Conference Information

The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held at Bucknell University. Located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Susquehanna River, the Lewisburg area offers a combination of outdoor recreation opportunities and small-town amenities. Bucknell is about three hours from Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

The meeting is being organized by the president of The Classification Society, Abby Flynt. The scientific programming committee is comprised of Abby Flynt (chair), Brian Franczak, Meredith Wallace, and Tanzy Love.

Friday, November 5th
Welcome Reception and Poster Session 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Sponsored by the Freeman College of Management)

Saturday, November 6th
Welcome 8:50 am
President's Invited Address 9:00 am
Coffee Break 10:00 am
Invited Session on Applications in Clustering and Classification 10:30 am
Invited Lecture 11:30 am
Lunch Break/Board Meeting 12:15 pm
Distinguished Dissertation Award Lecture 1:45 pm
Invited Lecture 2:30 pm
Coffee Break 3:15 pm
Contributed Session 3:45 pm
Classification Society General Meeting 4:45 pm
Conference Banquet 6:00 pm

Sunday, November 7th
Invited Session on Classification and Psychometric Methodology 9:30 am
Coffee Break 10:30 am
Contributed Session 11:00 am
Closing Remarks 12:00 pm

There is a block of rooms reserved at the brand new Fairfield by Marriott. Book your group rate for TCS Bucknell with this link: Book your group rate for TCS Bucknell or by calling the hotel directly.  Reservations must be made by October 15th to secure the block rate.  (Room Block: TCS Bucknell)

Note that the hotel is approximately 1.5 miles from campus and potentially walkable through town. We will have a shuttle available in the morning and afternoon to take you to and from campus.  There will also be visitor parking on campus should you wish to drive.

The Tawsty Flower is a lovely bed and breakfast within walking distance of campus.  The Tawsty Flower has some small cottages that can fit multiple people.

There are also a growing number of Air BnB’s around Lewisburg and other local hotels.

Registration costs for the 2021 Classification Society Annual Meeting are:
- 225 USD for a regular member of the Classification Society (must log-in to view/purchase)
- 75 USD for a student member of the Classification Society (must log-in to view/purchase)
- 235 USD for a non-student that is not a member of the Classification Society
- 85 USD for a student that is not member of the Classification Society

We are also offering a bundle package (CS membership + CS 2021 registration) for both a student and a non-student that is not a member of the Classification Society. Those prices are:
- 315 USD for a non-student
- 100 USD for a student

Additional banquet tickets can be purchased for 50 USD

The Classification Society will email a link to a live stream of the oral presentations to all registered CS members at no additional cost. Non-CS members can purchase a ticket to this link at a cost of 25 USD. The link will be sent out on Friday, November 5, 2021.

  • David Hunter, Penn State University (President's Invited)
  • Andres Felipe Barrientos, Florida State University (Plenary)
  • F. James Rohlf, Stony Brook University (Plenary)
  • David Banks, Duke University
  • Michael Gallaugher, Baylor University
  • Rachael Hageman, University of Buffalo
  • Samrachana Adhikari, New York University
  • Susu Zhang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Teague Henry, UNC Chapel Hill

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Deadline - November 1, 2021

The deadline for submitting an abstraction has ended.


The abstract submission deadline for the 2021 Classification Society Annual Meeting is September 21, 2021. Please submit your abstract using the Abstract Submission portal shown on the 2021 meeting page ( When submitting your abstract, please indicate whether you would like to be considered for a poster or oral presentation.

Flying into Lewisburg can be difficult.  The nearest "major" airport is Harrisburg International Airport, which is roughly 80 minutes away.  There are also smaller airports in State College, Williamsport, and Wilkes-Barre.  It is often easier to fly into Philadelphia, Newark, or JFK and then drive the  2 - 3 hours to Lewisburg.  Aside from renting a car, you can use Susquehanna Valley Limo or there are a small number of Uber/Lyft drivers in the area.  There is also someone that drives many faculty and professionals to/from these airports for a very reasonable rate.  If interested, please contact the secretary of the CS for contact information.

Lunches each day will be on your own.  The Bison Center on campus will be open for lunch and is located in the Elaine Langone Center.  Most restaurants in town are located along Market Street between 3rd and 6th Streets.  This area is about a twenty minute walk from campus.  Suggestions for lunch include: AmaMi (also a coffeehouse), Sushi Hanna, Grams, Grams Express, All Star Bagel, Abrana Maries, and Siam Cafe.   Many of these restaurants will be open for dinner and other dinner suggestions include Elizabeth’s and Brasserie Louis.

Central Pennsylvania is home to many national parks that offer great hiking and biking trails.  Ricketts Glen State Park (many waterfalls) and R.B. Winter State Park are both popular state parks close to Lewisburg.  Other interesting stops include Penns Cave, Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Little League Baseball Hall of Fame.  As mentioned previously, Lewisburg is within 3 hours of most major east coast cities.

Currently, face-masks must be warn in all public spaces on Bucknell campus regardless of vaccination status.

The Scientific Programming Committee will continue to accept abstracts for poster presentations until November 1, 2021. Please submit your abstract using the Abstract Submission portal shown on the 2021 meeting page ( 

Previous Meetings

2020 Annual Meeting

June 17, 2020

The local organizing committee in consultation with the Classification Society board made the decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting of The Classification Society, which was to be held from June 17 - 20, 2020 at Bucknell University. However, on June 24th members of The Classification Society congregated via Zoom call for an online presentation by President-Elect, Tanzy Love, the annual general meeting, and an informal social.

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