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Upcoming Meeting (2023)

Reflecting on the Past, Imagining the Future, Los Angeles 2022, #AICat50

Conservation in the Age of Environmental, Social, and Economic Climate Change

After holding the 2021 meeting virtually, we are finally headed to Jacksonville, Florida! Join us to celebrate 51 years of meetings!

Save the dates: May 16-20, 2023

  • Pre-sessions: May 16-17
  • Main Sessions: May 18-20 (Thursday-Saturday)

Call for Submissions

  • The call for submissions has ended.
  • Learn how to prepare future abstracts on our Call for Submissions page.


Where

The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront will host our meeting sessions and accommodations.


Registration

Register now for both the in-person and virtual components. Act fast for the Preview rates!


Exhibitors

Connect with your best customers in our exhibit hall. See what Exhibitor Packages we offer for the in-person meeting. 


Program & Schedule

The program and schedule will be available in draft form around November 2022.


Virtual Component

You will be able to attend some sessions virtually. View our Virtual Component page from last year to help you start making your plans for next year.


Theme

Conservation in the Age of Environmental, Social, and Economic Climate Change

Rising global temperatures, international conflicts, political shifts that threaten to erase hard won rights, and a fragile and unbalanced economy. These are some of the issues our organization, our field, and we as individuals are facing right now, and they may seem overwhelming, but as the activist and historian Rebecca Solnit said, “Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act.” Conservation is an inherently hopeful pursuit. We hope through our actions to preserve the legacy of humanity for future generations. We hope through our research and collaborative efforts with source communities to tell richer, more nuanced stories of individuals and cultures. Conservation is also an active pursuit involving treatment, surveys, monitoring, research, development of site use plans, outreach, advocacy, education, and a myriad of other activities.

What actions are we or should we be taking to deal with the many crises facing us:

  • How do we make our field more sustainable and lessen our negative impact on the earth and our environment?
  • How do we protect sites and collections in times of climate crises?
  • How do we need to adapt treatments to changing climatic conditions?
  • How can our field and organization support the transformative movements working to address racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination?
  • How do we adapt to a fluctuating economy and ongoing supply chain issues?

These questions do not have single right answers, and instead give us space to experiment, to try, to perhaps stumble or fail, and to succeed. We hope that by sharing our ideas and approaches and possible solutions to these problems at AIC’s 51st Annual Meeting (May 16 to 20, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, which will also include a virtual component), we will be energized and inspired to continue our efforts on behalf of humanity.