2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be in San Diego, CA, November 23-26. Register Now!

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: November 15, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019


2017 Post Annual Meeting Survey Narrative

2017 Annual Meeting Survey Results

Last November, the AAR joined with SBL to host their 2017 Annual Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts. In attendance were 10,249 AAR and SBL members and exhibitors, an 8% increase from the 2016 San Antonio Annual Meeting.

A total of 1,374 AAR, SBL, and Additional Meetings sessions occurred during the five-day time period from Thursday, November 16, to Tuesday, November 21. AAR hosted 505 sessions.

Responses to the post-Annual Meeting survey reflect generally positive experiences by the members in attendance. Survey results are posted online (PDF). 92 percent of survey respondents thought the 2017 Annual Meeting was a satisfactory or very satisfactory experience. Satisfaction with sessions was high: 96 percent of survey respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality. The opportunity to network with other colleagues also received high marks: 98 percent reported satisfaction. Respondents rated the Boston Annual Meeting location favorably, giving positive feedback about its hotel facilities (96 percent) and meeting room space (87 percent).

The Annual Meeting attracted attendees from around the world: 75 nationalities were represented. Canadians made up the largest international group with 439 attendees, followed by the United Kingdom (360), Germany (214), Australia (104), Israel (95), Norway (79), the Netherlands (70), South Africa (54), Switzerland (50), Sweden (47), and Finland (41). Home-state Massachusetts was the best-represented state in 2017 with 835 attendees, followed by California (762), New York (564), Texas (496), Illinois (442), Pennsylvania (379), and North Carolina (321).

Satisfaction with the registration and housing process was high: 97 percent of respondents rated the process positively. The peak hotel night was Saturday, November 18, with almost 5,000 hotel rooms in use. Overall around 20,000 room nights were occupied during the meeting.

The Annual Meeting Satisfaction Survey is sent via e-mail to all Annual Meeting attendees at the conclusion of each meeting and is offered online at the AAR website. The number of responses this year was 1,146, which represents about 23 percent of those AAR and dual members who were sent the survey. Respondents did not answer each question, so the values were measured from the number of respondents who did. The survey is voluntary and open to all attendees. The Executive Office staff would like to thank everyone who participated in the post-Annual Meeting survey. It continues to be valuable to the Annual Meeting process, for it provides the AAR’s Program Committee, Board of Directors, and Executive Office staff with an important measure of member satisfaction. We value this opportunity to hear your comments and suggestions on how we can continue to meet your needs and to offer an excellent meeting.