Logistics

We are hosting an in-person conference and will follow the strict epidemiological guidelines established by the University of Washington and Washington State. Please note that as of November 2021, international visitors to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated with provide proof of vaccination status and a negative viral test taken within one day of departure. We will continue to monitor and update the AABS conference website with more information as we receive it. Please also see the US State Department’s travel requirements website.

There is no requirement for visitors to the University of Washington campus to verify their vaccination status. Masks became optional inside most University of Washington facilities starting March 28 but the conference organizers still encourage mask wearing whenever possible. We encourage all AABS conference participants to activate the Washington Exposure Notifications – WA Notify prior to attending the conference because it alerts users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 without sharing any personal information. 

King County (the local government health authority for Seattle) has issued the following: “For international travel, all persons arriving in the US, regardless of citizenship or vaccine status, are required to have a negative test done within 72 hours of arrival.” More information can bee found on the county website here.

If you need to obtain a covid test to reutrn home here are some resources to find a testing location near the University of Washington. 

Important Dates

Conference registration begins January 31, 2022
Conference travel grant application opens March 7, 2022
Conference travel grant application closes April 5, 2022
Early conference registration deadline April 1, 2022
Late conference registration deadline May 5, 2022

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Graduate Seattle and on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. They are a five minute walk from each other.

Travel from the Seattle airport to the Graduate Hotel and the University of Washington campus costs $3.50 via public transit, compared to about $70+ via taxi or rideshare. Take line 1 in the Northgate Direction and get off at the U District Station.

See below a map of all conference venues, as well as Seattle sights and points of interest. Click here to open it separately.

Information for Presenters

All rooms at the conference are equipped with projectors but presenters must bring a laptop to be able to project a presentation. Every panel is one hour and 30 minutes long. This means that if your panel has three papers you can plan to give a 20 minute presentation, if your panel has four papers then plan for a 15 minute presentation. This will leave about 30 minutes for discussion at the end of every panel session.

Accommodation

The conference organizers negotiated a group rate at the Graduate Hotel Seattle for stays between May 26 and May 29, 2022. The nightly price, excluding taxes and fees, is $209.00 a night. The Graduate Hotel Seattle as of May 1, 2022 is completely sold out. Please visit this site to modify your reservation.

Other Hotels near the University of Washington

Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle University District
4501 12th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
A three star hotel located two blocks from the conference hotel.

Staypineapple, Watertown, University District Seattle
4242 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
A three star hotel located .3 miles from the conference hotel.

Staypineapple, University Inn, University District Seattle
4140 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
A three star hotel located .4 miles from the conference hotel.

College Inn Hotel
4000 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
A two star hotel located .5 miles from the conference hotel.

Silver Cloud Hotel – University District
5036 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
A three star hotel located 1 mile from the conference hotel and up a very large hill.

We have set up room share document for AABS attendees looking for roommates during the conference. While AABS provides this roommate board as a service to conference attendees, it is attendees’ own responsibility to contact and make appropriate arrangements with potential roommates. AABS assumes no responsibility or liability for these arrangements.

If you have a question about an individual posting, please contact the individual responsible. If you have a question or concern about the board itself, or if you need to change or delete your entry, please contact [email protected]

The Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian societies in the Seattle/Tacoma area are working to provide some free rooms for conference participants in the homes of members of the Baltic community in the Seattle/Tacoma area. These rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for conference participants traveling from the Baltic states. More information on this option will be available soon.

Scholarships

All conference attendees are responsible for their travel expenses. Below are some resources for various grants and scholarships that could be used to cover the cost of attending the 2022 AABS conference:

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Grants for Student and Junior Scholar Travel
To assist students and junior scholars with travel and accommodation costs, AABS will offer travel grants to all students and early career scholars accepted to present at the 2022 AABS Conference. AABS announced the call for applications on March 7 with an April 5 deadline. Please find details and the application link here.

Estonia

Kristjan Jaak Scholarships
This scholarship provides funding for short-term (up to 30 days) study-related visits abroad, including participation in conferences. The application deadlines are 1 March, 1 June, 1 October, and 1 December 2022.

Latvia

The University of Latvia Fund (Latvijas Universitātes fonds)
The University of Latvia Fund offers various scholarships and grants to students as well as advanced researchers. Deadlines vary and are listed on their website.

Lithuania

Support for visits of researchers and PhD students (Lithuanian Research Council)
This measure supports participation of researchers and PhD students in scientific events abroad up to 14 days to present research outcomes. More info about the application procedure and deadlines can be found on the Lithuanian Research Council’s website.

U.S. Embassy Vilnius’ Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program
U.S. Embassy Vilnius’ Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program provides funding to organizations and, in some cases, individuals who implement projects that support U.S. Embassy priorities. The Annual Program Statement describes the general project themes the Embassy will focus on during the fiscal year. The program now accepts applications for 2022.

Conference Registration

Registration for the 2022 AABS Conference at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington is now open!

Conference registration rates for the conference are listed below for AABS members and non-members. We encourage you to become an AABS member and receive all the benefits of membership including access to the Journal of Baltic Studies, newsletter, and membership news. 

The conference registration includes three keynote talks and receptions, a Journal of Baltic Studies sponsored continental breakfast, and graduate student luncheon for students.

Registration levels

    $50 – Student Registration AABS Member

    $100 – Regular Registration AABS Member

    $100 – Student Registration Non-AABS Member

    $150 – Regular Registration Non-AABS Member