Social events

Poster Exhibit & Meet the Authors Reception - Learn More

Wednesday, October 11 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET

Join us at the Poster Exhibit & Meet the Authors Reception to explore posters that are on display, network with top authors, and meet with exhibitors from across the country. 

Eval23 StorySlam! 

Wednesday, October 11 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET

StorySlam invites people to share a true story, told in the first person, no longer than five minutes about Lessons Learned. This 90 minute storyslam located in Room 101 is co-hosted by AEA and Storytelling Arts of Indiana. Everyone is welcome to attend the storyslam; story tellers will be randomly selected from those who throw their name in the hat. Topics you can cover include: 

• Sharing a story about an “aha moment,” a time when your understanding of a situation changed, or what an important mentor taught you.
• Letting the audience eavesdrop on advice you’d give your younger self or future self.
• Talking about context and positionality - how have they affected your work?

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Topical Interest Group (TIG) Fair and Reception

Thursday, October 12 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET

Meet AEA’s Topical Interest Group (TIG) members at the Topical Interest Group Reception! Each of our 60 TIGs will be participating in the TIG Receptions, giving you an opportunity to learn more about their year-long initiatives and how to get involved. Learn more about TIGs.  

Silent Auction to Benefit International Presenters - Learn More

Friday, October 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET

One of the highlights of our annual conference is the Silent Auction, coordinated in collaboration with AEA’s International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation Topical Interest Group. The auction features a variety of items ranging from books, to clothing, to evaluation courses.

The proceeds benefit AEA’s International Travel Awards and are used to offset travel expenses for presenters who reside in developing countries or countries in transition, and to encourage their participation internationally.

If you would like to donate something to be bid on at the Silent Auction, please bring it along and drop it at the AEA conference registration desk. If you have any queries, please email

Interested in making an early donation to the Silent Auction? Click here and click ‘Make a Gift’.