We invite you to the 2018 meeting of the AAS which will be held at Eastern Michigan University in beautiful Ypsilanti, Michigan from June 22-26. Ypsilanti is known for its local craft beers and potent art scene and is 20 minutes from the bohemian town of Ann Arbor and 40 minutes from Detroit.

The Motor City has many attractions to offer from the internationally acclaimed Detroit Institute of Arts, a live local music scene, the most delectable ribs you will eat in Sweetwater's downtown and of course the waterfront. In the Detroit metro area we have a National Historic Landmark In the Henry Ford Museum, which has everything from the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to the circular Dymaxion aluminum “house of the future” designed by visionary architect R. Buckminster Fuller.

The conference hosts are Cara Shillington of Eastern Michigan University and Anne Danielson-Francois of the University of Michigan – Dearborn.


Friday, 22nd June:

Arrival and registration; evening reception on-campus which will include "heavy" snacks.


Saturday -Monday (23-25th June):


Saturday early evening:

Social at the Ypsilanti Firehouse Museum followed by Student Night. For additional information about the Museum, check out their website


Sunday late afternoon & early evening:

Poster session and Casual Night with Arachnids


Monday evening:

Banquet and Awards at the Henry Ford Museum. Their website says it all: "250 acres of innovation. 300 years of history. 26 million artifacts. At The Henry Ford, you'll discover America — its culture, inventions, people And can- Do spirit — and hundreds of hands-on ways to explore it, enjoy it and be inspired by it.


Tuesday, 26th June:

Optional field trips; for more details click on one of the subpages below

 1. Explore habitat in SE Michigan with option to collect spiders

 2. Guided tour of the DIA

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Important dates

  • Conference Dates

    22 Jun.



    26 Jun.


Contact information

  • Cara Shillington
  • 734-474-3800
  • Anne Danielson-Francois