Student Conference

NWA 45th Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting | September 13-17, 2020

Student Conference

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Register for the 45th NWA Annual Meeting.

Students and Early Career-Professionals:

The National Weather Association Student Conference Planning Committee is excited to announce details for the 45th Annual Meeting of the NWA. The Student Conference will be held on Sunday September 13, 2020 from 12pm-7pm ET, the Forecasting Master Class will be held on Monday September 14, 2020 from 10am-12pm ET, and daily Student Map Briefings will be held each day during the Annual Meeting on Tuesday-Thursday. Just like the Annual Meeting, all Student Conference activities will be held virtually with a wide range of speakers, panels, and networking opportunities.

We have been working hard to ensure that the most important parts of the Student Conference are preserved - (1) networking with meteorologists, EMs, professors, and other professionals and (2) illuminating the wide range of career opportunities within the field of meteorology and related professions.

This year’s Student Conference takes to heart the Annual Meeting theme: “Forward Together: Meeting the challenges in operational meteorology in the age of artificial intelligence, analytics, and digital communications”. You can find the preliminary agenda outlined below (Note, all times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time). We will provide more details on the NWA website and social media as speakers are confirmed.

Sunday September 13, 2020

Student Conference
12:00 - 12:30 PM Student Conference Kick-Off
12:30 - 12:45 PM Break
12:45 - 1:15 PM Keynote: Future Horizons in Meteorology & Beyond, Dr. Louis Uccellini
1:15 - 1:30 PM Break
1:30 - 2:15 PM Panel: Rapidly Transitioning to a Virtual Working Environment
2:15 - 2:45 PM The Economic Benefits of Weather Forecasting with Dr. Jeff Lazo
2:45 - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 - 3:30 PM Hazardous Weather Communication During Quarantine: Jason Frazer
3:30 - 3:45 PM Break
3:45 - 4:15 PM Artificial Intelligence at the Warning Desk with Dylan Steinkruger
4:15 - 4:45 PM Open Forum Q&A with Amber Liggett & John Banghoff
4:45 - 5:00 PM Break
5:00 - 6:20 PM Speed Mentoring Breakout Sessions
6:20 - 7:00 PM Speed Mentoring Free-for-All

Speed Mentor Contact Information

Monday September 14, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00PM - Forecasting Master Class

Tuesday September 15, 2020 - Thursday September 17, 2020
Daily Student Map Briefing - Time/Details TBD
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Annual Meeting Sessions

TL:DR Because the conference is virtual this year, registration prices for students are very affordable at a rate of $50 for student members and $190 for early career members. You will be able to access all content from the Student Conference and Annual Meeting at any time during and after the meeting! You can submit your registration here. After you register, please save the date for the Student Conference on Sunday September 13th & Forecasting Master Class on Monday September 14th, and consider signing up to do a Student Map Briefing by yourself or with some peers during the Annual Meeting. If you are interested in more information about or wish to sign up for a Student Map Briefing, please contact Jared Allen ( We hope to see you in September! If you have any questions, please reach out to Student Conference chairs John Banghoff ( or Amber Liggett (

We’re excited to “see” you very soon!

45th NWA Annual Meeting Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor:




Supporting Women in Meteorology Event Sponsor:

R.A.C.E. (Racism and Current Events) Event Sponsor:

Platinum, gold, silver, and other sponsorship opportunities are available.
For questions, please contact the NWA Office: