Association of American Geographers
The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is a non-profit scientific and educational society aimed at advancing the understanding, study, and importance of geography and related fields. Its headquarters are located at 1710 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. The organization was founded on 29 December 1904 in Philadelphia, USA, and was amalgamated with the American Society of Professional Geographers on 29 December 1948 in Madison, Wisconsin. Currently, the association has more than 10,000 members from over 60 countries. AAG members are geographers and related professionals who work in the public, private, and academic sectors.
The Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer are the association's flagship journals. The AAG also publishes a monthly newsletter that contains reflections on programs and issues of concern in society of a geographic nature, a jobs column, and accomplishments and innovations of AAG members. The AAG additionally publishes the Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas, a description of programs in higher education in North and South America that offer a geography degree, a geography certificate program, and/or geography courses.
The AAG has over 60 specialty or affinity groups, voluntary associations of AAG members who share interests in regions or topics. Specialty groups have long provided a way for geographers with specific interests to collaborate and communicate. The AAG offers Knowledge Communities, a set of online tools for collaboration.
For over a century, the AAG has held an annual meeting for the geography community. In recent years, this conference has attracted between 7,000 and 8,000 attendees. It offers upwards of 4,000 papers and presentations on topics as diverse as soil moisture, climate change, population dynamics, political instability, sustainable agriculture, natural hazards, and technologies such as geographic information systems. Hands-on workshops on methods and technological tools are an important part of these meetings. The annual meetings also offer an extensive exhibit hall featuring publishers, technology companies, universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Field trips are offered in the diverse locations that these conferences are held.
The Annual Meetings are held in February, March, or April each year. The AAG also sponsors fall meetings, typically in each region that are occupied by regional divisions. These regional divisions typically are groupings of several states in the United States, such as "Great Plains/Rocky Mountain" and "West Lakes".
To effectively advance geography in society requires partnerships. The AAG has a long history of fruitful partnerships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private industry. These include the National Council for Geographic Education, the United States Geological Survey, the National Institutes of Health, and others.