231st AAS Meeting, Washington, DC

Important: Our registration process has changed.

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Registration steps:

  1. Sign in if you're not already logged in. Then click "Register Myself."
  2. Review and approve your badge. Click the pencil icon below the "Cancel My Registration" button to access your name and organization/affiliation information. Click "Save & Close" when you're done.
    • Important: Please verify that this information is correct. This is what will be printed on your badge.
    • Important: Please do not put your last name in the Informal name field.
  3. Select your registration option.
    • The registration rates are based on your current membership status; however, if you renew a lapsed membership and register for a meeting on the same day, you will be charged the nonmember registration rate. To register at the member rate, please wait until the following business day to register for the meeting and confirm you have been charged the correct fee before checking out.
    • Registration options for which you are ineligible are hidden.
    • Your eligibility will be reviewed if you select the student, emeritus, local educator, or amateur astronomer options.
    • If you select a one-day option, you will only be allowed in the meeting space on that day.
  4. Click "Save/Update Responses" before you select your program options and checkout.
  5. Add your program options and modify the quantity if needed.
  6. Use the "Update" and "Remove" buttons to change the quantity or remove an option.
  7. If you have a guest, please select "Add a guest" below the "Cancel My Registration" button. Guests are $60 each, and have access to the Exhibit Hall, and Opening and Closing Receptions.

Important: Our registration process has changed.

1/8/2018 - 1/12/2018
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, MD 20745 United States

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A mobile app including the schedule of sessions and events, full abstracts, exhibitor listings, and much more information will be available for Android, iPhone, and through any web browser. If you would like to also receive a printed meeting program, please opt-in.
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Over 90% of the carbon emissions from a typical scientific meeting come from participant travel to the meeting. We are encouraging participants to contribute up to $100 towards the purchase of carbon offsets, which will be used for a variety of third-party certified projects to reduce carbon emissions. Offsets are not a panacea, but will go a small way towards compensating for the meeting's carbon footprint.
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The Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize — established through the support of his father, John Doxsey, and other friends, family, and colleagues — provides graduate students or postdocs within one year of receiving or receipt of their PhD a monetary prize to enable the oral presentation of their dissertation research at a winter meeting of the AAS. Help us sustain this important prize with your gift of $25.00 to $100.
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Is DC your first AAS Meeting? Are you looking for a Graduate or Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Program? Are you overwhelmed by the AAS Meeting? Or are you looking to connect with other students and faculty? Then the Student Orientation Grad School Fair is for you! When you register, make sure to sign up for this fun and informative event.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
1/8/2018 5:30 PM
Join your colleagues as we kick-off the start of the 231st AAS Meeting in Washington. This is a great time to network, socialize, eat, drink and gear up for an exciting week.
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
1/8/2018 7:00 PM
More and more recruiters, job decision-makers and hiring managers are using the web to find and research potential candidates. How can you make sure that you are not only found, but are ahead of the pack? In this session, we will discuss how decision-makers use LinkedIn and Facebook, and how you can use LinkedIn to establish yourself as a leader in your field, enhance your research reputation, and seek out and take advantage of innovative opportunities. We will demonstrate how to optimize your presence on Twitter, and create a winning LinkedIn profile, and how to use its multitude of features (such as joining and commenting in groups) to generate solid leads for your career.
This FREE workshop and panel discussion will center on the current and expanding crisis in the job and career market for astronomers. Specifically targeted towards graduate students and Postdocs, this workshop will identify and investigate the shortage of traditional astronomy jobs, and how early-career scientists can best prepare for this challenge. Our focus will be on career planning for traditional astronomy positions. We will demonstrate how to orchestrate a personal career plan and develop a Plan B and Plan C for contingencies. We will discuss what early-career astronomers should do now to enhance their CVs and research reputations, and what they should look for in and how they can leverage a Postdoc appointment to set themselves up for success in the field. We will also discuss non-traditional jobs and career paths in astronomy, and introduce the skills that are needed to pursue these. Q and A between panelists and workshop participants will be highly encouraged.
Registrants will be contacted starting 18 September by facilitator to schedule their individual appointment. Alaina Levine of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consultant, science writer, professional speaker, and comedian, will meet individually with attendees to provide confidential, customized career advice for people from student through mid-career. Attendees are encouraged to bring CV/resume, cover letter, or any other item you wish to have evaluated.
1/9/2018 12:30 PM - 1/11/2018 5:30 PM
1/9/2018 12:30 PM
Are you in the market for a career in astronomy? Thinking of making a change? Would you like to mentor an early career astronomer? Will your company be hiring in the near future? Then the Career Networking Reception is the place to be. Network with employers and potential employees. Learn about the many career services offered by the AAS, especially those offered onsite at the 231st AAS Meeting. Employers will have a special opportunity to setup a table to meet and greet with attendees.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
1/9/2018 6:30 PM
More of our astronomy colleagues are choosing meaningful careers in industry, and yet very little information trickles back into academia about what those careers are like, what skills transferred from astronomy training, or even how to make the career transition. The lack of solid information and mentoring can make any career path beyond the academy seem daunting. For this sequel to the Beyond the Academy Panel Discussion, our invited speakers from the first session will be joined by recruiters and other astronomers from a wide spectrum of fields for an engaging breakout session on careers outside academia. We will have the speakers introduce themselves and take questions from the audience for 30 minutes. The final 30 minutes will allow the audience to network with individual panelists and recruiters in small groups.
Join us one last time to say farewell to your colleagues until the next time you meet at an AAS Meeting!
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
1/12/2018 5:30 PM