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American Arachnological Society

2021 Virtual Meeting

June 24 to July 1


In lieu of a 2021 in person meeting, we are happy to invite you to the second (and hopefully last!) all virtual annual meeting of the American Arachnological Society.

The Society will host a Virtual Conference between Thursday June 24 - Thursday July 1. A Keynote address by Maydianne Andrade and the announcement of the recipient of the first Norman Platnick Award will open the meeting on the evening of the 24th. Events (schedule) will include three exciting plenary talks by Mercedes Burns, Lauren Esposito, and Ivan Magalhães; oral and poster presentations; a panel discussion and workshop on actions we can take to dismantle racism and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in arachnology; a public talk about arachnids by Jillian Cowles; a virtual bioblitz and workshops on collecting arachnids, photography, and online identification communities; two movie nights; happy hours; and a festive event at the end.


  • General inquiries: Greta Binford (binford@lclark.edu) and Brian Patrick (membership@americanarachnology.org)
  • Scientific programming: Sarah Stellwagen (sarah.stellwagen@gmail.com)
  • Ancillary programming: Catherine Scott (Catherine.elizabeth.scott@gmail.com) or Sebastian Echeverri (echeverri.sa@gmail.com)

Organizing Committee

  • Greta Binford
  • Sebastian Echeverri
  • Catherine Scott
  • Sarah Stellwagen
  • Rich Bradley
  • Brian Patrick
  • Paula Cushing


Registration will be open until June 14, 2021, 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The abstract submission deadline is May 17, 2021. We invite members and non-members to attend the 2021 AAS Virtual Meeting. Registration is 20 USD for all attendees. If this cost is prohibitive, the registration fee can be waived. If you wish to donate funds to help cover the cost of registration for other attendees, you can use the donation payment option below.

To register to attend the meeting there are two steps:

(1) Fill out the registration form by clicking the button below


(2) Pay your registration fee by clicking the paypal button below

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Registration fee per participant: $20.00
Registration fee includes access to all online events.


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Abstract submission

If you wish to present a talk or poster, please also fill out the abstract submission form by clicking the button below. The abstract submission form will be open until May 17, 2021.

Abstract submission form closed.

Schedule of Events (all times listed in EDT, subject to minor changes)


Thursday, June 24

Welcome, Keynote by Maydianne Andrade and Announcement of the Platnick Award (7:00 - 9:00 pm)


Friday, June 25

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Panel Discussion & Workshop (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Arachnid Collecting Workshop (2:00-2:30 pm)

Online Arachnid Identification Communities & Resources Workshop & Discussion (focus on Bugguide, iNaturalist, & Facebook) (2:30 - 4:30 pm)

Movie Night: "Maratus" (9:00 - 10:00 pm)


Saturday, June 26

Virtual Arachnid Bioblitz (all day)

Arachnid Photography Workshops (basics & advanced techniques) (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Arachnid Q&A Livestream (3:00 - 4:00 pm)

Movie Night: "Sixteen Legs" (9:00 - 10:00 pm)


Sunday, June 27

Virtual Arachnid Bioblitz (all day)

Public Talk by Jillian Cowles (11 am - 12 pm)

Live Poster Session(s) (TBA, between 12:00 and 7:00 pm)

Casual Night with Arachnids (8:00 - 10:00 pm)


Monday, June 28

Plenary talk (11:15-11:45 am)

Contributed Talks (11:45 am - 5:15 pm)

Happy Hour Discussions 1 (8:00 - 10:00 pm)


Tuesday, June 29

Plenary talk (11:15-11:45 am)

Contributed Talks (11:45 am - 5:15 pm)

Happy Hour Discussions 2 (8:00 - 10:00 pm)


Wednesday, June 30

Plenary talk (11:15-11:45 am)

Contributed Talks (11:45 am - 5:15 pm)

Closing “Banquet” (8:00 - 10:00 pm)