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Thank you for registering for the AAG Annual Meeting. We’re glad that you will be joining us for our meeting and look forward to seeing you next week in Tampa where you’ll enjoy several days of outstanding sessions and great networking opportunities with colleagues and friends. Please take a moment to review the information below to prepare for the meeting.

If any of your colleagues are still interested in joining us, please let them know they can register on site. On-site registration opens on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 4 p.m. Registration will be available throughout the week.

Meeting Venues

Sessions, workshops and special events will take place at three Tampa venues: The Tampa Convention Center (333 S Franklin Street), The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina (700 S Florida Avenue), and The Westin Harbour Island Hotel (725 Harbor Island Boulevard).

Meeting Check-In & Registration

The AAG Registration Desk will be located in the Second Floor West Lobby of the Tampa Convention Center (TCC). Registration will be open for check-in and on-site registration during the following hours:

Monday, April 7, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 11, 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Presentation Equipment

Projectors with VGA connections are available for paper and panel sessions. Presenters should plan to use their own computers and special adapters for audio/visual presentations.

Internet Access

Wireless internet access is available in the AAG Exhibit Hall and AAG Registration areas at the Tampa Convention Center and in the common areas at the Marriott.

Travel & Local Resources

Please refer to the Plan Your Trip page on the AAG AnnualMeeting site for information about Travel to Tampa, including information about cabs, trains, and shuttles.

Weather

Please check your favorite weather site for updates to help you pack accordingly. The following forecast was taken from AccuWeather.com.

Date Hi Lo Precip Snow Forecast Avg Hi Avg Lo
Tue
4/8/2014
73° 57° 0 in 0 in Thunderstorms possible 80° 62°
Wed
4/9/2014
73° 53° 0 in 0 in Partly sunny 80° 62°
Thu
4/10/2014
76° 59° 0 in 0 in Plenty of sunshine 80° 62°
Fri
4/11/2014
87° 73° 0 in 0 in Warmer with plenty of sun 80° 62°
Sat
4/12/2014
95° 65° 0 in 0 in Sizzling sunshine and hot 80° 62°

Currency Exchange

Most banks, hotels and shopping centers will have cash machines (ATMs) and most major retailers accept Travelers Checks and credit cards. Currency exchange is available at banks and kiosks throughout the city and at the airport. Try a currency converter.

Guide for Newcomers & Tips on What to Attend

With more than 6,000 papers and presentations, it can be difficult to decide what to attend. Take a moment before the meeting to download the mobile app. You may also review the program online or download a PDF copy at www.aag.org/annualmeeting/program. Printed programs are available only for purchase.

The AAG has collaborated with the Graduate Student Affinity Group to create a guide for newcomers to the AAG Annual Meeting. The guide addresses some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from first-time attendees. Download the Newcomers’ Guide.

Field Trips & Workshops

All field trips and workshops require advance registration. Please visit the AAG Registration Desk, location in the Second Floor West Lobby of the Tampa Convention Center to register.

Field trips will depart from the circle outside of the Tampa Convention Center on the bottom floor. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your field trip start time to ensure a timely departure.

AAG Exhibit Hall

The AAG Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall is located in the West Hall on the Third Floor of the Tampa Convention Center. See the AAG Mobile App or page 68-70 in your program for an AAG Exhibit Hall floor plan and list of exhibitors.

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Wednesday, April 9
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Happy Hour in the Hall

Thursday, April 10
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Happy Hour in the Hall

Friday, April 11
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open

Special Events

There will be numerous special events, sessions, and workshops throughout the week. Please refer to your program or pick up a copy of the daily AAGeogram for information on highlighted events and activities. Here are just a few items to consider:

  • Presidential Plenary: Geographies of Climate Change
    Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
  • AAG Honorary Geographer: Warren Washington, “The Evolution of Climate Change Modeling and the US Global Change Research Program”
    Wednesday, April 9, 11;45 a.m.
  • AAG International Reception
    Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.
  • AAG Past President’s Address by Eric Sheppard, “Thinking Geographically: Globalizing Capitalism, and Beyond”
    Thursday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
  • AAG Atlas Award: Julian Bond, “Race Around the World”
    Friday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
  • AAG Awards Luncheon
    Saturday, April 12, 11:50 a.m.

Stay Connected

AAGeograms

Check your email inbox or look for print copies of the AAGeogram each morning for meeting updates, changes, and other relevant news. Please submit your program changes or cancellations at the AAG Customer Service Desk or email David Coronado at dcoronado [at] aag [dot] org.

Social Media

Twitter: @theAAG
Hash Tag: #AAG2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/geographers
AAG Knowledge Communities: http://community.aag.org