Special Events

Refer here often for more details about interesting plenaries and exciting events.

Honorary Geographer Kathy Sullivan

Kathy Sullivan, AAG's 2020 Honorary GeographerGeologist, astronaut, and award-winning NOAA scientist Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan is one of the most versatile of scholars, with a career that has quite literally run the gamut from space to the deep blue sea. Hear 2020's AAG Honorary Geographer speak in a special keynote at AAG 2021.
Last year, the AAG Executive Committee recognized Sullivan’s distinguished career, including being the first American woman to walk in space, as well as serving as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and as a NOAA Administrator. Sullivan steered priority work in the areas of weather and water services, climate science, integrated mapping services and Earth-observing capabilities. Sullivan also led NOAA's efforts with regard to satellites, space weather, water, and ocean observations and forecasts to best serve American communities and businesses. As a woman scientist and role model, Kathryn Sullivan mirrors many of the values the AAG also actively pursues in our discipline and our association.

Read here about Sullivan's amazing 2020 journey to the bottom of the ocean—the first woman ever to have done so.

More details coming soon!

World Geography Bowl
Thursday, April 8, 6:00- 10:00 PM

The World Geography Bowl is a quiz bowl tournament held annually at the Annual Meeting of the AAG, featuring teams of graduate and undergraduate geography students representing each of the AAG’s regional divisions. Contestants are selected by regional divisions through a competitive process, which in many divisions includes participation in a regional geography bowl held at the division’s annual meeting. If you are interested in participating, contact your regional division leadership for more information.

For 2021, the World Geography Bowl will be conducted online with in-person, wi-fi enabled rooms for those in Seattle to participate together. The World Geography Bowl is fully staffed by volunteers, who write and edit questions and help run the proceedings as judges, scorekeepers and moderators. Please contact the World Geography Bowl executive director, Dr. Jamison Conley for volunteer opportunities or the AAG Geography Bowl coordinator, Emily Fekete for questions about the bowl or sponsorship opportunities.
Thank you to the 2021 World Geography Bowl sponsors and volunteers.