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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Board of Directors has made the difficult decision, after careful consideration and comprehensive evaluation of currently available information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to terminate the AACR Annual Meeting 2020, originally scheduled for April 24-29 in San Diego, California. A rescheduled meeting is being planned for later this year. Please read the full statement and the FAQs.

We will update this page with information about the rescheduled meeting as it becomes available.

Please see below for general registration requirements.

Press Registration Requirements

Please note: Journalists covering the meeting in person AND those covering the meeting remotely must register as press to receive embargoed press program 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.  

Broadcast television and radio crews must present valid press credentials from their respective media outlets.

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, advertising, or subscriptions from meeting attendees or exhibitors are not permitted to register as press.

The AACR will consider requests from bloggers, book authors, documentary film crews, 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 for the AACR Annual Meeting agree to abide by all embargoes. In advance of the Annual Meeting, the AACR will provide press program 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 for access to the press room. 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 access to the press room or press conference room. These attendees must register as general attendees and pay the required registration fee.

Contact Information

Kathleen Venango

Matthew Burns

Julia Gunther