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MAD-AAG 2017 Annual Meeting

November 03 11:30am - November 04, 2017 3:00pm

Hosted by University of Maryland's Department of Geographical Sciences

This year's conference theme,"Challenging Sustainability,” will include diverse sessions and panels that represent MAD-members' current work professionally, academically, and internationally.

Current Nature-Society relationships are in large measure not sustainable—co-dependent environmental and social systems are threatened and in some regards have already been irreversibly impacted. Normatively, contemporary communities of all sizes should cooperate to ensure that fundamental human needs are met intragenerationally, while the earth's life-support systems and its interrelated living organisms are conserved.

Through paper and poster sessions, sharing research and exchanging ideas, a keynote address by Doug Richardson—Exective Director of the AAG, student discussions and informal networking, this year's MAD Conference provides a forum for the region's geography community to address sustainability's challenges on their campuses, within surrounding communities, and in the multiple ways this elusive theme is approached.

All papers and posters on all topics are welcome!

We also invite undergraduate and graduate paper and poster submissions for the 4th annual MAGMA Competition. In parallel to MAGMA, as offered in 2016, this year graduate students can submit their research for the AAG Council Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at a Regional Meeting, ($1000 award).

In addition to welcoming professional and university colleagues, we encourage sessions organized by & aimed toward geographers in secondary education; MAD also encourages contingent instructors to use this event for networking, sharing, and gaining additional supportive resources.

As the MAD Region includes a higher proportion of professional geographers relative to other AAG-Divisions, the MAD-Annual Conference is a particularly vital, regional venue to network and highlight key developments taking place in the discipline in- and outside academia.


***For questions concerning local logistics, parking and public transportation, lunch and accommodations, please contact Martha mgeores@umd.edu and Kelley kelleyo@umd.edu


***For abstract submissions concerning GIScience, mapping, and applied geography, please contact Mike, Michael.R.Ratcliffe@census.gov

***For session questions and thematic inquiries, and general questions, please contact Rebecca rkelly36@jhu.edu and Jeremy JTasch@towson.edu

***For questions concerning the GeoBowl and Maryland's Geographic Alliance, please contact Tracy, TEdwards@frostburg.edu

***For Undergraduate & Graduate Paper Submissions, please send to:

Michael.R.Ratcliffe@census.gov; mgeores@umd.edu; kelleyo@umd.edu; rkelly36@jhu.edu; JTasch@towson.edu


ACCOMMODATIONS: Nearby options include:

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd E, (301) 985-7300

Hampton Inn College Park, 9670 Baltimore Ave, (301) 345-2200

Holiday Inn Washington-College Park, 10000 Baltimore Ave, (301) 345-6700

Quality Inn & Suites, 7200 Baltimore Ave, (301) 276-1000


DAY 1: The Openning Lunch Banquet, November 03, 12:00-1:30, will be held on campus in Lefrac Hall, and will feature Doug Richardson, AAG Executive Director:

“AAG, NSF, and NIH: Three Organizations Collaborating for a Better World"

Paper Sessions I: 1:30 - 3:10

(coffee break 3:15-3:30)

WELCOME TOUR: Department of Geographical Sciences: 3:30 - 4:15

Paper Sessions II: 4:30 - 6:10

Informal Dinner (pay as you go): ~6:30


DAY II: Light Breakfast 9:00 – 10:00

Paper Session III: 10:00 – 11:15

GEOBOWL: 11:45

Boxed Lunch


On behalf of the Department of Geographical Sciences and the MAD Board we all look forward to a terrific MAD conference.

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