All About the Annual Meeting

Welcome to the American Association of Geographers' Annual Meeting! You will be joined by fellow geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other leaders for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The meeting will be held from April 3-7, 2019, and will feature over 6,900 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. 

The Annual Meeting of the AAG is quite possibly the largest geography conference in the world, with over 8,500 geographers converging from the U.S., Canada, and nearly 60 other countries in a typical year. With thousands of 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.

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park and the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C'.s  Woodley Park neighborhood. 

New Options for AAG Annual Meeting Attendance

The AAG Annual Meeting serves as an important opportunity for members of our discipline to convene with colleagues, connect face to face with collaborators, and share information on the latest research, techniques, and resources in geography. In order to improve the planning, implementation, and attendee experience at the meeting, the AAG is adjusting the way registration is organized.

As the AAG Annual Meeting has continued to grow, so has the number of concurrent paper and panel sessions. A very large number of concurrent sessions can result in smaller audiences for presentations, require more difficult-to-find concurrent meeting rooms, and involve more expensive audiovisual services and equipment. Poster sessions do not require audiovisual equipment, can be held in a variety of different spaces available at a venue, and allow for a greater number of participants and presentations within a session. To address these trends, the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting will offer a new discounted registration fee to encourage poster presentations at the AAG meeting.


Curated Poster sessions have been steadily growing in popularity as a venue to share and discuss research and scholarship at other meetings, such as the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and others. At our own AAG Annual Meetings, poster presentations have consistently increased with 589 at the 2016 San Francisco meeting, 709 at the 2017 Boston meeting, and a record-breaking 803 posters in New Orleans this year. The AAG is responding to and encouraging the growing interest in poster sessions and the value, quality, and diversity they bring to the Annual Meeting alongside paper and panel sessions. AAG Specialty Groups are now also  developing curated poster sessions around topics of interest.

With the AAG’s new capacity to upload posters into the AAG Abstract Gallery, poster submissions can also garner more exposure to the author’s research before, during, and after the meeting through shareable links for CVs, LinkedIn, and social media. Attendees are increasingly converging on poster sessions as they can view and engage with more research and researchers in one spot, at one time. Poster presenters note how they enjoy the professional, one-on-one and small group conversations about their work. Below are the new registration categories for the 2019 meeting in Washington, DC :

Regular Registration: 
  • Required for paper or panel presenters (including paper and panel speakers, organizers, chairs, discussants)
  • Includes access to attend the meeting, exhibit hall, receptions, and all sessions

    Discounted Registration: 
  • Available for poster presenters, or 
  • attendees who are not presenting
  • Includes access to attend the meeting, exhibit hall, receptions, and all sessions

    Every AAG Annual Meeting attendee is an important part of what makes each year’s event unique, informative, and successful. The AAG continues to work to improve the quality of the Annual Meeting and relatedly the quality of every attendee’s Annual Meeting experience. Thank you for your active and valuable participation in New Orleans. We look forward to seeing you at our Washington, DC meeting in 2019. Please contact us at with any questions.
  • Annual Meeting Site Selection

    Who attends the AAG Annual Meeting?

    AAG members and conference attendees represent a spectrum of research interests from across the geography and related disciplines. Though we may be the American Association of Geographers, over 30% of our attendees annually are from outside the U.S. Students represent a considerable portion of our attendee base as well - over 40% at the 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

    Why should you attend?

    The AAG Annual Meeting provides a dynamic forum for leaders in the discipline to showcase the most recent trends in geographic ideas and technologies. With attendees from academia, government, business, and the nonprofit sector, finding your place at the AAG Annual Meeting is easy.

    Thinking about attending on behalf of your institution or organization? 
    The AAG provides a justification letter all prospective attendees are invited to use to help with the funding request process. The letter provides the details needed to convince your supervisor or department that attending #aagDC will benefit you and your organization.

    The AAG Hotel Block

    For each Annual Meeting, the AAG works diligently to reserve the accommodations and space we need for our 8,500 attendees and 1,700 sessions.  

    When a venue is secured for our meeting, the AAG contracts a number of guest rooms at one or more hotels. In order to acquire the meeting and event space we need for our sessions, exhibits and receptions, we partner with hotels to bring them revenue in the form of booked hotel room nights. 

    In making our agreements with our Annual Meeting hotel partners, we receive access to meeting and special event space that we can then use to further our mission of education, engagement, and community among geographers. Without our efforts to book and fill the hotel blocks, the meeting space rental fees would be extremely costly, making the Annual Meeting much more expensive.

    Our Annual Meeting hotels are safe, reputable, and centrally located properties in interesting and dynamic cities. The rates at these hotels are negotiated on behalf of attendees to be lower, more equitable, and more predictable over time than the regular rates offered to non-conference attendees. 

    Without the support of attendees like you staying in the discounted hotel blocks, our fees and prices would need to drastically change to afford those added costs. These price changes would mean that registration fees and membership dues could rise. The ability of AAG to offer meeting space and materials at little to no charge would disappear and members would get less support when needed. 

    AAG staff work tirelessly to find the best prices for its members and for the association by working with various partners in interesting and exciting cities. Please consider staying in the AAG hotel block.