Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions at ADASS provide a space for flexible and informal discussions of groups with a common technical or scientific interest. BoFs are selected by the Program Organizing Committee based on anonymized proposals from the ADASS attendees themselves and, in 2023, were a factor of two oversubscribed, demonstrating the continuing robust health of the ADASS community. Birds of a Feather sessions are generally held in parallel sessions at the end of the first full day of the conference. ADASS XXXIII is a hybrid meeting and some presenters and participants may be remote.
The Program Organizing Committee votes on community nominations for the ADASS Prize and invited talks. Each year's themes are selected by the community.