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Press and PIO Registration

Thank you for your interest in covering the AACR’s scientific meetings. You may request complimentary press or PIO registration for a meeting using the registration forms linked below. Please carefully review the AACR’s full Press and PIO Registration Policy on this page before requesting registration. If you meet the criteria as outlined in the policy, please click the appropriate button below to access your designated registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Venango at [email protected].

Press Registration Form PIO Registration Form

Press Registration Requirements

The AACR provides complimentary meeting registration to professional journalists for the express purpose of gathering news and information to produce media coverage of AACR meetings and conferences. 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 meeting or conference, 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 meeting or conference, 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 meeting/conference 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, 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 public relations team. The AACR may request additional information before approving a press registration request. Please note: Prior press registration does not guarantee eligibility.

Individuals registered as press for AACR meetings and conferences agree to abide by all embargoes. In advance of some meetings, the AACR may 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.

The AACR requests that all coverage include reference to the meeting or conference where the research is presented.

PIO Registration

Public information officers (PIOs) and communications professionals from cancer centers, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit cancer research organizations are welcome to register for access to meeting press rooms. 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 AACR meeting press rooms or press conference rooms. These attendees must register as general attendees and pay the required registration fee.


To contact a member of the AACR public relations team, please see our list of media contacts.