Conference News

AAS 2021 Annual Conference is Going Virtual

Posted: October 28, 2020

The global pandemic has shifted many aspects of AAS operations. Like most people and organizations, we have had to pivot and quickly find new ways of interacting with the world around us as well as new ways of engaging with our constituents.

Due to the continued uncertainties created by the pandemic, we have made the decision to move the AAS 2021 Annual Conference to an entirely online format. The official dates for the annual conference have shifted to March 21-26, 2021 in an effort to lessen schedule conflicts as well as to maximize participation. With this extended schedule, we hope to mitigate the fatigue of engaging in online sessions for entire days, as well as to optimize engagement despite time zone differences.

2021 Conference Update

Posted: September 22, 2020

We thank all AAS members who completed our most recent survey, which concerned the AAS 2021 Annual Conference, future dates, and COVID-19 pandemic. The Secretariat has thoroughly reviewed all responses, and AAS staff members are currently discussing all options and how we should move forward. We must adhere to appropriate protocols, including speaking with the contracted venues, before any official announcements can be made. Please rest assured that the AAS 2021 conference will take place. We will share more information regarding any format or possible date changes very soon.

Passover Holiday and Conflict in Conference Dates

Posted: August 8, 2020

Unfortunately, the AAS 2021 Annual Conference conference dates fall over the first two days of Passover.   The AAS wants to ensure all members that we are sensitive to the fact that the conference was inadvertently scheduled over the holiday and sincerely apologize for this error in scheduling.   We are currently working closely with our partners in Seattle on local arrangements to accommodate conference attendees while in Seattle and will share more information once the details are confirmed.  

Coronavirus/Conference Planning

Updated: August 1, 2020

The AAS is planning for an in-person annual conference in Seattle as well as an online/virtual component that will include access to view conference sessions and events online. We will continue to monitor the current status of the coronavirus and new developments as it relates to the re-opening phases of Seattle and Washington State. Additionally, we are paying close attention to governmental guidelines of social distancing, global travel, institutional travel funding and support. If there have been no significant improvements with reopening phases or general comfort in holding large gatherings, the 2021 annual conference will transition to a fully online conference. We will continue to post any new updates as they develop.

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