Networking Opportunities


Networking opportunities at the AIR Forum are designed to help you engage with current colleagues and meet new contacts. Respondents to a previous AIR Forum survey said networking was the #2 reason they attend the conference! 

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, May 26; 4:45–6:45 p.m.

Get started on your networking early this year with the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Explore a map of the Exhibit Hall in the app, visit the sponsor booths, play the app game and enjoy activities, entertainment, and light refreshments to enhance your networking experience.  


Dinner Groups

Tuesday, May 26; 6:45 p.m.

Dinner groups hosted by AIR members provide additional opportunities for networking and are scheduled for Tuesday, May 26. Anyone can organize a dinner group, and AIR staff will help with location suggestions and reservations. Dinner groups meet outside the Exhibit Hall. Groups can then walk together to pre-arranged locations. Dinner groups are optional, and attendees pay for their own meals at the restaurant.

More information will be available in the conference app in May. 


Networking Reception Hosted by the AIR Board of Directors

Wednesday, May 27; 4–5 p.m.

Join us in the Exhibit Hall for a re-energizing reception featuring activities and healthy refreshments. Network with colleagues, meet the AIR Board of Directors and staff, and visit with our sponsors to learn how to improve the effectiveness of your office with the newest tools, techniques, software, products, and services. 

Morning Yoga Classes 

Wednesday, May 27; 6–7 a.m. 

Thursday, May 28; 6–7 a.m. 

Don’t let travel throw you off your fitness game! Re-energize with morning yoga classes provided by Swan River Yoga, who says the practice of yoga brings immediate relief of stress, better sleep, and increased strength and flexibility. 


Lunch Breaks and Poster Presentations

Wednesday, May 27; 12:15–1:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 28; 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Extend your networking during lunch by visiting our sponsor booths in the Exhibit Hall. Learn about the latest tools and services for IR and related fields and gain new partners for success. Also, take a moment to explore the Poster Presentations, set up to visually communicate the purpose, research approach, data sources, and outcomes of a scholarly or applied research project/study. 


Coffee Break

Thursday, May 28; 8:45–9:45 a.m.

Enjoy a complimentary coffee break in the Exhibit Hall. Network with colleagues and visit with our sponsors to learn how to improve the effectiveness of your office with the newest tools, techniques, software, products, and services. 


Farewell to Our Sponsors / Refresh Break

Thursday, May 28; 1–2 p.m.

Enjoy a complimentary refreshment break to thank our sponsors and close the Exhibit Hall. 


Social Media

Take networking online and interact with fellow attendees through #AIRForum threads. Here are some social media tips:

  • Include the hashtag #AIRForum in all conference-related posts.
  • Mention the hashtag during other networking opportunities and encourage attendees to live-post their thoughts! 
  • Share your social media handles so networking can continue, even after the conference.
  • Connect with AIR on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook

Conference App

  • Connect with other attendees, presenters, and sponsors on the AIR Forum conference app!
  • Schedule one on one meetings with attendees or sponsors.
  • Post to the activity feed and like other attendees' posts.
  • Play the app game to help facilitate conversations with sponsors.
  • Share your feedback by taking surveys and answering poll questions.