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This year’s annual meeting theme, Stronger Together, could never be more true! With only forty-seven short days, the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting is being transformed from the in-person event we look forward all year, to a new – and vibrant – virtual meeting.

Over 500 members have agreed to present their research and teaching efforts – and Section liaisons built their sessions for a second time. Even more members are participating in the important panelist, discussant, and moderator roles. It seems that in the past we worked together to build a great program. This year everyone has done that – and built the hotel!

These efforts will benefit over 1,300 members who are registered to attend.

The meeting sessions will take on some characteristics of a “flipped” classroom, with content available in advance and the opportunity to interact during the synchronous meeting sessions. The result will be four days of live paper and teaching/education sessions, plenaries, and networking – and over 600 presentations that can be reviewed asynchronously.

This is delivered through two integrated components:

Live Conference Site:

Over 150 research, teaching, and practice-related sessions will be broadcast live.

The Conference on Teaching and Learning is being held concurrently, available to all.

It’s easy to move between sessions in both the Annual Meeting and CTLA.

All sessions will be recorded so you won’t miss anything!

There are opportunities to reconnect with your colleagues:

  • Sections have scheduled events for their members,
  • Exhibitors will be attending – in a 3-D virtual Exhibit Hall,
  • Sponsors will be hosting live events,
  • Evening block parties will be held
  • There is a live Networking Lounge where you can go for face-to-face conversations with colleagues you “bump into” in the breaks (think zoom break out rooms)

Awards: opportunities to honor your colleagues as they receive recognition

Earn up to 20 hours of CPE by responding to at least 3 poll questions during each session

Presentation Gallery:

Over 600 presentations are posted and available to review asynchronously.

Infographic summaries, video overview presentations, abstracts, working papers, and handouts provide multi-dimensional insights into the presentations.

The infographics and videos provide an opportunity for those outside of the academy to become familiar with the research presented – and then to dig into the working papers to learn more.

All submissions receive a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), providing enhanced credentialing and visibility as a scholarly work.

Materials are archived making them citable and shareable after the meeting.


  • Access all sessions for the Annual Meeting and Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA)
  • Live keynotes and sessions identified by segments with discussants and moderated Q&As
  • Section Block Parties to unwind and catch up with colleagues and connect with your community
  • New ways to participate in activities and contribute to the AAA's evolution
  • Up to 24 hours of CPE credits available


  • Reach a wider, global audience through the Presentation Gallery—available to more people for a longer time
  • Presentations receive a DOI (digital object identifier) to increase discoverability and presence
  • Content is fully searchable, citable, and shareable
  • Authors retain the rights to their content
  • Office hours and tech support to help you prepare and feel confident

Registration fees have been reduced to reflect the new virtual model and all of the changes members are experiencing as part of the pandemic impact.

While the AAA held more than 10 webinars in the spring to support faculty taking their classes online (and plans to offer more in the fall), looking to the future, remaining sustainable means meetings being priced to be more reflective of the costs incurred. This decision is made with the growing recognition that virtual meeting components will be a critical part of ongoing meetings – even after we are able to return meeting in person.

Registration fee: The $345 fee (which is reduced $300 from the original fee) takes into account the costs of holding this meeting. We all know that when meetings are virtual there aren’t food and beverage events (you’ll have to provide your own beverage!), so it may seem that there are no significant costs to holding a professional virtual meeting. Stepping back though, true costs of hosting virtual scholarly meetings becomes more clear.

  • Holding a digital meeting is incurring new costs: working with new platform providers with extensive experience working in the sciences to create the gallery - and a professional-grade, online meeting platform with technical assistance in advance of the meeting for presenters, live support for each session to streamline the attendees experience, minimize any technical difficulties, and record sessions for broader, longer-term impact of the time together.
  • As well as the usual costs: Section liaisons, AAA staff, and Section and Region leaders have been working for more than a year on important tasks for the meetings’ success (implementation of the submission and peer review system, planning activities, program development, communications with members, registrations and websites for each, etc.); these activities generate ongoing costs that continue whether future meetings are in person or virtual.

We hope you will join us

Join colleagues for the Annual Meeting and CTLA - help design our future and help presenters strengthen their work. Together, we will experiment and evaluate to redefine AAA meetings for the future. Our goal? That participants agree they were able to grow professionally and interact with colleagues in meaningful ways - and that value exceeds the total cost of the meeting – only $345 – saving on registration, hotel and travel costs. When we meet this goal, we will have the opportunity to engage more members in our meetings, from around the world, enhancing the breadth of their scholarship and strengthening the network of accounting faculty.

This year’s Annual Meeting won't be exactly the same as meetings we've hosted before. This is an opportunity to leverage the power of digital gatherings and improve on the traditional conference model. We're eager to take what we learn from this event and apply it to our future programming.

We're optimistic that how we set ourselves up now will strengthen our community and celebrate and elevate the practice we're so passionate about.

Again, we hope you will join us.