The grand event of ESA’s year is the annual meeting, which affords an opportunity for ecologists to get together, to hear the latest from their colleagues, and to conduct society business. Over the years, the date has settled firmly into August (early meetings were in December), and this gathering of ecologists has grown so large that annual meetings are no longer held in conjunction with other organizations. In its formative years, 1915-1946, ESA met with the American Association for the Advancement of Science; later meetings were held with the American Institute of Biological Sciences. The last joint meeting was in 2007, with the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Recent ESA meetings draw thousands of members and have been held in cities across the US – and in Montreal in 2005.

For the full meeting table, including attendance and links to plenary information, see here. An abbreviated version of this information can be found in this post.

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Meeting Attendance

Graph of meeting attendance displaying data found in Meetings Table

Some recent and upcoming annual meetings

101st Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 7-12, 2016

Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene

100th Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD, August 9-14, 2015 Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial

99th Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA, August 10-15, 2014 From Oceans to Mountains: It’s All Ecology

minn2polis201398th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, August 4-9, 2013
Sustainable Pathways: Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future

logo201297th Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, August 5-10, 2012

Life on Earth: Preserving, Utilizing, and Sustaining Ecosystems

austin201196th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, August 7-12, 2011

Earth Stewardship: Preserving and enhancing the earth's life-support systems

See ESA for future meetings and more past meetings.