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ASA will host the 109th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, August 16-19, 2014.  The Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc55 Wyndham Hotel will serve as the headquarter properties for the meeting. We encourage attendees to arrive earlier or stay later and enjoy San Francisco! 

The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 13th most populous city in the United States.  Many things have changed since ASA last met there in 2009, but the hustle and bustle of this world-renowned destination continue to attract visitors from all parts of the world.  The site of this year's Annual Meeting affords attendees wonderful opportunities to see famous sights, explore culture and arts from high to low, and debate the varied political and social issues bubbling in this premier west-coast city.

This year’s program features an exciting roster of local arrangements representing the work of members from the San Francisco and greater Bay-area. The local arrangements committee, chaired by Sheila Katz (Sonoma State University), has developed a timely, stimulating, and vibrant roster of regional spotlight sessions, tours, and articles for Footnotes.

Regional Spotlight Offerings

View the current roster of Regional Spotlight Sessions and Tours for details on the fascinating topics covered this year. View Program Committee-sponsored Invited Sessions (which includes Regional Spotlight Sessions).

Regional Spotlight Sessions

Regional Spotlight Tours  (coming soon!)

After a day of sessions and meetings, it is time to explore San Francisco. The famous Golden Gate Bridge and the historic Cable Cars are just two of the many sites the city has to offer. Here are just a few attractions not to be missed while in San Francisco:

The surrounding the areas of San Francisco also provide a wealth of activities. If you arrive in the city before the meeting or extend your stay after, consider a visit to Sonoma County or the Napa Valley. 

Sonoma County is located north of San Francisco about a 45 minute drive. It offers visitors more than 50 miles view of the Pacific Coast, ancient redwood forest, oak-covered mountains, and quiet rivers. The county is probably most known as a premium winery designation and is home to the Francis Ford Coppola wine resort.  There are also farm-to-table dinning, rustic areas for outdoor camping, and excursions such as riding in a hot air balloon. For more information visit, (

Napa Valley is considered one of the premier US destinations, with its breathtaking views at every turn, picturesque rolling hills, and vineyards. The county offers its visitors luxury and chic inns and bed & breakfasts. Along with the many vineyards, Napa Valley offers RV parks for camping, farmer’s markets, golfing and bike tours. Visitors can view a cooking demonstration at one of the many culinary institutes or relax and watch nature in one of the many parks.  To learn more about Napa Valley visit, ( .


If you have questions about the Annual Meeting program or the Annual Meeting in general, please email ASA Meeting Services or call (202) 383-9005 ext. 305, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.