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Scientific Meetings

The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 30 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 100,000 attendees for the 2020 virtual meetings and more than 22,500 attendees for past in-person meetings.

Here are a few upcoming meetings:

COVID-19 AND Cancer

COVID-19 continues to impact cancer care and health care professionals continue to adapt to minimize the negative ramifications related to cancer outcomes and psychosocial disorders due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on certain ethnic and socioeconomic sectors of society, shining a spotlight on health care disparities. This AACR virtual meeting will focus on the presentation of emerging data in basic, clinical, translational, and epidemiological research related to COVID-19 and cancer. The AACR Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 and Cancer will be held from Feb. 3-5, 2021.

Learn more about the AACR Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 and Cancer.

AACR Annual Meeting

The AACR Annual Meeting program covers the latest discoveries across the spectrum of cancer research—from population science and prevention; to cancer biology, translational, and clinical studies; to survivorship and advocacy—and highlights the work of the best minds in research and medicine from institutions all over the world.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will host its 112th Annual Meeting virtually in two parts:

  • Week 1: April 10-15, 2021, will feature the Opening Ceremony, plenary sessions, major scientific sessions, and award lectures. All proffered abstracts that are accepted for presentation—including clinical trials and late-breaking abstracts—will be presented this week.
  • Week 2: May 17-21, 2021, will feature education sessions, methods workshops, meet the expert sessions, and professional advancement sessions.

Learn more about the AACR Annual Meeting 2021.


This conference advances the understanding of, and ultimately helps to eliminate, the disparities that represent a major public health problem in our country. Reflecting this transdisciplinary field, professionals from academic, industry, government, and the community are brought together to promote the exchange of novel ideas, discuss the latest findings in the field, and stimulate the development of new research on cancer health disparities. This conference will be held virtually from Oct. 2-4, 2021.

Learn more about the 13th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved.


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) will host their annual International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics from Oct. 7-11 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics conference is one of the premier international meetings featuring novel cancer therapeutics. It will bring together scientists, academics, and pharmaceutical industry representatives from leading cancer research organizations around the world to discuss and collaborate on innovations in drug development, target selection, and the impacts of new and recent discoveries in molecular biology.

Learn more about the AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics.

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

The mission of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) is to produce a unique and comprehensive scientific meeting that encompasses the full spectrum of breast cancer research, facilitating the rapid translation of new knowledge into better care for patients with breast cancer. UT Health at San Antonio, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine are joint sponsors of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. This collaboration utilizes the clinical strengths of UT Health San Antonio and Baylor and the AACR’s scientific prestige in basic, translational, and clinical cancer research to expedite the delivery of the latest scientific advances to the clinic. The 2021 symposium will be held from Dec. 7-11, 2021. 

Learn more about SABCS.

Updated 1/15/21