The Executive Committee of the American Arachnological Society has approved a proposal to offer up to $2,000 grants to AAS members who agree to host the AAS annual meeting. This money can be used to directly support any meeting-related costs including but not limited to:
- Meeting banquet
- Social events
- Breaks during sessions
- Transportation costs
The AAS expects hosts to cover standard meeting expenses through attendee registration costs and encourages hosts to use this grant in ways that will improve the quality of the meeting and the opportunities for networking.
This support is not a loan and the money need not be reimbursed to the AAS treasurer. Because the AAS provides separate grant support for student research and attendance by students and retired arachnologists, the money should not be used for these purposes. The money should also not be used as a stipend for the host or to pay the host or meeting assistants for their work on planning the meeting.
Meeting hosts should contact the treasurer for details.