First Time Attendees
Tips For A Great Conference
Good things to know when attending the Annual Conference:
- Mark your calendar for Monday, September 24, 3:30 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.
- Study the schedule and learn about all the program options available each day--don't just focus on one track! Conference registrants are welcome to attend any education sessions and meetings, provided they are not marked "executive session".
- Go to the events! The Icebreaker will take place at the Seattle Aquarium and the Zoo Day happens at the Woodland Park Zoo. Transportation will be provided to the Icebreaker and Zoo Day. All other conference happenings take place at the Washington State Convention Center.
- 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.
- If you have a smartphone, take advantage of the Annual Conference mobile app and free Wi-Fi to plan your agenda. Search: AZA Conferences. The option to have a printed program guide and schedule-at-a-glance will still be available.
- Review the Exhibit Hall Floorplan and schedule of activities with exhibitors. Even if you don't plan to purchase anything, you can learn a lot from the suppliers so don't be shy!
- 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 and attend the Poster Reception on Wednesday, September 26.
- Tips from veteran Annual Conference attendees:
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Dress in layers – the convention center stays cold
- You don't need to bring a water bottle this year because they will be provided to attendees (thanks Torre Design Consortium, Ltd.!)
- Always travel with your health insurance card and id
- Stay safe - don’t wear your badge outside of the convention center, unless you are at a conference event.
- Look at attendee badges - and introduce yourself. More than likely the person sitting next to you is just as shy as you are.
- Know the AZA code of conduct.
- 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 contact. Or, connect with them using the AZA Network.