Call for Papers

Important Announcement: The submission deadline for the upcoming 2021 Meeting has been extended to Wednesday, August 26th and the late fee has been waived. Please submit your workshop or open session proposal as soon as possible.

Based on member feedback, AIA and SCS have decided that it would be best to spread our virtual meeting over six days from January 5 -10, 2021. We plan on opening registration on or around October 1, 2020 and will publish registration rates by early September. We have begun work on a schedule and appreciate your patience as we continue to work on the logistics and program.

The 122nd Annual Meeting was scheduled to take place January 7-10 at the Hilton Chicago.  The first deadline for submissions was is applicable to all colloquia, any joint AIA/SCS sessions, and any open-session submissions needing an early decision to acquire a visa or obtain funding.

We strongly encourage submitters to review the documents below as changes have been made in recent years. Please note that all submissions must be made using the online forms. The submission deadlines are:

  • Sunday, April 5th (NO ADMIN FEE): For all colloquia, any joint AIA/SCS sessions, and any open-session submissions needing an early decision to acquire a visa or obtain funding.
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020 (NO ADMIN FEE): For workshops, open session paper and posters submissions, and any provisionally accepted colloquia and workshops that are resubmitting.
  • Sunday, November 15, 2020: This deadline is applicable to all Lightning Session and Roundtable submissions.

Changes for the 2021 Annual Meeting

Online Submission Forms

General Info

  • Deadlines for Submission
  • Evaluation and Notification

Session Formats and Procedures

  • Organized Sessions
    • Colloquium
    • Joint AIA/SCS Colloquium
    • Workshops
  • Open Sessions
    • Paper Session
    • Field Reports Sessions
    • Poster Sessions
    • Lightning Session
  • Roundtable Session

Abstract Editing and Publication

Audiovisual Equipment


  • Graduate Student Travel Funds
  • Nonresident Presenter Travel Funds
  • Poster Session Subsidies


  • Graduate Student Paper Award
  • Poster Awards

Submission/Presentation Policies

  • Enforcement of Submission Deadline
  • Permissions Requirements
  • Membership Requirement
  • Waiver of Membership Requirement
  • Registration Requirement
  • Presenter Attendance Requirement
  • Ethical Standards Requirement
  • Permission to Present Materials
  • Language of Submissions/Presentations
  • Number of Submissions/Presentations
  • Number of Roles

Contact Information

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