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An Introduction to the Annual Meeting of the AAG

The Annual Meeting of the AAG is quite possibly the largest geography conference in the world, with 7,000-8,000 geographers converging from the U.S., Canada, and nearly 60 other countries in a typical year. With over 5,000 different papers and presentations scheduled throughout the conference, you’ll find no shortage of activities that reflect your specific interests within the field of geography. However, with so much going on, it can be challenging for first-time attendees to know how to prepare for and make the most of the meeting.

Newcomers' panel at 2015 Annual Meeting

If you're new to the Annual Meeting or if it has been a while since you've attended, please join us in the Jobs & Careers Center (Columbus AB, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level) on Tuesday, April 21, from 8:00 - 9:40 am for a special session designed to provide an introduction to and overview of the conference. Welcome to the AAG Annual Meeting! A Discussion on Navigating and Making the Most of the Conference, organized by the Graduate Student Affinity Group and co-sponsored by the AAG, will feature an open Q&A with meeting veterans who will share tips and tricks about managing your time and maximizing your participation in the conference.

Guide for newcomers

Along with representatives of the Graduate Student Affinity Group, AAG staff have created a guide for newcomers to the Annual Meeting [PDF] that addresses some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from first-time attendees. If you have a question that's not covered here, visit the Annual Meeting area of our website or email us at

Experience the AAG: Sample itineraries for newcomers

Three examples of itineraries have been developed for newcomers to maximize their experience and explore the AAG's diverse presentation, event, and field trip options. The itineraries are specifically developed for students (undergraduate and graduate), early career attendees, and international participants. Please send us feedback on how you used these so that we may revise for future meetings. Email us at