AIHA Connect 2024 is one of the best opportunities for IH/OEHS professionals to learn the latest research and techniques, network with peers, and dive deeper into issues affecting the profession and the workers we protect. But we also know it can be overwhelming (even intimidating) to tackle this conference for the first time – and perhaps by yourself! That’s why we designed this quick info guide for you. Have more detailed questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions and see if the answer you seek is there.
1. What opportunities are available for me during the conference?
AIHA Connect offers you opportunities to learn, network, explore career opportunities, and have fun, all in one stop! To highlight the major features available for first-timers, we've created a Journey Map to help you pick and choose the aspects most important to you.
2. Is there anything on the schedule exclusively for first-timers?
We will have a webinar specifically for our first-time attendees, typically within a few weeks of conference (this year, it's scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET). We'll talk you through what to expect, what to prepare and pack, how to select sessions appropriate for your goals, and more!
Additionally, we will hold a meet and greet on the Monday morning of the conference, May 20 at 6:30 a.m. ET, to provide an opportunity to network with other first-timers and plan your AIHA Connect experience!
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3. When should I arrive in Columbus?
The actual conference dates of AIHA Connect 2024 are Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 22. Professional Development Courses (PDCs) are offered on Saturday, May 18; Sunday, May 19; and Thursday, May 23. PDCs require separate registration and an additional fee.
Registration and badge pick-up opens Friday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, for those arriving for weekend PDCs.
4. When should I depart Columbus?
Conference educational content ends on Wednesday, May 22 at 4:45 p.m. Thursday PDCs are offered as half-day (morning) and full-day sessions on May 23.
5. Are there any additional events I can sign up for?
PDCs: Professional Development Courses provide a deeper dive into educational content before and after the conference. All PDCs require separate registration and an additional fee. We are pleased to offer PDCs in formats to suit all participation types: in-person or virtual. When you begin your registration, you'll be asked to select your attendance method (in-person or virtual).
AIHF Fun Run/Walk: Join your colleagues in a friendly competition during the 37th annual Fun Run/Walk. Prizes are available for different age groups and all funds raised support the AIHF. Veteran tip: Not a runner? Haven’t trained? Not sure you are up for 3.1 miles? You can walk or sleep in too!
6. How can I edit or add to my registration (or change my registration type from in-person to virtual or vice versa)?
You can edit or add to your conference registration by logging back into the AIHA Connect 2024 registration site using the email you used to register. To switch your registration type from in-person to virtual or vice versa, email email@example.com with your request.
Additional resources for the first-time attendee
- 7 Tips for Attending a Conference Alone (And Having A Good Time)
- How to Network at a Conference – 21 of The Best Networking Tips For Your Next Business Conference
- How Introverts Can Make the Most of Conferences
- 5 Tips to Networking at Conferences as an Introvert
- The Two Most Valuable Skills You Can Develop to Network Successfully
- Tedx Talks: 7 Ways to Make a Conversation With Anyone
- Tedx Talks: The Skill of Self Confidence