Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting
AERA 2021 Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Designed with the attendee user experience very much in mind, the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting will be a dynamic experience that provides for synchronous and asynchronous sessions, interactive paper presentations, workshop and professional development courses, plus networking and meet-up opportunities that can accommodate informal gatherings, receptions, and events. Most sessions will be offered in real time (plus on-demand viewing later). An exhibit area will provide for meeting times with publishers and others. AERA aims to deliver a virtual meeting with a structure that supports researchers at all career levels and areas of specialty who seek to present their work and connect in a vibrant convening space.

Register now and join thousands of scholars from education research and aligned fields and disciplines in the 2021 AERA Virtual Meeting April 8-12 and select from over 2,200 sessions featuring high quality and timely education research.

How to Register

1. Login.
2. Click My AERA at the top of the page.
3. On the My AERA page, scroll down to the 2021 Annual Meeting.
4. Click 2021 Annual Meeting - Register Now!

If you do not have 2021 AERA membership, consider obtaining it first by clicking Join/Renew AERA on the My AERA page to receive the deeply discounted member registration fee.

If you forgot your username or password, please select Forgot Your User Name and/or Password? to reset. If you do not have an AERA account, please select Activate or Create My Account and create a username and password.  

The registration page will be updated to include additional ticketed events such as Division events in the next several weeks.

Registration Rates

Member Type Registration Rate
AERA Member $185
AERA Student Member $65
AERA International Affiliate Member $135 
Non-Member $485
Non-Member Student  $170
Non-Member International $450

Be Aware of Fraudulent Registration Solicitations  

Any AERA Annual Meeting registration solicitations that you may receive without first completing the registration process through AERA are not sanctioned and should be reported immediately to

Questions? Please contact the AERA Meetings Team at
Frequently Asked Questions

On July 30, 2020, AERA announced it is shifting from holding a place-based 2021 Annual Meeting to delivering the meeting completely virtually. Read the announcement from AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine and AERA President Shaun Harper. 

Town Hall Meetings to Discuss 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

Felice Levine and Shaun Harper hosted two virtual Town Hall Meetings on August 25 and August 28, 2020, to talk to the education research community about early plans for the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and to gather feedback and answer questions from AERA members and other meeting attendees. 

Watch the two video recordings to learn more about the unfolding and planning of the 2021 virtual meeting, including topics such as synchronous and asynchronous sessions; interactive paper presentations; professional development, networking, and mentoring opportunities; informal gatherings and receptions; and exhibitor opportunities, among others. 

Annual Meeting Site Selection Process

Site selection for the AERA Annual Meeting, which gathers more than 15,000 attendees each year, is undertaken with thorough consideration of multiple factors, including, but not limited to, geographic and cultural diversity, costs for attendees, available meeting space, and social justice record. Read more

Join AERA for Discounts on Annual Meeting Registration

For sizable discounted registration fee and other member benefits, be sure your 2021 AERA membership is in place before registering for the Annual Meeting. Become a member | Learn about member benefits

2021 Annual Meeting Theme: Accepting Educational Responsibility


The theme of the 2021 Annual Meeting is “Accepting Educational Responsibility.” The meeting will be held virtually, April 8-12. The call for submissions was released May 15; submissions are now closed. 

How to Peer Review AERA Annual Meeting Submissions

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