UPCOMING CONFERENCES SUPPORTED BY ATHEIST ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL
AAI Affiliate Convention
International Atheist Convention 2015
Comedia Theater, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Carsten Frerk, author
On Saturday, May 23 the IBKA award 'Sapio' will be given to singer, songwriter, and evolution biologist Greg Graffin.
Atheist Alliance International facilitates and supports conventions and conferences hosted by its Affiliate and Associate Members, providing international credibility and prestige to local events and enhancing their success. Conventions raise the profile of atheist and secular issues and give people an opportunity to hear from world-class speakers and local leaders. Such events educate attendees and the public about atheism and provide opportunities for atheists and freethinkers to meet, discuss and learn about global and local issues of interest.
Make sure you are there for the next one!
Hosting a convention is a fantastic opportunity for Affiliate/Associate Members to improve their local/national profile, attract media attention, raise funds, develop organisational and leadership skills, build their volunteer base and find new members and supporters.
However, hosting a convention is also a risky venture, and must be planned well to ensure its success. Even though a convention provides substantial outreach and visibility, many groups are hesitant because of the risk and their inexperience. AAI's involvement can ensure that such events are successful - as well as arranging world-class atheist speakers, AAI can assist the host with planning, marketing, ticket sales, coordination and general advice. AAI also assist the host to maximise the post-convention benefits for its group.
AAI can support up to five conventions each year, preferably distributed around the world. The agreement between AAI and the host in relation to each convention is set out in a Letter of Understanding (LOU). If an Affiliate/Associate Member is you work with is interested in hosting an atheist convention with AAI's support, you should contact us as early as possible: our planning horizon is 12 to 18 months, and there may be unusual or unexpected considerations that take time to resolve.
Queries regarding convention co-hosting should be sent to president [at] atheistalliance [dot] org.
Atheist Alliance International co-hosts conventions and conferences with its Affiliate and Associate Members. AAI wishes to support events that are intended to be harassment-free for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical appearance or disability. As a condition of AAI providing financial assistance to a convention or agreeing that the AAI logo may be used to recognise AAI’s support for or sponsorship of a convention AAI requires the host group of the convention to adopt an anti-harassment policy substantially similar in scope and effect to this anti-harassment policy, and provide it in the languages that will be used at the convention.
Atheist Alliance International co-hosts conventions with Affiliate and Associate Members. Hosting a convention is a fantastic opportunity for national/regional/local organisations to increase their profile, gain media attention and attract new members through having world-class atheist speakers in your country. If your organisation is interested in co-hosting a convention please get in touch! Just email info [at] atheistalliance [dot] org to request the current AAI Convention Planner.