*Conference Suggestions Now Closed*
From Past President Peter Vikesland:
"With AEESP2017 now in the rear-view mirror, we now are in the initial stages of planning for AEESP2019. In Ann Arbor, a key question that was raised by many attendees was how big do we want our biennial conference to be? Staging an event with more than 700 attendees is a logistical challenge and while Michigan was able to do so quite well, it is not clear that many other institutions have sufficient facilities and space to handle such large numbers. In past years, the conference was considerably smaller in scale with a much larger faculty to student ratio. Some have suggested that we tweak the conference to reduce the scale and thus enhance the peer-to-peer conversations that have always been a highlight of the meeting. On the other hand, some suggest that we should continue letting the meeting grow in scale as our community similarly grows. If you have an opinion about the scale of the conference or about things that worked or did not work well in Ann Arbor please let the Board of Directors know so that we can ensure the next biennial meeting is as good as, if not better, than the conferences that preceded it. We want AEESP’s Research and Education Conference to truly be unique, special, and something AEESP members look forward to attending each time."