Pittsburgh Symposium that will take place on June 25th-28th 2015.
The Pittsburgh symposium webpages are up and running and the “Early Bird” registration period is open. By one measure, the selection of Pittsburgh as our host city was a difficult decision because the other finalists, Cleveland and Columbus, also presented us with very attractive proposals. Following three successive years in which the symposium was held in corners of the U.S., we are pleased to bring it back to where nearly half of all AAW members are within a single day’s drive. Holding an international event during the summer in the Mid-Atlantic region presented the reality of higher operating costs. Pittsburgh is a high-demand setting for summer conference business. For this reason, we have increased the general registration fee to $325 for the “Early Bird” registration period (until May 22nd). Setting registration fees at this level will ensure that we can confidently cover the higher operating and site services costs, as well as allow us to expand programming and add to the number of rotations to accommodate expected historically high attendance levels.
After a thorough review of considerations surrounding the offer of free symposium registration for chapter officers, it has been decided not to continue this for Pittsburgh. While this offer was generally well received by those who took advantage of it at the 2014 Phoenix symposium, the overall financial performance of the symposium did not meet expectations. Therefore, the AAW board and staff decided that the offer was not sustainable beyond Phoenix. All current information about the Pittsburgh symposium, including a list of invited demonstrators, hotel reservations, and symposium registrations is now live on the AAW website.