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Virtual Meeting: Frequently Asked Questions

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Updated December 3, 2020

Additional questions about the virtual meeting can be sent to [email protected].

VIRTUAL AACR ANNUAL MEETING

Q: What is the status of the in-person Annual Meeting?
A: Due to the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, on October 28 the AACR Board of Directors made the decision not to move forward with an in-person Annual Meeting 2021, and instead to present the meeting program in virtual format.

Q: What are the dates of the virtual Annual Meeting?
A: The Annual Meeting will be presented over two one-week periods, April 10-15 and May 17-21, 2021.

Q: What types of presentations will be featured in the Virtual Annual Meeting?
A: Invited Sessions. The virtual meeting will feature all of the invited session types that were planned for the in-person Annual Meeting, including:

Week 1: April 10-15, 2021

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Plenary Sessions
  • Major Symposia
  • Award Lectures
  • Advances in Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Advances in Organ Site Research
  • Advances in Prevention, Early Detection, and Interception
  • Advances in the Science of Cancer Health Disparities
  • Forums
  • Policy Sessions

Week 2: May 17-21, 2021

  • Educational Sessions and Methods Workshops
  • Meet the Expert Sessions
  • Professional Advancement Sessions

Most virtual invited speaker sessions will include a live Q&A component.

Proffered Abstract Sessions. Proffered papers that are selected for oral presentation will be presented in minisymposia that are accompanied by live Q&A sessions. Proffered papers selected for poster presentation will be given as e-posters supported by enhanced engagement and networking opportunities.

View the Program page on the Annual Meeting website for details.

Q: Will there be concurrent sessions during the virtual meeting?
A: Yes. Some sessions will be run concurrently. Sessions will be available for viewing on demand through the virtual meeting platform so that participants can access all available presentations.

Q: Will the sessions be available after the virtual meeting?
A: Yes. On-demand viewing options will be available. Standard registration will include on-demand access to all sessions through June 21, 2021.

Q: Can I receive a certificate of participation for the virtual Annual Meeting?
A: Yes, certificates of participation will be available to registered attendees at the conclusion of the virtual meeting.

Q: When will the abstracts of the virtual meeting presentations be made available?
A: Regular abstracts will be released on March 10, 2021. Clinical trial and late-breaking abstracts will be released on April 9, 2021. Visit the Key Dates page for more details.

Q: Will the virtual meeting include an exhibit show?
A: Yes. The Virtual Annual Meeting will include a robust Exhibit Show featuring a wide array of companies with the latest products and services for laboratory and clinical research.

ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION

Q: Do I need to pay a registration fee to participate in the virtual meeting?
A: Only registered users will be able to participate in the virtual meeting. Most registration categories will require payment of a registration fee. Registration is now open; the Early Registration deadline is January 15, 2021.

Q: I registered to attend the in-person Annual Meeting 2020, and I chose to have my registration fee deferred to the Annual Meeting 2021. What will happen to those fees?
A: Registrants who deferred their 2020 Annual Meeting registration fees will be provided with an option to apply these fees towards the Virtual Annual Meeting registration fee or to receive a full refund.

ANNUAL MEETING PRESENTERS

Q: Have the abstract deadlines changed due to the shift to a virtual meeting?
A: No, the abstract deadlines have not changed. The deadline for regular abstracts was Thursday, November 19, 2020, and the deadline for clinical trial and late-breaking abstracts is still Monday, January 11, 2021.

Q: Is it possible to withdraw my abstract?
A: Yes. Withdrawal requests can be sent to [email protected]. The deadline for regular abstract withdrawals is February 22, 2021.

Q: When will the abstracts accepted for presentation at the virtual Annual Meeting be published?
A: Regular abstracts will be released on March 10, 2021. Clinical trial and late-breaking abstracts will be released on April 9, 2021. Visit the Key Dates page for more details.

Q: Will I need to register for the virtual meeting to present my abstract?
A: Yes, abstract presenters will be required to register for the virtual meeting to present their proffered papers in minisymposia or poster sessions.

ANNUAL MEETING EXHIBITORS

Q: I am interested in exhibiting in the virtual meeting. Will there be opportunities available?
A: Yes, there will be opportunities for your company to participate. Contact the Exhibits Team at [email protected] for more information.

Q: I registered to exhibit at the in-person Annual Meeting 2020, and I chose to have my exhibitor fees deferred to the Annual Meeting 2021. What options are available to me?
A: Exhibitors who deferred their Annual Meeting 2020 registration fees will be contacted in early December with information about their options.

Other Questions. All other questions should be directed to [email protected].

ANNUAL MEETING SCHOLAR-IN-TRAINING AWARDS

Q: I was planning to apply for a Scholar-in-Training Award to support my attendance at the in-person meeting. Are these awards still available for the virtual meeting?
A: Yes. While no travel funds will be provided, recipients of Scholar-in-Training Awards will receive complimentary meeting registration as well as additional benefits. The deadline for applying for these awards was Thursday, November 19, 2020.

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (CME)

Q: Will the virtual meeting be accredited for CME?
A: Yes. The virtual AACR Annual Meeting 2021 will be a Continuing Medical Education Activity and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be available. If you are a physician, you can meet your Maintenance of Certification (MOC) point requirements; the meeting will be CME/MOC accredited.