2018 Student Conference

The Weather Risk Management Association (WRMA) is delighted to invite undergraduate and graduate students from universities with current WRMA memberships to participate in the 2nd Annual Economics of Weather/Climate Conference.

Attention Students: Here are some key reasons why you should submit your abstract:
  1. Too Busy Applying to Jobs?…Explore Career Paths with WRMA Companies. Come sit in on sessions, converse with industry representatives, and ask questions about the industry. This is an ideal setting if you’re exploring career opportunities and want to talk directly with potential employers.
  2. Afraid of Being Out of Place?…This is an Ideal Networking Setting. This isn’t a vast trade show,  but an intimate setting of around 100 industry representatives, which makes for an approachable networking setting for students and those new to the industry.
  3. Looking to Build that Resume?…Build Your Skills. Have an opportunity to present your research and get in front of 100+ attendees.
  4. Not Sure if this is the Industry for You?…Learn More about the Industry. So what really is weather risk management? Sit in on numerous panels and speaker sessions to hear updates from top experts in the industry.
  5. Not Sure if Your Abstract Has What it Takes?…Take a Risk! A broad range of relevant topics are accepted and it’s okay to submit conceptual approaches and works in progress. This industry is about problem-solving – we want to see what you’re working on!

ABOUT WRMA WRMA (wrma.org) 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, and this 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 2018 graduating class are welcome to participate).
  • Students whose abstracts are selected are asked to display a research poster (4’x3’) during the conference poster session.


All accepted abstracts: All students with accepted abstracts will receive complimentary registration to the 20h Annual WRMA Meeting in Miami, Florida. Participation will be in the form of a poster session during the Annual Meeting Welcome Reception (June 6th). 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.

Selected scholarship recipients: The WRMA Program Committee will provide four student scholarships. Scholarship recipients will receive a travel stipend (airfare within the continental US and hotel accommodations during the dates of the meeting) and the opportunity to present their research during a special conference session on June 7th.

DEADLINE EXTENDED Please submit your abstract by March 23, 2018 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 April 16, 2018.

Submit an Abstract. 

See details from 1st Annual Economics of Weather/Climate Conference.