We’ve had a week to recover from the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Let’s talk about what we thought worked, what didn’t and how we can improve the “Super Bowl of Astronomy”? (Last year’s discussion got 57 comments; this is a topic our community feels strongly about.)
What did our Society do well and what they can improve? How can we as attendees improve the meeting? Did Hack Day work? What should we do about the last day of the meeting? What’s the right balance of career development, networking, and science? Is the AAS meeting a place that does not tolerate abusive behavior (as it aspires to be)? If not, how do we make it one? Are students finding the meeting enjoyable and rewarding? Are they connecting with potential employers? What plenary talks were brilliant, and why? Did the meeting have enough public visibility? How has social media changed the meeting?