Registration

Thank you for your interest in the AAFCS Annual Conference in Baltimore!  Registration will open in early 2020--stay tuned for more information and learn about rates and deadlines below.

Registration Deadlines

Early-Bird Deadline: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Advance Deadline: Monday, June 1st, 2020

On-Site Online Registration Deadline: Monday, June 15th, 2020

Registration will also be open on-site. We encourage you to register online ahead of time to save time in Baltimore!

Registration Rates

Full Registrations: 

All Full Registrations include the Friday Welcome Reception and Saturday luncheon. More information coming soon! 

Early-Bird Registration--Deadline April 15th
Member: $439
Nonmember: $549
Student: $184

Advance Registration--Deadline June 1st
Member: $549
Nonmember: $659
Student: $224

On-Site Online Registration--Deadline June 15th (You may still register in Baltimore at these rates)
Member: $649
Nonmember: $759
Student: $244

One-Day Registrations: 

Early Bird/Advance Rates: 
Saturday One-Day Registration
(includes Saturday luncheon): $285
Sunday One-Day Registration (no meals included): $255

On-site (online and in person) Rates: 
Saturday One-Day Registration (includes Saturday luncheon): $310
Sunday One-Day Registration
(no meals included): $280

Other Types of Registration: 

Family/Guest Registration (includes Saturday luncheon; may only be purchased with a full or one-day registration)*: $99

*ALL presenters, including poster presenters and participants in the Apparel, Textiles, and Design Juried Showcase and Curriculum Showcase, must purchase a full or one-day registration and do not qualify for Family/Guest registrations.




Photo Policy

By registering for the AAFCS Annual Conference, attendees hereby agree to allow AAFCS to use any photos taken of them during the conference in news media, social media, website, publications, articles, marketing pieces, etc.

Wellness Waiver

In order to attend the AAFCS Annual Conference, you must agree to the waiver below when you register. There will be a waiver release question on the first page of the registration form

I acknowledge that I may participate in one or more of the fitness events that the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) will hold at the AAFCS Annual Conference from June 26th-28th in Baltimore, Maryland! 

I acknowledge and agree that my participation in these events is of my own free will. I agree that I assume all risks associated with my participation in this activity. 

I recognize that these events may involve physical activity. I hereby affirm that I am in good physical condition and do not suffer from any known disability or condition which would prevent or limit my participation in this event. Alternatively, I agree not to participate in these activities if I am not in good health or cannot safely participate.

As lawful consideration for my being allowed to participate in this activity, I agree to release, indemnify, protect and hold harmless AAFCS, and AAFCS’s officers, directors, trustees, agents, and employees from any and all losses, damages, claims, demands, causes of action, judgments, or liabilities whatsoever (including, but not limited to, all damages related to any personal injury, property damage, court costs, and attorneys’ fees) resulting from or related in any way to my participation in this activity.

I hereby release, waive, and forever discharge AAFCS, and AAFCS’s officers, directors, trustees, agents, and employees from any and all claims, causes of action or liabilities, of any nature whatsoever, which result from any personal injuries, property damages, or other liabilities sustained arising from my participation in this activity.

I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS WAIVER AND RELEASE FORM AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENTS.  I AM AWARE THAT THIS WAIVER AND RELEASE FORM CONTAINS A RELEASE FROM LIABILITY AND I HAVE AGREED TO IT OF MY OWN FREE WILL.

This waiver applies to any additional registrants added to the primary registration as a family member or guest.

Code of Conduct 

AAFCS Code of Conduct

The AAFCS Annual Conference aims to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, and religion.

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in the AAFCS Annual Conference, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We expect all participants in the AAFCS Annual Conference  to create a safe and positive experience for everyone.

“Participant” in this policy refers to anyone present at the AAFCS Annual Conference, including staff, contractors, vendors, exhibitors, hotel and AV staff, speakers, AAFCS leadership, and all attendees.


Expected Behavior

We expect all participants at the AAFCS Annual Conference  to abide by this Code of Conduct in all venues, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings.

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Alert AAFCS staff or leadership if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Anti-Harassment Policy, even if they seem inconsequential.


Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include but are not limited to

  • intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech or actions by any participants in the AAFCS Annual Conference, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of the AAFCS Annual Conference. AAFCS event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
  • harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, age, appearance, political beliefs, or other personal characteristics
  • inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides)
  • deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • harassing photography or recording
  • inappropriate disruption of talks or other events
  • unwelcome and uninvited attention or conduct
  • physical assault (including unwelcome touch or groping)
  • real or implied threat of physical harm
  • real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm
  • possession or use of any illegal drug, narcotic or banned substance
  • possession or use of any item defined as a weapon, illegal or not

Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, and similar activities are also subject to the Code of Conduct. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing, uniforms, or costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, transphobic, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive “jokes” are not appropriate for the AAFCS Annual Conference.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any participant at the AAFCS Annual Conference will not be tolerated.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AAFCS may take any action they deem appropriate, including removal from the AAFCS Annual Conference  (without refund) at which the harassment occurred. Egregious violations will result in more severe sanctions.

If You Are Subject to or Witness Unacceptable Behavior

If you are being harassed, notice someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the AAFCS staff immediately or report through the anonymous online reporting form, available on the AAFCS AC website and in the app. Staff can be found at the registration desk, or wearing navy STAFF ribbons. You may also contact Sara Tantillo, Associate Director, Events & Outreach, by email at stantillo@aafcs.org, or through the conference app.

ALL reports are confidential.

If possible, provide the following information, preferably in writing:

  • Identifying information (name, appearance, role) of the participant who has committed an offense
  • The approximate time of the behavior
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Other people involved in or witnessing the incident

The staff are trained on how to deal with the incident and how to further proceed with the situation.

If needed or requested, staff will help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the AAFCS Conference. No one will be contacted without the permission of the person who was harassed/assaulted. If requested, staff will provide a full refund (minus ticketed events already attended) to anyone who has been harassed or assaulted so that they may process the event in their own space.

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Anti-Harassment Policy and Code of Conduct, you should notify AAFCS with a concise description of your grievance, by email to stantillo@aafcs.org or via the online reporting tool.


Policy developed based on information from Smarts Consulting

Audio Visual Information

All presenters will be provided with an LCD Projector if it is requested. AAFCS does not provide laptop computers or any other AV equipment other than a screen, cart, and microphone if deemed necessary. You will be able to rent other equipment from the AV company with which AAFCS is contracting. The AV form will be posted in the spring--please make sure to check back!

Please contact annualconf@aafcs.org with any questions.