Special Events

Seattle will be a memorable setting for the 2011 AFS Annual Meeting. The planned social events will provide numerous opportunities for refreshing and strengthening professional and personal relationships, and establishing new ones. The AFS Planning Committee is arranging for you to experience the best of Seattle. These social events are included in your registration fees. Your registration badge will be required for entrance to all Socials, except the Sunday Welcome Social.

Welcome to Seattle Social,
Sunday, September 4th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Sheraton Hotel, Grand Ballroom

Kick the week off right at the Welcome Social in the Sheraton Hotel ballroom.  Arrive in Seattle the weekend prior to the meeting and take Sunday afternoon to tour the City or enjoy Seattle’s biggest music festival, Bumbershoot! Spend Sunday evening catching up with old friends and making new ones, and find out where in the world all our conference attendees hail from.  Join us for a sustainable seafood extravaganza that reflects the variety and abundance of Pacific Northwest and Alaskan seafood, with menus reflecting the famed sustainable recipes of National Geographic Fellow, Chef Barton Seaver. Come for great food and beverages, lots of conversation with friends, and a fun-filled session of Swing Dance (including instructions!!). Why swing dancing?  Well, can you keep a secret? (((We’re preparing for a Wednesday night  AFS Swing Fish Flash Mob…aka Splash Mob… to be held at the Westlake Center PRIOR TO the Wednesday Night Social…shhhhhh)))  This Welcome Social isn’t one you’ll want to miss. It will be a fun way to dive straight into a fantastic AFS conference in Seattle.

Trade Show and Poster Social
Monday, September 5th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
WSCC, Room 4 E

The Tradeshow and Poster social on Monday, September 5th is certain to be one of the largest poster and tradeshows at an AFS conference ever. You’ll have an opportunity to see some outstanding scientific research presented via 500 posters with authors on hand to discuss their work. See state of the art fishery and environmental science technology and other tools of the trade, and visit with vendors at 105 booths. The evening will close with a rousing, world-class live auction with fantastic items, all in support of future AFS student travel.  All these activities will be enhanced by food and beverages that are sure to stimulate both sides of the brain!…..

Student Career Fair & Social
Tuesday, September 6th, 5:30– 7:30 PMSeattle Aquarium

Catch a shuttle from the WSCC to Seattle’s famed waterfront or take a short walk down Pike Street to the party exclusively for students at the Seattle Aquarium!  Come see who might be hiring at the Student Career Fair and stay for the party at the Student Social.  The whole aquarium will be exclusively set for students only from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The Career Fair will be hosted from 5:30 to 7:30 for students and later at 7:30 to 8:30 for AFS general attendees.  This night is proudly co-hosted by the AFS Student Subsection and HTI.  Bring your appetite early in the evening for a free student-only dinner and freely tour Seattle’s world-class aquarium.  In the background, HTI will show real-time demos of the latest in acoustic telemetry and hydroacoustic echo sounding technology in the aquarium tanks to watch while everyone enjoys one great Seattle night.  Come for the connections, to hang out with fellow students, for the great food, the live local music, and to watch the diversity of aquatic life in the Pacific Northwest.  Student tickets and info can be found in their registration packets.

HTI’s Fish Fest! Social
Tuesday, September 6th
7:30 to 10:30 PM

After 7:30 PM, the party opens up to all AFS attendees by reserved ticket. (Here’s where you can easily reserve your ticket!)  Attendees are welcome to enjoy full access to the Seattle Aquarium; to make a connection or two at the Career Fair from 7:30 to 8:30; to watch the Olympic Mountains off the Seattle Aquarium pier during the best time of the year here; see the latest in fisheries technology in real-time; listen and dance to live local music; and did we mention?…the first drink is on us. We want to make sure all AFS Attendees have a chance to enjoy the Seattle Aquarium (which has a full capacity of 2,000 guests at a time) so don’t forget to reserve your ticket!

Grand ‘Space Needle’ Progressive Social
Wednesday, September 7th, 5:30 – 11:30 PM
Space Needle & Experience Music Project

The AFS 2011 Grand Social will be held at two adjacent Seattle icons. This night is all about the best of Seattle. Start the evening off with a 2-block stroll from the host hotel through Westlake and board the iconic Monorail for a brief trip to the evening’s events. On your stroll enjoy some of Seattle’s world-famous buskers providing various forms of entertainment (bring some spare change!). Then relax on the Seattle Center grounds, hear more buskers, visit the famous International Fountain and join other colleagues and guests for a world-class Pacific Northwest salmon barbecue under the world-famous Space Needle. You will have access to the top of the Space Needle that evening or later in the week. Then finish the evening at the adjoining Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum where you can tour the exhibits, continue to socialize, and hear two great Seattle-based bands play live music.

Good-Bye Seattle, Hello Twin Cities Social
Thursday, September 8th , 5:30 – 9:30
WSCC, Ballroom 6E

You will not want to go home early, as a unique capstone event awaits you on the final night of the AFS Annual Meeting. After a full day of technical sessions on Thursday, relax and enjoy some great food, friends, music, and art. Award winning sustainable sushi chef Bun Lai ( interview on right ) will speak about what the cuisine of sushi will look like in the future when it becomes a more planet-friendly one. You will experience the future of sushi; made with hyper local sustainably farmed or caught ingredients. This event will serve as the world premiere of his newest sustainable sushi menu and you will have the opportunity to experience his famed paradigm shifting recipes. Brace yourself for a one of a kind gustatory ride! Then Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers will round out the evening with a mixed media extravaganza of fishy art and music. Visit trollart.com to see more of Ray’s artwork and music. This will be an awesome good-bye to Seattle and a fantastic way to build momentum to next year’s AFS meeting in the Twin Cities.