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First Time Attendees

Tips For A Great Conference
Mark your calendar for Monday, September 11, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM to join AZA staff and fellow colleagues at the First-time Attendees Meeting to kick-start your AZA Annual Conference inaugural experience.

Know Before You Go
  • Know the AZA Code of Conduct.
  • Conference schedule - study and learn about the daily program options. Expand those horizons, don't just focus on one track! Conference registrants are welcome to attend any sessions and meetings, provided they are not marked "executive session".
  • AZA Meetings and Conferences mobile app - if you have a smartphone, take advantage of our mobile app to plan your agenda. Search AZA Meetings and Conferences in your app store.
  • Pack and prepare for the conference with comfortable shoes, layers, and a notebook.
  • Stay safe - don’t wear your badge outside of the convention center, unless you are at a conference event.
  • If you must the Know Before You Go Webinar, you can watch the recording here.

During The Conference
  • Go to the events! The Icebreaker will take place at the Nationwide Arena, and Zoo Day will take place at the Columbus Zoo. The Nationwide Arena is located downtown and is walkable from all conference hotels, transportation will not be provided. Transportation will be provided to Zoo Day. All other conference happenings take place at the Convention Center.
  • Exhibit Hall - review the floorplan and schedule of activities with exhibitors. Don't be shy! Even if you don't plan to purchase anything, you can learn a lot from the suppliers.
  • Review the roundtable format discussions that are scheduled in the Exhibit Hall. These are offered for smaller, more interactive discussions and open to all attendees.
  • Visit AZA staff at AZA Central, located in the center of the Exhibit Hall. They are available to assist with questions, concerns or just want to see what they look like.
  • Poster Presentations - another opportunity to discuss and meet authors of poster presentations on a variety of topics. Check your Program Guide or App for a full listing
  • Look at attendee badges - and introduce yourself. More than likely the person sitting next to you is just as shy as you are.
  • Make a point to share contact information if you meet someone at the conference. They will remember you and be interested in following up after the Conference to keep in contact. Or, connect with them using the AZA Network.
Take every advantage of being at the Annual Conference! See you in Columbus!