New Features of the Abstract and Session System
As you may have noticed, the AAG has recently updated several of its online platforms related to the Annual Meeting. Our updated email templates are optimized for use on mobile devices and tablets. The new website, annualmeeting.aag.org, presents everything you need to know about #AAG2018 in (what we think is) a more logical, streamlined layout.
Perhaps the most exciting update of all, however, is the new and improved abstract and session submission console. Beyond its appearance, the new system has several new features that we hope will a) simplify the submission process and b) help attendees make the most of their experience in New Orleans.
As you submit your abstract or session(s) for New Orleans, keep these new features in mind:
New this year, the Session Gallery includes a Call for Papers feature. Session organizers can post details on how interested participants can get involved in their session(s) – from topics covered in the session to submission deadlines and organizer contact information.
CFPs can be posted in the most preliminary planning stages – all you need is a tentative title and brief description of how interested participants should get in touch. The new Session Gallery is also searchable, allowing attendees to filter by session type, sponsor group, keyword, theme, and space availability.
Posters are an excellent medium for presenting highly visual research – think photos, graphs, charts, and, of course, maps. To increase the visibility of posters at the Annual Meeting, we have added a poster upload feature. In addition to the required abstract, presenters can upload their actual poster file in PDF format, which will then be displayed in the Abstract Gallery for other attendees to view. Click here for an example.
Participating in one of the three Annual Meeting Themes – Black Geographies, Public Engagement in Geography, or Hazards, Geography, and GIScience – is easier than ever before. When submitting your abstract or session, select the appropriate theme from a dropdown menu to have your submission considered for inclusion. Committees for each theme will receive their set of submitted abstracts and sessions for consideration after the November 8 deadline.
To help with the transition to the new system, we have also created a series of instructional videos that walk through the processes of submitting an abstract or session, browsing the galleries, and utilizing the poster upload feature. Check out our YouTube channel or the Annual Meeting website for more information.