AASP was established in 1967 by a group of 32 founding members to promote the science of palynology. Today AASP has a world-wide membership of about 400 and is run by an executive including an elected Board of Directors and subsidiary committees. The Board of Directors meets at the Annual Meetings and at mid-yearly meetings. In 2008, AASP changed its name from the “American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Inc.” to “AASP – The Palynological Society” to reflect AASP’s promotion of all aspects of palynology in academia and industry.
AASP welcomes new members — anyone with an interest in the science of palynology may join.
All members of AASP receive Palynology (either hardcopy, online, or both), which is published as three volumes annually and the AASP Newsletter, which is published four times a year. Retired members have the option to choose not to receive Palynology.
AASP organizes Annual Meetings (either on its own or with other specialized societies such as GSA, TMS, CIMP, IFPS and IPC) featuring technical sessions where talks and posters are presented on all aspects of palynology. Registration fees are reduced for AASP members. The meeting includes the society business luncheon, optional field trips and social events.
In addition to Palynology and the AASP Newsletter, the AASP Foundation publishes the Contributions Series (mostly monographs, issued irregularly), as well as several books and miscellaneous items.
In 1990, AASP endowed the Center of Excellence in Paleopalynology (CENEX) in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University. CENEX houses an extensive collection of reprints and pollen and spore slides.
AASP annually awards student grants to promote the study of palynology and travel to conferences. It bestows several awards on its members in recognition of their service, and upon palynologists worldwide in recognition of their accomplishments in the field of palynology.
AASP is an associated society of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and a member organization of the American Geological Institute (AGI), and the International Federation of Palynological Societies (IFPS).