reservations may be made online, at the link below, or by calling +1-405-232-2290 and using the group code NWAN. The room block is open until 22 September 2015, or until the room block is sold out, whichever occurs first.

  • Rooms in the NWA black are $129 USD per night
  • Guests will have complimentary WIFI
  • Valet parking is $23 USD per day
  • Hotel guest self-parking is complimentary, despite what the hotel registration page indicates. The hotel cannot remove the parking fee information from the website.

Click here to make a reservation using the NWA Group Block!


Overflow Hotel 2 Information — Residence Inn Oklahoma City Downtown/Bricktown

The NWA is holding a limited number of rooms at the Residence Inn Oklahoma City Downtown/Bricktown at 400 East Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104. The cost of the rooms is $139 per night plus tax. Rooms must be reserved by 5:00 PM CDT, 17 September 2015. All rooms must be guaranteed at the time of processing. Please use the link below to reserve a room, or call +1-888-236-2427

Click Here Book Your Group Rate for the National Weather Association!


Overflow Hotel 3 Information — Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

The NWA is holding a limited number of rooms at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel at 1 North Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102. The cost of the rooms is $129 per night plus tax. Make a reservation by clicking on the link below, or calling 1-800-325-3535 and asking for the National Weather Association Room Block.

  • The cutoff date for reservations at the rate listed above is 01 October 2015, or until the block is sold out.
  • Individuals must provide a credit card at time making the reservation.The card will not be charged at reservation time, but may be charged on the arrival date if the room is not cancelled at least 5 days prior to arrival.
  • Individual cancellations without liability: 5 days prior to arrival
  • The Sheraton is a smoke-free hotel.Restaurants on the property that are not operated by Hotel may not participate in the smoke free policy. Hotel will post a $200 cleaning fee to the account of any guests who smoke in their guest room.

Click Here Book Your Group Rate for the National Weather Association!