AIHce EXP 2023 is one of the best opportunities for IH/OEHS professionals to learn the latest research and techniques, network with peers, and dive deeper into issues affecting the profession and the workers we protect. But we also know it can be overwhelming (even intimidating) to tackle this conference for the first time – and perhaps by yourself! That’s why we designed this quick info guide for you. Have more detailed questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions and see if the answer you seek is there.
1. Is there anything on the schedule for first-timers?
We will have a webinar specifically for our first-time attendees, typically within a few weeks of conference (this year, it's scheduled for Wednesday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET). Sign up here for conference updates or return to this page in early 2023 for more information. We'll talk you through what to expect, what to prepare and pack, how to select sessions appropriate for your goals, and more!
Additionally, we will hold a meet and greet on the Monday morning of the conference, May 22 at 6:30 a.m. MT, to provide an opportunity to network with other first-timers and plan your AIHce EXPerience!
2. Navigate with a PAL
The Personal AIHce EXP Liaison (PAL) Program helps first-time attendees get the most out of the conference by matching the first-timer (or attendees who have not attended AIHce EXP in the last five years) with an experienced attendee. PALs are matched by AIHA staff, and participants are provided with contact information at least two (2) weeks before the event. PALs are encouraged to contact their matches before AIHce EXP to learn what the first-timer hopes to gain from their conference experience and to arrange a time and location (in-person or virtually) to meet at the start of and throughout the conference.
To request a PAL, sign up during registration.
3. When should I arrive in Phoenix?
The actual conference dates of AIHce EXP 2023 are Monday, May 22 through Wednesday, May 24. Professional Development Courses (PDCs) are offered on Saturday, May 20; Sunday, May 21; and Thursday, May 25. PDCs require separate registration and an additional fee.
Registration and badge pick-up opens Friday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time, for those arriving for weekend PDCs.
4. When should I depart Phoenix?
Conference educational content ends on Wednesday, May 24 at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, PDCs are offered as half-day (morning) and full-day sessions on May 25.
5. Are there any additional events I can sign up for?
PDCs: Professional Development Courses provide a deeper dive into educational content before and after the conference. All PDCs require separate registration and an additional fee. We are pleased to offer PDCs in formats to suit all participation types: in-person or virtual. When you begin your registration, you'll be asked to select your EXPerience method (in-person or virtual).
AIHF Fun Run/Walk: Join your colleagues in a friendly competition during the 36th annual Fun Run/Walk. Prizes are available for different age groups and all funds raised support the AIHF. Veteran tip: Not a runner? Haven’t trained? Not sure you are up for 3.1 miles? You can walk or sleep in too!
6. How can I edit or add to my registration (or change my registration type from in-person to virtual or vice versa)?
You can edit or add to your conference registration by logging back into the AIHce EXP 2023 registration site using the email you used to register. To switch your registration type from in-person to virtual or vice versa, email email@example.com with your request.
Additional resources for the first-time attendee
- 7 Tips for Attending a Conference Alone (And Having A Good Time)
- How to Network at a Conference – 21 of The Best Networking Tips For Your Next Business Conference
- How Introverts Can Make the Most of Conferences
- The Two Most Valuable Skills You Can Develop to Network Successfully
- Tedx Talks: 7 Ways to Make a Conversation With Anyone
- Tedx Talks: The Skill of Self Confidence