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 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. 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 the 2020 Annual Meeting

If you're new to the annual meeting or it has been awhile since you've attended, please join us in the Jobs and Careers Center (Mineral Hall B/C, Third Floor, Hyatt) on Monday, April 6, 8:00-9:15 a.m. for a special session designed to provide an overview of the conference. Welcome to the AAG, 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 for 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