19th Annual Meeting | May 17-19, 2017 | Chicago, IL

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19th Annual WRMA Meeting
1st Annual Economics of Weather/Climate Conference, A Student Showcase

Chicago Mercantile Exchange – Chicago, Illinois
May 17-19, 2017


The Weather Risk Management Association will be holding its 19th Annual Meeting on May 17-19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Call for Abstracts – 1st Annual Economics of Weather/Climate Conference, A Student Showcase 

Student Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to Wednesday, February 15! 

In conjunction with its 19th Annual Meeting, WRMA is inviting undergraduate and graduate students from universities with current WRMA memberships to participate in the 1st Annual Economics of Weather/Climate Conference.

ABOUT WRMA: WRMA is dedicated to the education, standardization, and expansion of the acceptance of weather risk management products whether in the form of insurance, derivatives, or alternative risk transfer. The organization consists of a diverse group of hedgers (end-users from a variety of industry sectors), risk takers (primarily insurance/reinsurance companies), and atmospheric/oceanic science entities (public and private). Examples of underwritten risks include time integrated seasonal temperatures (e.g. utility energy volumes), annual wind forcing (wind farm output), seasonal/event-driven agricultural weather risks, hourly precipitation (e.g. outdoor events), quantos (weather and commodity), and tropical cyclones.

WRMA and its members recognize the paramount importance of rapidly evolving observational and prognostic atmospheric technologies to the future of weather risk management; therefore, this inaugural conference is intended to strengthen the interaction/collaboration between risk providers, hedgers, and the research community.

ABSTRACT TOPICS: We encourage students to submit abstracts on a wide range of topics pertaining to the intersection of atmospheric science and the economic continuum. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Quantification of the economic impacts (macro and micro) of weather and climate
  • Observational system and forecast trends/updates and why these are impactful to specific industry segments and/or the broader economy
  • Climate data and modeling (integrated weather, climate, and water system)
  • High impact weather
  • Technology/big data solutions linking weather to business decision support
  • Energy applications (conventional/renewable) and asset optimization using weather/climate information


  • Limit submissions to 1000 words, including figure captions. Please include contact info: full name, email, phone, and university.
  • Abstracts must focus on scientific results, economic linkages, and/or technologies.
  • The selection process will be competitive as governed by the WRMA Program Committee.
  • The person submitting the abstract will automatically be the First Author. Only one First Author submission per student.
  • The First Author must be an enrolled student at a university with a current WRMA membership at the time of abstract submission (students from the 2017 graduating class are welcome to participate).

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: All accepted abstracts will receive complimentary registration to the 19th Annual WRMA Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Moreover, the WRMA Program Committee will provide two student scholarships to receive a full travel package (airfare within the continental US and hotel accommodations during the dates of the meeting).

Participation will be in the form of a poster session during WRMA’s 19th Annual Meeting Welcome Reception (May 17th). The poster session will provide a forum for students to interact and network with leaders in the weather risk management field, potentially creating new career opportunities. In addition, the two scholarship recipients (one undergraduate and one graduate student) will present their research at a special conference session on May 18th.

DEADLINE: Please submit your abstract by FEBRUARY 15, 2017 and ensure your associated university has renewed or applied for WRMA membership before submitting. Applicants will receive an acceptance decision email by no later than March 3, 2017. If selected, WRMA will follow up to provide additional details as to the requirements for final presentations.


Questions? Contact WRMA Staff:
Laura Dwulet, WRMA Executive Director
ldwulet@kellencompany.com +1 202-207-1119