American Astronomical Society Launches New Website
Hua Liu, American Astronomical Society (AAS)
Welcome to the newly redesigned aas.org! With a fresh look and feel and an intuitive design, our new website exemplifies the AAS’s mission to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe. Moreover, it showcases the impact the Society has made since its founding in 1899.
Designed by Happy Cog, an award-winning web-design, development, and user-experience consultancy, aas.org not only has a new face, but also a new brain. The site operates on an upgraded content management system packed with performance-enhancing features, affording a more robust and efficient process for site maintenance, in turn enabling the AAS staff to better serve our members.
The new site translates the AAS corporate branding into a digital world that uses animation to “reveal” content and add subtle richness. By displaying both full-color and blue-filtered images and incorporating interactive features, we hope to bring you a more vibrant site and enhance your AAS experience. Icons are introduced into the new website’s visual library to indicate different types of functionality and to point the way to different types of information.
Fully optimized for mobile devices, the new site allows you to learn more about what we do, how we do it, and the ways you can get involved, whether you’re at your desk or on the move.
New Meetings Portal
Meetings play an important role in advancing science and fostering communities of scientists, and the AAS has organized scientific conferences since its very founding. One of the biggest enhancements to the site is the special visual treatment and additional layer of navigation on our meetings pages. Together these provide clear pathways to specific meeting details and facilitate easier engagement with registration, abstract submission, and other activities.
Our new website brings all our Committees together in one location, making it easier to discover more about the various committees and working groups. To better support the volunteers who serve on our diversity committees, as well as to better showcase the important work they’re doing, we’re incorporating these committees’ websites into the new aas.org. Thus you will now be able to more easily find the webpages of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy, Committee for Sexual-Orientation & Gender Minorities in Astronomy, and Working Group on Accessibility and Disability.
A new AAS Job Register will be released by the end of 2019 to better align with the overall AAS brand and style guide.
We invite you to explore the new aas.org and to share any input you have using the site’s feedback form.