AMS Sectional Meetings

The AMS is grateful to the institutions originally scheduled to host the fall 2020 and spring 2021 sectional meetings, and appreciates their understanding. We are working to arrange for them to host in-person Sectional meetings in the future. These sites include University of Texas at El Paso, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Utah, Georgia Institute of Technology, Brown University, the University of Cincinnati, and San Francisco State University.


  • The 2021 Spring Sectional Meetings will be held virtually, on the originally planned dates. Further details will be posted as soon as they become available. Send any questions to
  • The abstract deadline for the 2021 Spring Central Sectional Meeting (formerly to be held at the University of Cincinnati), has been extended to February 23, 2021.
  • The abstract deadline for the 2021 Spring Western Sectional Meeting (formerly to be held at San Francisco State University), has been extended to March 9, 2021.
  • The deadline for proposals for Special Sessions for the 2021 Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, has been extended to March 2, 2021.


The AMS holds eight sectional meetings annually. Generally, there is one meeting in the spring and one in the fall in each section of the U.S.

Each meeting usually runs for two days, with four invited addresses and as many special sessions as time and space allow. The sectional meetings also include social events and opportunities to shop at the on-site AMS Bookstore. In addition, Erdős Memorial Lectures and Einstein Public Lectures are held in conjunction with some of these meetings.

New: Sectional Meetings Require Registration to Submit Abstracts

In an effort to spread the cost of the sectional meetings more equitably among all who attend and hence help keep registration fees low, starting with the 2020 fall sectional meetings, you must be registered for a sectional meeting in order to submit an abstract for that meeting. You will be prompted to register on the Abstracts Submission Page. In the event that your abstract is not accepted or you have to cancel your participation in the program due to unforeseen circumstances, your registration fee will be reimbursed.

Sectional Meetings

  • Western — comprised of those states west of Nebraska (and those provinces of Canada north of that portion of the U.S.)
  • Central — comprised of those states west of Pennsylvania and east of Colorado (and those provinces of Canada north of this section)
  • Eastern — comprised of those states east and north of Pennsylvania (including Pennsylvania and those provinces of Canada north of this portion of the U.S.)
  • Southeastern — comprised of those states south of Maryland from the East Coast to the Mississippi River and beyond, including Arkansas and Louisiana

Additional Information

Contact Us

Penny Pina
Director of Meetings & Conferences
Phone: (401) 455-4145, 1-800-321-4267, Ext. 4145
Fax: (401) 455-4004