239th meeting

Health & Safety Information Center

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Salt Lake City, UT
239th meeting of the American Astronomical Society
Salt Lake City, UT
9 – 13 January 2022

AAS 239 & COVID-19

This page has up-to-date information about our plans to protect the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, and on-site staff at the 239th AAS meeting in Salt Lake City. We plan to have an in-person conference but to provide some meeting content virtually as well.

Society leaders and staff are monitoring the ongoing pandemic as well as both national and local public health guidance for large gatherings. The AAS encourages everyone to stay informed about safety measures for travel and gatherings as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For current information on Salt Lake City, visit the Salt Lake City website.

The AAS has been unable to hold an in-person meeting since AAS 235 in January 2020 in Honolulu. We want our members to come together in January 2022 to share progress in the astronomical sciences, but our top priority is health and safety. This means we must have special protocols in place for AAS 239 to ensure everyone’s well-being. 

The Board of Trustees has decided to require full COVID-19 vaccination for all AAS 239 on-site attendees, staff, and support contractors without exception. We are exploring ways to require in-person attendees to show proof of vaccination before registering while protecting privacy. Furthermore, we are working with the conference venue to ensure that local staff supporting our meeting will be uniformly masked.

Those who are not vaccinated and/or who opt not to travel are encouraged to register for the limited virtual meeting platform, which will enable remote participation — at a reduced registration rate — in key aspects of the conference such as plenary talks, iPosters, town halls, and press conferences.

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Housing

AAS selects a wide variety of hotels and negotiates the best possible rates at varying price points. All of our Salt Lake City hotels are walkable from the convention center; public transportation will also be available.

Visit www.rideuta.com or call (801) RIDE-UTA for the latest schedules and fares.

To reserve a room at an AAS hotels, the housing policies, and transportation/travel information, can be found here: https://aas.org/meetings/aas239/plan-your-trip

You do not need to be registered to reserve a hotel room.

Registration

How to Register

  • Registration must be completed online.
  • If registering for the in-person event, verify your vaccination. More information coming soon on how to verify your vaccination status.
  • For those unable to be vaccinated due to disability or sincerely-held religious belief, we encourage you to register for virtual participation. 

Registration Information

Please email reg-help@aas.org if you have any questions about registration.

Two Registration Options For AAS 239

The 239th meeting of the AAS (with the Historical Astronomy and High Energy Astrophysics Divisions) will be pairing an in-person meeting with limited virtual participation in select sessions. You have the choice of either attending the in-person meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, or registering at a discounted rate to gain access to the limited virtual content.

Option 1: Register for the In-Person Event

The 239th meeting of the AAS (with the Historical Astronomy and High Energy Astrophysics Divisions) held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. from January 9 - 13, will be a traditional, though smaller, convention experience featuring in-person oral scientific sessions and a vibrant exhibit hall, plus access to the Slack workspace.

Some modifications and requirements will be in place to create a comfortable, safety-conscious environment for everyone. Proof of vaccination is required to register and masks will be encouraged for all participants onsite. Other safety measures may be implemented as needed, such as a cap on the number of people allowed in rooms, social distancing, onsite, etc. The situation is continuing to evolve, the AAS encourages everyone to stay informed about safety measures for travel and gatherings as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For current information on Salt Lake City, visit the Salt Lake City website.

Your in-person registration includes:

  • Attendance at your choice of Plenary talks, Oral scientific sessions, Town halls,  Splinters and Workshops
  • Admittance to the Exhibit Hall.
  • Attendance at the Opening and Closing Reception.
  • Access to limited virtual content
  • Access to the AAS 239 Slack Workspace, where you will find hundreds of channels discussing the robust science.

Option 2: Register for Virtual Participation

The 239th meeting of the AAS, will feature a limited virtual meeting platform, which will enable remote participation — at a reduced registration rate — in key aspects of the conference. 

Your virtual registration includes:

  • Live Plenary talks
  • select Live Town Halls  
  • Live Press Conferences
  • iPoster Gallery
  • Pre-recorded exhibitor webinars
  • Access to the AAS 239 Slack Workspace, where you will find hundreds of channels discussing the robust science.

 

Vaccination Verification Requirement

All participants at the in-person 239th meeting of the AAS (with the Historical Astronomy and High Energy Astrophysics Divisions) held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah., whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor, will be required to be fully vaccinated.

You must provide proof of vaccination to register for the in-person event.

Verify your vaccination

More information coming soon on how to verify your vaccination status.