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Life Science Conference Disruptions Due to Coronavirus

Find out which meetings have been canceled, postponed, or are going ahead as planned.

The Scientist Staff
Mar 5, 2020


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American Academy of NeurologyAAN Annual MeetingApril 25-May 1, Toronto, CanadaCanceled
American Association for Cancer ResearchAACR Annual Meeting 2020April 24–29, San Diego, USAPostponed
American Association for Cancer ResearchAdvances in Prostate Cancer ResearchMarch 12–15, Denver, USAPostponed
American Association for Dental Research and International Association for Dental Research2020 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session

March 18–21, Washington, DC, USA
American Association of ImmunologistsIMMUNOLOGY2020
May 8–12, in Honolulu, USA
American Chemical Society (ACS)ACS National Meeting & ExpoMarch 22–26, Philadelphia, USACanceled
American College of CardiologyACC.20/WCCMarch 28–30, Chicago, USACanceled
American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)2020 ACMG Clinical GeneticsMarch 17–21, San Antonio, USACanceled
American Geophysical Union (AGU)JpGU – AGU Joint MeetingJuly 12-16, formerly Chiba, Japan, now onlinePostponed from May to July and will be held online
American Geophysical Union (AGU)Fall MeetingDecember 7–11, San Francisco, USANo changes announced
American Society for Cell BiologyCell Bio 2020December 5–9, Philadelphia, USANo changes
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)ASM Microbe 2020
June 18–22, Chicago, USACanceled
American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)Annual meetingOctober 27–31, San Diego, USANo changes announced
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)ARVO 2020May 1–7, Baltimore, USACanceled
British Society of Developmental Biology and the Genetics SocietyBSDB/Gensoc 2020March 15–18, Coventry, UKCanceled
Cambridge Healthtech InstituteBio-IT WorldRescheduled for October 6–8, Boston, USARescheduled
Cambridge Healthtech InstituteBioprocessing Summit EuropeJuly 21–23, Barcelona, SpanRescheduled for July
Cell SymposiaMyeloid Cells: From Development to Function and DysfunctionJune 3–5, Shanghai, ChinaPostponed (more information coming soon)
Cell Symposia
The Conceptual Power of Single-Cell Biology
April 19–21, San Francisco, USAPostponed (more information coming soon)
Cell Symposia
Infection Biology in the Age of the Microbiome
May 18–20, Paris, FrancePostponed (more information coming soon)
Cell SymposiaVariousVariousAll other Cell Symposia are proceeding as planned.
Cognitive Neuroscience SocietyCNS 2020May 2–5, now virtualThe in-person meeting was canceled and a virtual meeting is scheduled instead.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)Cell & Developmental Biology of Xenopus:
Gene Discovery & Disease

March 25–April 7, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USACanceled. Will be rescheduled for 2021.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)Cryo-Electron MicroscopyMarch 9–22,  Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USACanceled. Will be rescheduled for 2021.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)Expression, Purification & Analysis
of Proteins and Protein Complexes

March 25–April 6, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USACanceled. Will be rescheduled for 2021.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)Systems Biology: Global Regulation of Gene ExpressionMarch 11–14,  Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USAThe in-person meeting is canceled, and a virtual meeting will occur instead.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)Neuronal CircuitsMarch 18–21, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USAThe in-person meeting is canceled, and a virtual meeting will occur instead.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)Quantitative Imaging: From Acquisition to Analysis

March 24–April 7, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USACanceled. Will be rescheduled for 2021.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)VariousVariousAll other CSHL meetings are currently proceeding as scheduled.
Composite and Nanocomposite Advanced Manufacturing-Biomaterials CenterFirst International Conference on Microbial PolymersPostponed until June 2021, Rapid City, South Dakota, USAPostponed
Core Technologies for Life SciencesCTLS2021 (formerly CTLS2020)Rescheduled for September 14–16, Lisbon, PortugalPostponed
Digestive Diseases WeekDDW 2020May 2–5, Chicago, USACanceled
Ecological Society of America (ESA)Annual meetingAugust 2–7, Salt Lake City, USANo changes announced
Ecological Society of America (ESA)Pushing Past Barriers - Ecological Science for AllOctober 22–24, Estes Park, USANo changes announced
EMBO/EMBL SymposiaVariousVariousAll conferences and courses scheduled to start before mid-April have been canceled. For events scheduled to start after that, remote participation or streaming services will be made available where possible for people who cannot attend. Further information here.
Endocrine SocietyENDO 2020March 28–31, San Francisco, USACanceled
European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)
Euroanaesthesia 2020
May 31-June 1, Barcelona, SpainPostponed
European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)
European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)
April 18–21, Paris, France
The conference has moved online.
Experimental Biology (EB)Experimental BiologyApril 4–7, San Diego, USAThe meeting is canceled and refunds are being offered. The next meeting is scheduled for May 2021. Further information here.
Federation of American Societies For Experimental Biology (FASEB)Science Research Conferences 2020April-June, various locationsCanceled
Genetics Society of AmericaTAGC 2020April 22–26, Maryland, USANo changes announced
Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation (GAP)
GAP Foundation Innovation Summit
May 5, Washington, DC, USAPostponed
Gordon Research ConferencesVariousMarch-July, various locationsAll conferences have been canceled for the remainder of 2020.
International Association for Vegetation Science
IAVS Annual Symposium
July 20–24, Vladivostok, Russia
Keystone SymposiaVariousMarch-May, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan
March-April, Canada, USA
Twenty-one conferences have been canceled.
Metabolomics SocietyMetabolomics 2020July 6–10, Shanghai, ChinaThe meeting is being rescheduled, likely to December 7–11.
Microbiology SocietyAnnual Conference 2020March 31-April 3, Edinburgh, UKCanceled
RECOMB24th International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular BiologyMay 10–13, Padova, ItalyPostponed
Society for Molecular Biology & EvolutionSMBE 2020June 28–July 2, Québec City, Canada

Society of Toxicology2020 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpoMarch 15–19, Anaheim, California, USACanceled
University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG)Geneva Health ForumNow scheduled for November 16–18, Geneva, SwitzerlandPostponed
US Human Proteome Organization  US HUPO 2020 Annual Conference March 8–11, Seattle, USACanceled