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Celebrating Accomplishments and Looking Forward to 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Pritchett

Thank you for being a member of the Association for Information Systems!  The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity to highlight accomplishments in the past year and announce exciting programs, services and events to look forward to in 2020. Your engagement and support are what make our community a success.

2019 was a remarkable year for AIS. One of the most exciting aspects of 2019 was the launch of a new 25 for 25 Campaign which celebrates the association’s first 25 years and builds for the next 25 years. More than a dozen new initiatives have already been announced and more will be announced in the coming months. These initiatives include travel scholarships, new colleges and groups, open access to journals, collaboration with practitioners, collaboration with IBM, SIM, DSI, and AACSB, new teaching resources, new research resources, a reviewer education program, and a program to fight climate change. 

The AIS eLibrary grew with an additional 3,400 new articles published this year, and saw the largest volume of article downloads from the AIS eLibrary with more than 1.2 million downloads this year.  JAIS welcomed Dorothy Leidner as its new EIC, and in 2020, Jan Recker will step down as EIC of CAIS.   

AIS ended the year with highest membership level in the Association’s history with more than 4,800 active members. To celebrate our longstanding members, the association launched the new Distinguished AIS Member Program, which recognizes and rewards productive and long serving members. If you have been a member for 5 years and have published several articles, please consider applying at

The association celebrated the 25th Anniversary of AMCIS and AIS with a wonderful conference and fireworks in Cancun, Mexico. Thank you to Conference Chairs Guillermo Rodriquez-Abitia and Carlos Ferran, and Program Chairs Martin Santana and Ramiro Montealegre for hosting this event.  ICIS celebrated its 40th Anniversary in Munich, Germany with more than 2,000 attendees – our largest ICIS ever!  Thank you to Conference Chairs Helmut Krcmar and Jane Fedorowicz, and Program Chairs Wai Fong Boh, Jan Marco Leimeister and Sunil Wattal for hosting this incredible event. 

The 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) was held in Stockholm Sweden, which also was the location of AIS Council’s June 2019 Meeting. The 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) was held in the wonderful and enchanting Xi’an China. The 10th Anniversary of AIS Student Chapters was held at Temple University in Philadelphia with the largest Student Chapter Leadership Conference (SCLC) on record.

The list of accomplishments from 2019 could go on and on. More than anyone however, AIS wants to thank you … the AIS member.  Thank you for submitting your articles, reviewing and editing papers, participating in your communities, attending conferences, and serving on conference committees, Council, and the many other roles that benefit our community. The AIS community cannot exist without this incredible pursuit of intellectual curiosity, research, scholarly achievement, spirit of volunteerism and service. 

As 2020 comes into view, the excitement is growing for the four major IS conferences including ECIS in Marrakech June 15-17, PACIS in Dubai June 20-24, AMCIS in Salt Lake City August 12-16 and ICIS in Hyderabad December 13-16. There are also numerous regional chapter conferences such as SAIS in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; the MWAIS Chapter Conference in Des Moines, Iowa; the AIS Student Chapter Leadership Conference (AIS SCLC) in Normal, Illinois and many more.  Please try to attend at least one or two of these events to further your connections with your colleagues.

2020 is shaping up to be an excellent year for serving you and the global IS community.


Alan Dennis, AIS President and AIS Council
Matthew Nelson, AIS Academic Executive Director
Lise Fitzpatrick, AIS Chief Operating Officer and Staff

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