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2018 Conference Central

Conference Central

25th Anniversary of the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

February 14–17, 2018

Marriott Richmond
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA

Attendee Registration

Registration will open in October!


Program or Sponsorship:
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Thank You, Sponsors & Exhibitors!

We will open sponsorship registration in late summer.

The Academy is celebrating its 25th annual conference in 2018 in Richmond, Virginia from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, February 17.

Join us for the 2018 Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia! The history of Richmond as a modern city, dates to the early 17th century, and is crucial to the development of the colony of Virginia, the American Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. Richmond offers easy access to the ocean, mountains and Washington, DC. Trendy boutiques and restaurants, numerous sports and entertainment attractions, outdoor pursuits among one of the nation's largest river park systems, and a treasure trove of historic landmarks provide plenty of fun!

About Richmond

Richmond ranks NO. 7 on Travel + Leisure’s list of “AMERICA’S FAVORITE CITIES.” —, May 2016

Local Flavor | Shop in Richmond | James River and Virginia Capital Trail | Attractions and Museums | Craft Beer and Cider and Wineries and Wine Bars | Visitors guide

View a video about Richmond!

Accolades About Richmond

"With the James River as an anchor, Richmond reveals a stark natural beauty, that no matter the season, offers a distinctive urban charm and vibrancy."

The New York Times, "36 Hours in Richmond, Virginia"

"Virginia's capital city combines genteel southern manners with a northern sensibility in a conflux of culture that can't quite be pigeonholed by geography or at any one point in history...Richmond is a city always half a step ahead of the zeitgeist."

Metrosource, "Out of the Cradle of the Confederacy, Richmond Shines Anew"

"...Richmond, Virginia: a complex, richly layered city - cultured and refined, yet hard-working and accessible..."

Food & Wine's, "48 Wild Hours in Richmond with the Rappahannock Boys"

"In Richmond, even what is old now feels cool."

New York Daily News, "Richmond, Virginia is Transforming from Parochial to Cool, and One of the East Coast's Most Intriguing Cities"

"Virginia's capital has long been a destination for good grub,and in recent years, the dining scene has catapulted onto the national stage."

USA Today, "Made in Virginia: Flavors Only Found in Richmond

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