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Virtual Meeting: Frequently Asked Questions

View the Official Statement Regarding the Move to a Virtual Meeting

Posted October 28, 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 dates of the April virtual meeting are still being finalized and will be announced no later than December 1, 2020.

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:

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Major Symposia
  • 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
  • Educational Sessions and Methods Workshops
  • Policy 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. Registration categories and rates will be announced no later than December 1, 2020.

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: The release dates for Annual Meeting abstracts will be announced no later than December 1, 2020.

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 categories and rates will be announced no later than December 1, 2020.

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 is still Thursday, November 19, 2020, and the deadline for clinical trial and late-breaking abstracts is still Monday, January 11, 2021.

Q: I already submitted my abstract. If I am not available to participate during the dates of the virtual meeting, can I withdraw my abstract?
A: Yes. Please send a withdrawal request to [email protected] before the November 19 abstract deadline.

Q: When will the abstracts accepted for presentation at the virtual Annual Meeting be published?
A: The release dates for abstracts are dependent on the meeting dates. The dates of the virtual meeting and the publication of abstracts will be announced no later than December 1, 2020.

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 no later than December 1 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 is still 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.