Tips for First Time Attendees

Welcome to your first AAS Annual Conference! Attending a conference as eventful as the AAS can be overwhelming, but we are here to help you navigate the program. You'll find some tips below to help make the most of your time in Denver!



Attend the First-Time Attendee Orientation

Be sure to attend the orientation, held Thursday, March 21 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, where AAS staff and leadership will welcome you and answer questions. You will also have the opportunity to meet other first-time attendees and understand how to use the AAS’s onsite resources. An invitation with details will be sent to all first-time attendees closer to the conference dates.

Grab a First-Time Attendee Ribbon

Be sure to grab a ribbon as you check in, so other attendees will know you are a first-timer. Your fellow Asianists are eager to meet you!

Attend Social Functions

The AAS Member Reception is great place to meet old and new friends.  Join us on the evening of Friday, March 22nd for some relaxation and fun.  Check the list of Meetings-in-Conjuctions to see what groups and organizations are hosting social events. If you are a student, don’t miss the Graduate Student Reception held on Thursday evening. 

Let Others Know You’re Here!

The conference is quite large, but you may find that you already know some familiar faces! 

The Annual Conference online program mobile app is the easiest way to have the week’s schedule at your fingertips. In addition to the wealth of content and resources available within the app, you can search for attendees and directly contact them through the app’s messaging platform. The app will be available in February 2019—stay tuned for details!

Also, download a web signature, attend the AAS Member Reception (all attendees are welcomed) on Friday evening, or post a picture to social media and tag #AAS2019!

Presentation Tips

We've provided a link to a few articles and tips on presenting on your session. Feel free to apply these tips as you prepare to present at #AAS2019!

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If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to We look forward to seeing you in Denver!