- Registration Information
- Schedule and Program
- Deadlines and Submissions
- Get Involved
- Accessibility and Inclusion
- Planning Your Trip and Getting Around
- Student Travel Grants
- Land Acknowledgment
- COVID-19 Information
- AAG Event Policies
Join us for this Mile-High and Thousands-of-Miles-Wide hybrid meeting.
The term “hybrid” can be interpreted in different ways. For AAG, it means that individuals will have the opportunity to present and learn from the Annual Meeting in person and online.
AAG 2023 Presidential Plenary and other high-profile sessions will be streamed live for all participants, and some will accommodate both in-person and virtual presenters. Most other sessions will be designated either virtual or in-person. Virtual offerings will offer greater access opportunities for students and those who are not able or willing to travel, especially from outside the United States.
We invite you to organize and get involved in sessions, workshops, field trips, special events, and activities and we look forward to seeing you virtually and in the Rocky Mountains.
In addition to visiting this page, watch for weekly annual meeting Geogram emails and check Facebook and Twitter for updates.
In-person registrants can visit the registration area at the Sheraton, Plaza Building, Exhibit Foyer on the Concourse Level to print their badges to gain access to the conference.
Virtual registrants do not need a badge and can access the Tech Toolkit to learn how to use the virtual platform.Check out the Tech Toolkit
In-person registration hours
Sheraton, Plaza Building, Exhibit Foyer on the Concourse Level
Wednesday, March 22: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, March 23-26: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 27: 8 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
|THROUGH MARCH 27|
|IN-PERSON REGISTRATION (includes virtual access)|
|Member: Student, Developing Regions, Under/Un-employed, Retired||$165||$165||$165|
|Member: Student, Developing Regions, Under/Un-employed, Retired||$50||$50||$50|
|Please note that virtual registration is non-refundable.|
To register a companion/spouse or as a K-12 educator/student, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media inquiries: Please contact us to obtain your press pass.View our Cancellation Policy
Schedule and Program
The following session time slots are 80 minutes long with 30-minute breaks. This schedule is subject to change.
Thursday, March 23 – Monday, March 27
- 8:30 AM – 9:50 AM
- 10:20 AM – 11:40 AM
- LUNCH BREAK
- 12:50 PM – 2:10 PM
- 2:40 PM – 4:00 PM
- 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM
This handy tool allows attendees to browse the program for abstracts, sessions, presenters and much more. Create your personal calendar with events you plan to attend for an efficient, at-a-glance experience. Connect and keep in touch with friends and colleagues during the conference. Download the mobile app before you arrive at the meeting, while you have time and strong wi-fi.
Jobs & Careers Center
This area will feature dozens of sessions on careers and professional development for geographers. It is a central hub for students, job seekers, and other meeting attendees to learn from professional geographers, network with one another, and develop strategies for finding employment in geography-related occupations.
Each year, special events, timely plenaries, and interesting sessions are held during the annual meeting. Check back soon for announcements and information.
Author and activist Rebecca Solnit is AAG’s 2023 Honorary Geographer, an award given annually to recognize an exceptional leader in the arts, research, teaching, and writing whose work addresses geographic topics.Read more
Susanna Hecht will participate in a conversation with Antoinette WinklerPrins, deputy division director of the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) of the National Science Foundation.Read more
This Presidential Plenary kicks off the discussion of the AAG 2023 theme, Toward More Just Geographies. Join AAG President Marilyn Raphael, her panelists, and your colleagues in a discussion on the nature of Just Geographies—and what we must we do together to bring ourselves closer to them.Read more
Geographers constantly confront the question of who we are and what we do. But these cannot be defined without also asking ourselves what makes up the geographic community. Past President Dave Kaplan’s address focuses on how community intertwines with geography.Read more
Despite the importance of weather modification in the context of climate change, it has not attracted much attention from geographers. Past President Emily Yeh takes this opportunity to consider practices of weather modification in the U.S., China, and the United Arab Emirates, through the lens of several geographical concepts.Read more
The AAG Awards Celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to recognize all AAG 2020-2023 Awardees, Honorees, Fellows, and Specialty Group/Affinity Group Award recipients. All AAG 2023 attendees are invited to gather and celebrate at this open reception.Read more
AAG welcomes all AAG 2023 attendees to participate in a networking and social event on the first day of the meeting. Connect with colleagues you haven’t seen in person for several years and meet new collaborators. AAG Executive Director Gary Langham and AAG President Marilyn Raphael will set the tone for a dynamic meeting during this opening event.Read more
AAG Executive Director Gary Langham welcomes all AAG 2023 attendees to stop by and grab a quick breakfast on the way to Friday’s sessions. For those who are interested, Gary and AAG staff will be available to talk about the new AAG Strategic Plan and answer questions about AAG programs and services.Read more
This quiz bowl tournament has been held annually since 1993 at the annual Mmeting. Teams of graduate and undergraduate geography students selected from the AAG’s regional divisions will compete in the round-robin tournament.Read more
Join Rebecca Solnit, Farhana Sultana, and Edward Carr to bear witness to the value of hope and collective action to safeguard the planet’s future. There will be a book signing after the session, and Boulder Book Store will be on hand to sell selected titles by Rebecca Solnit.Read more
If you’re new to the AAG Annual Meeting, take this opportunity to meet other first-time attendees. AAG Staff will be available during this session to answer any questions you may have with navigating the largest geography conference.Read more
What does a Just Geography mean to you?
Visit the “Just Geographies” exhibition area near AAG’s Meridian Space information booth on the Concourse Level in the Sheraton Plaza building, where you can continue to reflect on Marilyn Raphael’s Presidential Plenary discussion.
Share your ideas or take a break and contemplate other members’ ideas captured in the short animation. This feature will be available through Sunday at 5:30 PM.
Field trips and workshops
Consider the numerous field trips and workshops that offer great learning opportunities in addition to attending sessions. Explore the Denver area with local experts and learn new research techniques or career skills from well-respected colleagues.
Toward More Just Geographies
In recognition of the urgency, centrality, and interdependence of equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice within our discipline and in the world, AAG invites abstracts, panels, posters, and discussions that examine the spatial dimensions, scope, and scale of racial and social justice, as well as obstacles to its realization. We welcome presentations and sessions that will confront injustice in its many forms, offer ways to embrace and support diversity, and contribute to a welcoming environment for all. In recognition that these concepts extend beyond the human realm and across the breadth of geographical study, we welcome presentations that examine ecologies and habitats through the lens of inclusiveness, equity, diversity, and justice.
The AAG and its specialty and affinity and other groups organize developing tracks, which include “must see” or topical sessions. Below are the organized tracks:
- AAG’s GeoEthics Initiative and Related Effort
- AAG Jobs & Careers
- AAG’s GeoEthics Initiative and Related Effort
- AAG Specialty and Affinity Group Highlighted Sessions
- Black Geographies Specialty Group Curated Track
- Disability Specialty Group Curated Track
- Economic Geography Specialty Group Highlights and Crisis, Inequality, and Left-Behind Places
- Economic Geography Specialty Group Highlights and Feminist and Digital Economic Geographies
- GORABS Specialty Group Curated Track: Sacred Spaces, Varied Voices
- Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group Curated Track: Global change and local people
- Legal Geography Specialty Group Curated Track
- Rural Geography Specialty Group Curated Track
Plan to visit the AAG 2023 exhibit hall. See all of your favorite exhibitors and discover new ones you haven’t met yet!
March 24, 2023 — 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March 25, 2023 — 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March 26, 2023 — 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thank you to our sponsors
The hybrid meeting format allows individuals the opportunity to present and learn both in person and online. There are several ways to experience the annual meeting within those areas.Learn more
Annual Meeting Nodes
This year, the AAG and the Climate Action Taskforce are experimenting with a series of self-organized “nodes” through a collaborative effort with the Université de Montréal, the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Concordia University and California State University Fullerton. During the annual meeting, a select number of organized sessions will be streamed virtually across these universities. We invite all geographers participating in the Annual Meeting to visit these sessions.
8:30 – 9:50 — Climate, Care and the Housing Crisis 1
10:20 – 11:40 — Climate, Care and the Housing Crisis 2
12:50 – 2:10 — Climate, Care and the Housing Crisis 3
8:30 – 9:50 — Climate Action Task Force – Plenary Lecture
10:20 – 11:40 — New Directions in Critical Border Studies 1
12:50 – 2:10 — New Directions in Critical Border Studies 2
2:40 – 4:00 — New Directions in Critical Border Studies 3
|8:30 – 9:50||Collaborative Mapping of Memories and Knowledges 1||Spatial Justice and land claims at the frontiers of capital|
|10:20 – 11:40||Collaborative Mapping of Memories and Knowledges 2||Diverse cities, diverse public spaces: appropriation and negotiations of everyday urban spaces|
|12:50 – 2:10||The creative and non-representational soul of mapping||Ethnographic insights into infrastructure and urban flows|
In addition, the following will be projected into the conference space for geographers in Denver:
8:30 a.m. MST — “Climate Action Task Force Plenary Lecture” with Debbie Hopkins, Oxford University
Friday at 10:20 a.m. MST — screening of the documentary film “Safe Haven” (Alison Mountz and Lisa Molomot)
Over the past 4 years the AAG and the Climate Action Taskforce have worked to find ways to significantly reduce the carbon emissions associated with the annual conference. As one outcome of this effort, the Association is experimenting this year with a series of self-organized “nodes.” Through a collaborative effort, the Université de Montréal, the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and Concordia University will host one such self-organized node. During the time of the meeting, a select number of organized sessions will take place across these universities as part of the official (virtual) program.
By collaborating in this node, geographers in Montreal are opening pathways of environmental transformation in our professional practices. We seek to demonstrate that knowledge production and exchange does not need to be a carbon-intensive endeavor. This effort also seeks to create new spaces of inclusion in geography by making participation in the Annual Conference more accessible geographically, institutionally, and financially.
Montreal-based organizing committee: Sébastien Caquard, Concordia University; Stéphane Guimont Marceau, INRS; Patricia Martin, Université de Montréal; Liliana Perez Université de Montréal; Sophie L. Van Neste, INRS
California State University, Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) is providing access to all streamed sessions presented from Friday, March 24th to Sunday, March 26th. Sessions are hosted in select rooms on campus to allow attendees to view presentations, engage in activities, and interact with the host conference.
Selected sessions were determined by a committee of CSUF Geography Club members, however attendees are welcome to watch any of the hundreds of other available sessions on their own devices.
Registration was provided for free by the university for all attendees.Learn more at the CSUF website
Deadlines and Submissions
The AAG accepts all submitted abstracts and organized sessions for presentation. The registration fee must be paid prior to abstract submission. You may only submit one abstract for presentation and be a panelist in one panel session. If you opt not to submit an abstract, you may be a panelist twice. There is no limit on how many sessions you may organize.
- Extended to November 17: Abstract Submission deadline
- December 1: Session Organizing deadline
- January 5: Program Released
- February 9: Abstract/Session Editing deadline
- March 1: Program Finalized
- March 23 – 27: Annual Meeting
There are many ways to get involved in the upcoming annual meeting beyond presenting research or participating in a session. Become a sponsor, exhibitor or advertiser, work as a conference assistant to offset your registration fee, involve a non-geographer, serve as a career mentor, or pursue one of the many other opportunities to bolster your participation.
- Sponsorship, exhibitor and advertising opportunities
- Plan a workshop
- Propose a field trip
- Conference assistant positions (All positions are now filled) — Students and unemployed or underemployed geographers with a paid conference registration for AAG 2023 are encouraged to sign-up for this unique opportunity to help offset their meeting costs.
- Career mentor options (see below)
- Host a meeting or event
- Join the conversation on social media using #aag2023
Volunteers needed for the Jobs & Careers Center
The AAG currently seeks volunteers encompassing a wide range of professional backgrounds, interests, and experiences to participate as career mentors and to help organize and lead career and professional development-themed sessions during the annual meeting.
Career mentoring provides an open forum for students and job seekers to receive one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Mentors are expected to answer questions and provide general career advice to students and job seekers interested in learning more about industries that employ geographers, the work geographers perform, and strategies for getting into the field.
If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we hope you will consider participating! This year we will be organizing four themed sessions. Please note that the sessions will be held in-person:
- Career Mentoring I (“Toward More Just Geographies” JEDI theme)
- Career Mentoring II (Government & Nonprofit Sector Careers)
- Career Mentoring III (Private Sector Careers)
- Career Mentoring IV (Academic Careers)
To volunteer, please contact us at email@example.com with a brief note indicating your interest by December 1, 2022.
The AAG seeks professional geographers to organize a career or professional development-themed session or workshop during the annual meeting.
We are open to sessions, workshops, or other activities covering a broad range of topics, from diversity in academia and the workforce, to professional networking strategies, to employment opportunities in the business/government/nonprofit sectors, to work-life balance and more.
If you are planning to attend the annual meeting and would like to organize an in-person or virtual session, workshop or other activity related to careers and professional development that we could cross-promote or co-sponsor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 10, 2022.
Accessibility and Inclusion
The AAG works to create an Annual Meeting that is accessible to all. This includes reasonable accommodations as specified by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). AAG and its conference venues ensure mobility access within all session and conference rooms.
During the registration process there will be an opportunity to provide any accessibility needs. Accessibility needs can also be sent to email@example.com. If possible, please make accommodation requests no later than one month prior to the meeting. This provides both the AAG and its contracted facilities lead time for ensuring optimal access, e.g. contracting with sign language interpreters.
Motorized scooter and wheelchair needs: Mobility Plus is a service offering rental equipment to attendees to help them navigate the annual meeting venues and beyond. Prices vary by model and needs, and attendees can call Mobility Plus for an individual quote. The company will deliver the equipment to your hotel.Learn More
Plan your trip
Getting Around the neighborhood
Our annual meeting hotels are conveniently located in Denver’s downtown, near parks, restaurants, the 16th Street pedestrian mall, and the bustling LoDo neighborhood. Most events at the annual meeting will take place in these hotels. AAG negotiates the room rates on behalf of attendees to be lower, more equitable, and more predictable over time than the regular rates offered to non-conference attendees.
Sheraton Denver Downtown
1550 Court Pl., Denver, CO 80202
$219/night – Single/Double ($253.49 with taxes)
$239 – Triple ($276.64 with taxes)
$254 – Quad ($299.79 with taxes)
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th St., Denver, CO 80202
$219/night – Single/Double ($253.49 with taxes)
$234 – Triple ($270.86 with taxes)
$249 – Quad ($288.22 with taxes)
AAG works to ensure a safe and welcoming space for all during AAG 2023 Denver
AAG learned of the recent racial profiling incident by Hyatt Regency Denver security staff during the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) annual meeting. This behavior violates our values and commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
In the days since the incident, the Hyatt has issued a formal apology and is taking steps to retrain their team, as well as planning to compensate the individuals involved and make substantive donations to organizations important to NASP. AAG is working with our partners at the Hyatt Regency Denver and other venues to ensure a safe and welcoming space for all guests and participants in the 2023 AAG Annual meeting.
We have had a series of discussions with the Hyatt and are confident of a safe and positive meeting experience for all AAG 2023 attendees. (March 21)
Travel to Denver
There are many ways to reach the annual meeting in Denver, including by air, rail, bus and car.
By air: Denver International Airport offers convenient rail service for just $10.50 each way to Denver Union Station. The rail station is just one mile or a 20-minute ride on the free MallRide bus to the AAG meeting location. Other options are taxis, shuttles and car share services.
By rail: Amtrak arrives at Denver Union Station and offers several travel line options, depending on your departure location.
Denver’s Regional Transit District offers a multitude of options for coming into town. Within the downtown area, hop the free MallRide down the 16th Street Mall, a car-free pedestrian space that is the fastest way to the AAG meeting hotels from Union Station, including a drop-off point next to the Sheraton Denver Downtown. MetroRide is another option for getting around town.
Scooter and bike share is offered by Lime and Lyft and features vehicles for rent via their mobile apps.
Making Low-Carbon Choices
AAG has set an ambitious goal of reducing our carbon emissions from each annual meeting by 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. AAG’s Climate Action Task Force encourages those meeting participants who can consider their travel options and lean away from carbon emissions when possible. If you are attending in person, explore your travel choices. As you make your plans, share your low-carbon transit adventures with us: #AAG4EarthLearn more
AAG is again making an investment to subsidize CAMP AAG, a full-time, professionally-managed and staffed on-site childcare service. Our provider, Accent on Children’s Arrangements, Inc. (ACCENT), will offer age-appropriate activities for children ranging from 6 months to 17 years of age (separated into age-appropriate groups) including curriculum-enriched, hands-on, creative activities, arts and crafts projects, active games, and more.
To ensure that your child has a space, please pre-register and pay prior to March 16.Register
Justify Your Trip
Requesting funding from your university, company, or organization to attend the Annual Meeting? The AAG provides a justification letter for all prospective attendees to use to help with the funding request process.Download the flyer
The AAG provides a formal invitation letter to help with the visa submission process. The general visa form letter will allow you to fill out your contact information, then save or print a copy for your records.
If you have already registered and would like your abstract and/or session title included in your invitation letter, please use the custom visa form.Download a general visa letter Download a custom visa letter
Visa requirements often change and vary by country, so be sure to visit the U.S. State Department website for the latest information when planning your trip. If you need a visa, be sure to apply early. We recommend applying three to four months before your date of travel to allow sufficient time to process your application.
Travelers entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program need a valid ESTA approval. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program and ESTA.
Additional tips and information about visa requirements are available from The National Academies International Visitors Office.
Our annual meeting will take place on the land of the Tséstho’e (Tsitsistas/Cheyenne), Hinono’ei (Arapaho), Nuu-ciui (Ute), and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Oceti Sakowin/People of the Seven Council Fires), a land to which nearly 50 other Indigenous nations and tribes have ties. We recognize the diverse and vibrant Indigenous cultures of Colorado and the West, who constitute a living resistance to official U.S. policies that have authorized acts of land theft, treaty violations, genocide, displacement and forced relocation, as well as contemporary systems and practices that still encroach on Indigenous lands and sovereignty. AAG acknowledges our responsibility to participate in and support the resurgence of Indigenous Peoples, in Denver and worldwide.
AAG will waive annual meeting registration for you if you are a member of any of the 48 tribes and nations with ancestral ties to the land defined by the state boundaries of Colorado. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAG Event Policies
AAG’s first priority is the health and safety of Annual Meeting attendees and partners. Our goal is to hold a safe event, recognizing it is not possible to remove all risks, in particular concerning COVID-19.
In keeping with local and state guidelines and policies, AAG will not require attendees to show proof of vaccination or wear masks during Annual Meeting events. We recommend that attendees receive all available vaccinations and boosters in advance of the meeting, and wear masks when participating in indoor activities. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available to attendees throughout the meeting spaces.
AAG will follow CDC public health recommendations, and federal, state, and local regulations applicable at the time of the AAG Annual Meeting. AAG will put policies and measures in place to provide a safe environment for all attendees, and AAG may change, update, or add to these requirements at any time as it deems prudent to best protect the health and safety of attendees and others.