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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has been closely monitoring the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of all AACR Annual Meeting attendees and the patients and communities they serve are the AACR’s highest priorities. Therefore, the AACR Board of Directors has made the decision not to move forward with an in-person Annual Meeting this year, and instead to present segments of the meeting program in two AACR Virtual Annual Meetings:

  • April 27-28, 2020: AACR Virtual Annual Meeting I
  • June 22-24, 2020: AACR Virtual Annual Meeting II

Please read the full statement and the FAQs.

See below for registration requirements.

Press Registration Requirements

Please note: If you registered as press for the original in-person April 2020 Annual Meeting, you will be automatically registered as press for both Virtual Annual Meetings. Journalists must register as press to receive embargoed meeting materials.

The AACR provides complimentary meeting registration to professional journalists for the express purpose of gathering news and information to produce media coverage of the meeting. Press registration is intended for representatives of news media outlets that: 

  • Produce original editorial news coverage; and
  • Have complete editorial freedom from sponsors and advertisers.


To register as press, journalists must provide official press credentials such as a business card, editorial roster or masthead, international press card, or letter of assignment, and:

  • Bylined coverage from a previous AACR Annual Meeting, or
  • For first-time attendees, two examples of recent bylined health/medical/science coverage.


Freelance journalists without a letter of assignment may be eligible for press registration if they can provide a summary of their reasons and goals for attending the meeting and:

  • Bylined coverage from a recent AACR Annual Meeting, or
  • For first-time attendees, two examples of recent bylined health/medical/science coverage published in news outlets that meet the AACR’s criteria.


Members of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) who can provide proof of membership are permitted to register as press, regardless of assignment.  


Journalists working for medical and scientific journals must have proof of an editorial news assignment to register, and the publication must have a regularly appearing news section or a special AACR Annual Meeting news section. Journal editors attending for the purpose of soliciting manuscripts and other submissions are not permitted to register as press.


The AACR will consider requests from bloggers, book authors, social media influencers, and other potential registrants not covered by the above criteria for press registration on a case by case basis.


All press registration decisions are made at the discretion of the AACR Communications and Public Relations Department. The AACR may request additional information before approving a press registration request. Please note: prior-year registration does not guarantee eligibility.


Individuals registered as press agree to abide by all embargoes. In advance of the Virtual Annual Meetings, the AACR may provide abstracts, press releases, and other materials under embargo to facilitate accurate and comprehensive reporting. Failure to abide by the AACR’s embargoes may result in removal from AACR pre-embargo press lists and dismissal from current and future AACR meetings.

PIO Registration

Public information officers (PIOs) and communications professionals from educational institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit cancer research organizations are welcome to register through the AACR Communications and Public Relations Department. Each institution is allowed up to two complimentary PIO registrations.

Other Registration Inquiries

Advertising, marketing, public relations, and other communications representatives affiliated with industry and outside firms do not qualify for press registration.

Contact Information

Kathleen Venango
[email protected]

Matthew Burns
[email protected]

Julia Gunther
[email protected]