Annual Meeting

ASBMB Annual Meeting
at EB2020 canceled

The decision comes as COVID-19 infections rise, institutions establish travel restrictions and jurisdictions declare states of emergency
ASBMB Today Staff
By ASBMB Today Staff
March 06, 2020

The ASBMB annual meeting has been canceled. The following letter was emailed to all Experimental Biology 2020 attendees today. More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on the EB website.

Virtual poster presentations

Though the 2020 ASBMB Annual Meeting has been canceled, we can still come together virtually to share our research. Those who submitted a poster presentation abstract for the 2020 ASBMB Annual Meeting can participate in the ASBMB's virtual poster presentations on YouTube. Record a video of you presenting your research, upload it to YouTube and then submit your virtual poster presentation to us. Learn more.

Subject line: Experimental Biology 2020 Canceled

After thoughtful deliberations, the leaders of the Experimental Biology host societies have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel Experimental Biology (EB) 2020 set to take place April 4–7 in San Diego, California. We know how much EB means to everyone, and we did not make this decision in haste. The health and safety of our members, attendees, their students, our staff, partners and our communities are our top priority.

As we have previously communicated via email, on experimentalbiology.org and elsewhere, EB leadership has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). Based on the latest guidance from public health officials, the travel bans implemented by different institutions and the state of emergency declared in California less than 48 hours ago, it became clear to us that canceling was the right course of action.

We thank you and the entire EB community for understanding the extreme difficulty of this decision and for your commitment to the success of this conference — from the thousands of attendees to the presenters, exhibitors and sponsors who shared their time, expertise, collaboration and leadership. We deeply appreciate your contributions to this community.

What happens next?

Everyone who has registered to attend the meeting will receive a full registration refund within the next 45 days. Once your registration cancellation is processed, you will receive confirmation in a separate email. You do not need to contact anyone at EB or your host society to initiate the process. Despite the cancellation of the meeting, we are pleased to tell you that we will publish abstracts in the April 2020 issue of the FASEB Journal as originally planned. Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you’ve made, such as travel and housing reservations.

We ask for patience as we evaluate our next steps, and we will alert you as additional information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Barbara Gordon
Chair, Experimental Biology Executive Committee
Executive Director, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
 
Shawn Boynes, FASAE, CAE
Executive Director, American Association for Anatomy

Scott Steen, CAE, FASAE
Executive Director, American Physiological Society
 
William B. Coleman, Ph.D.
Executive Officer, American Society for Investigative Pathology

Judy Siuciak, Ph.D., CAE
Executive Officer, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
 

 

ASBMB Today Staff
ASBMB Today Staff

This article was written by a member or members of the ASBMB Today staff.

Join the ASBMB Today mailing list

Sign up to get updates on articles, interviews and events.

Latest in Careers

Careers highlights or most popular articles

Research on a budget
Essay

Research on a budget

March 30, 2020

As a professor at a small university, Peter Lyons has developed ways of reaching his research goals with limited funding, and he shares some of them here.

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
Announcement

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

March 29, 2020

New this week: virtual poster presentations for #ASBMB2020, webinar on research security, and more.

Internships in industry
Jobs

Internships in industry

March 27, 2020

If you’ve been looking for a chance to try your hand at industry work, these internships are a great way to start.

Science Twitter: Personal boundaries on a professional platform
Social Media

Science Twitter: Personal boundaries on a professional platform

March 25, 2020

“Success on Twitter has a different definition for every user ... I felt I needed to find the perfect balance of personality: one that is professional, intelligent, and advocates on behalf of meaningful causes but is still likable and relatable.”

The surprising comfort of learning objectives
Education

The surprising comfort of learning objectives

March 24, 2020

As you work through the transition to remote learning for your class, let the learning objectives be your guide.

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
Announcement

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

March 22, 2020

New this week: a special section with COVID-19 announcements and resources.