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Association of Pacific Coast Geographers

APCG 2021: 83rd Annual Meeting

October 14-16, 2021 | San Diego State University | Hybrid

Image of San Diego State University with the dates of the APCG Conference, October 14-16, 2021

The 83rd Annual Meeting is a partnership between the APCG, other AAG Regions, and the Applied Geography Conference and is a component of the AAG Regions Connect: A Joint Climate-Forward Initiative. This year's APCG Conference theme is Geographies of Transition.

We look forward to reconnecting with colleagues and friends, at San Diego State University's Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, and virtually, during this year's conference.

Congratulations to the 2021 APCG Student Paper and Poster Awardees!

  • Meeting Agenda

  • Presenter Information

    For virtual (live) and in-person presentations:

    • Presenter order is the same as listed in the Abstract and Session Galleries. The last person listed is also the session moderator.
    • In-person presenters need to bring their presentations to their session on a USB drive to load to the computer before the session begins. Back-up access (e.g., email, cloud storage, email to session moderator) for your presentation is recommended.
    • Virtual presenters will access the link for the Zoom session via the Session Gallery details pages You will need to log in using the credentials you created when registering for the meeting.
    • Presentation length is 15 minutes, including Q&A.
    • Sessions will be streamed and recorded. Recordings will be available through the meeting platform for 180 days.
    • Session moderators may want to ask someone in the audience or another presenter to monitor the Zoom chat to collect and ask the questions from the virtual audience during the Q&A for each presenter.

    For virtual posters:

    • Log in to your account via, select My Applications from the menu on the left, and upload your poster (ppt, pptx, pdf). You can also upload an audio file to complement your poster. Virtual and in-person poster sessions and judging coincide (Thursday, 10:30-11:45) to encourage attendance at both.

    For in-person posters:

    • On Thursday, Hang your poster either before 9:00 or from 10:15-10:30. The poster session and judging will occur from 10:30-11:45. If possible, please leave your posters until the 3:45-4:00 break or until the Keynote Lecture concludes at 5:15.
    • Recommended poster size is 36” tall x 48” long (landscape orientation). You do not need to submit anything in advance of hanging your poster.
    • Optional: Upload your poster to the conference platform following the instructions listed under "For virtual posters."
  • Program

    Welcome to the APCG 83rd Annual Conference at San Diego State University! All conference events on Thursday and Friday are scheduled at SDSU, in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union (link opens Union map). We are scheduled in the following locations on the 2nd floor: Templo Mayor, Mata'yuum (Tehuanco), Montezuma Lounge, and Montezuma Hall. Several events are scheduled on the 3rd floor terrace.

    Abstract and Session Galleries viewable at Hover over the APCG menu item in the menu banner to present two options – Abstract  and Session Schedule Galleries. You can search for your abstract and session via those options. You can also access all virtual components of regional partners through the same link and process of hovering over the regional partner's name.

    Conference program, including campus and parking maps

    SDSU Visitor Parking Permit information:

    The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Green Line stops at the SDSU Transit Center, next to the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

  • Hotels

    A block of 25 rooms is reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108. The DoubleTree is located at the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Green Line Hazard Center station. The Green Line travels to SDSU as well as to downtown San Diego.

    $175/night, Wednesday, October 13-Saturday, October 15, exclusive of state and local taxes, fees, incidentals, and parking. Overnight self-parking is offered at a discount of $10/night off prevailing rates.

    Please call 800-222-TREE or visit to reserve your room. The room block is reserved under group code AAG. The reservation cut-off date is September 13, 2021. Reservations may be cancelled with no penalty up to 72 hours before check-in. Within the 72 hour window, cancellations will be charged one night room and tax. If a guest does not check-in on their arrival date, a “no-show” fee of one night room and tax will be charged. For hotel amenities and information:

    Other hotels along the San Diego MTS Green Line:

    And many other options walkable to transit stations within downtown San Diego.

  • COVID-19 Policies & Recommendations


    • All attendees who are eligible are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are able, if they have not already. Information is available on the SDSU COVID-19 site on ways to access vaccinations on and off campus. This information should be widely shared.
    • All university employees and students are required to maintain campus clearance in order to attend any university sponsored events or activities,regardless of location.
    • When indoors, do not open all doors and windows in an effort to increase air flow as a safety precaution. The university’s HVAC and filtration systems are most effective when windows and doors are closed and the system is able to filter and circulate air.
    • All attendees will be required to wear face coverings at all times in accordance with the university’s facial covering policy. No group scheduling an event at SDSU may require removal of facial coverings by any or all attendees.

    For attendees who are unvaccinated and required to wear facial coverings while indoors or when outdoors and unable to maintain six feet to distance, facial coverings may be removed immediately before eating and must be
    replaced immediately after.

    In addition, events in Montezuma Hall where attendees will be eating and, therefore, unmasked, will require attendees to be physically distanced and dine 6ft from other attendees.

    SDSU COVID-19 Campus Activities Policy (complete policy)

  • Registration & Abstract Submission
    • APCG Membership, Registration Fees & Add-On Events

      APCG membership Jan 1-Dec 31 2022:

      • Regular $25
      • Contributing $30
      • Student $15
      • Retired $15
      • Joint (must be at the same address as another member) $3


      Hybrid Registration (attend in person with access to all AAG Regions Connect virtual content):
      • Regular $140
      • Graduate Student/Postdoc/Guests $65
      • Undergraduate Student $40
      Virtual Registration (attend online with access to all AAG Regions Connect virtual content):
      • Faculty or Professional $50
      • Graduate Student/K-12 Educator/Postdoc $30
      • Undergraduate Student $20

      Add-On Events:

      Thursday, October 14
      • Graduate Student Luncheon $5
      • Keynote Reception $5
      Friday, October 15
      • Women's Network Luncheon $15 Students/$25 Regular
      • Awards Banquet & APCG Presidential Address $25 Students/$50 Regular
    • Registration

      In order to register for this year's conference, you will be prompted to join or renew your APCG membership for Jan 1-Dec 31, 2022.

      1. Click on the link for the AAG Regions Connect page or copy and paste the link into your browser address bar:
      2. Click on the Register now button.
      3. Select the Pacific Coast San Diego + Virtual option.
      4. Create a log-in and password. You do not need to be an AAG member to register for the APCG conference.
      5. If necessary, navigate back to and log-in with your credentials.
      6. Read through the AAG Event Policies and AAG Professional Conduct Policy then select the checkboxes next to each.
      7. From the dropdown menu, select the registration type. Virtual registrations grants access through the event platform for virtual sessions in all participating regions. Hybrid registration grants access to San Diego in-person sessions and virtual sessions in all participating regions.
      8. Select an APCG membership type.
      9. Select the Add On events you'd like to attend. Please note that due to COVID-19, SDSU catering has requested final counts for all events 14 days in advance. We will not be able to take payment or add people to catered events at the conference.
      10. Select Proceed to checkout and complete the requested payment information.
    • Abstract Submission

      Abstracts are due Sunday, October 3 due to intermittent issues with the AAG website.

      1. Click on the link for the AAG Regions Connect page or copy and paste the link into your browser address bar:
      2. Sign in with your credentials by clicking on the grey AAG LOGIN button.
      3. Hover over APCG in the grey menu bar. A dropdown menu will appear. Select Submit an Abstract.
      4. *Undergraduate & Graduate students - please check the appropriate boxes to submit your application for the APCG Student Paper/Poster competition and/or to be considered for the APCG travel scholarship. You do not need to participate in the paper competition for travel scholarship consideration. Please read the Student Awards & Scholarships section for details.

      *Please note this is only for APCG Student Paper and Poster Awards and Travel Grants-2021.

      Please see the Student Awards & Scholarships section for additional grants and scholarships.

    • Student Awards & Scholarships
      Please review the APCG Grants & Scholarships page at for instructions on how to apply to various travel grants and scholarships.

Meeting Organizers:

  • Liz Ridder, California State University San Marcos,
  • Atsushi Nara, San Diego State University
  • Yolonda Youngs, California State University San Bernardino

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