Frequently Asked Questions

General

COVID-19 Safety

Registration

Planning Your Program (for In-Person Attendees)

Badges

Upgrades, Cancellations, and Registration Transfers

Bringing Guests

Transportation


General

When and where will the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo be held?

In 2021, the event will be at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, USA.

The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will take place September 26-30 and the Clinical Lab Expo will take place on September 28–30.

These meeting dates reflect the global timeline for coronavirus vaccinations, and we believe that this fall timeline will allow us to plan with confidence for a safe and healthy live, in-person meeting.

Find future dates and locations.

What is the address and phone number of the convention center?

Address:

Georgia World Congress Center – Building C
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
United States

+1.404.223.4000

Where can I find a map of the convention center?

You can view the floor plans of the Georgia World Congress Center here.

What is the difference between the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting conference and the Clinical Lab Expo?

The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting includes hundreds of educational sessions on a wide variety of timely laboratory medicine topics.

The Clinical Lab Expo is the exhibit tradeshow of the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and will host exhibitors in all areas of clinical laboratory science.

Can I earn CE/CME at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

Yes, attendees of the meeting’s scientific sessions can earn both ACCENT® continuing education (CE) credits and continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Is there a job fair or career fair at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

No, there is no job fair or career fair onsite at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

If you are looking for a position in the field of laboratory medicine, visit AACC’s Career Center to browse job listings from hundreds of clinical laboratories across the world.

Is AACC considering canceling or moving its meeting from Atlanta because of the recent Georgia voter legislation?

We recognize that the voter legislation recently passed in Georgia is controversial, and we have paid close attention to members’ concerns and to recent calls for a boycott of Georgia.

The Georgia legislation was passed after the commitment to move the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo to Atlanta had been made and – with such a large meeting happening so soon – it is not possible to move it yet again to another location.

Additionally, AACC heeds the calls from Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (and daughter of MLK), who opposed the bill but says that a boycott would hurt middle-class workers and those facing poverty.

We believe that holding the meeting in September will be a good way to support the people of Georgia and help bring economic opportunities to the state. We are also exploring ways that our community can help the Atlanta community during the week of our meeting.

COVID-19 Safety

What health safety measures will be in place at the Georgia World Congress Center?

The Georgia World Congress Center has received GBAC Star accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA Inc., the leading association for the cleaning industry. Accreditation is awarded to facilities that follow a high standard of cleaning, disinfection, and disease prevention and that follow proper cleaning and disinfection protocols and workplace practices.

AACC will also be implementing a comprehensive on-site COVID-19 safety plan.

Will meeting attendees be required to wear masks?

All event organizers, attendees, and guests will be required to wear face coverings inside and in line for any indoor public space; in any room or enclosed area where an individual is unable to distance from those outside their own households; and outside when within six feet of others.

Masks will also be available for purchase onsite or you can bring your own mask.

Does the convention center have on-site medical facilities?

First aid staff will be located at stations in the Georgia World Congress Center and will be able to assist attendees or exhibitors as needed.

Will there be hand sanitizer at the convention center?

Contactless hand sanitizing stations will be present throughout the building for use by all individuals.

Will badges be mailed?

Name badges will be mailed ahead of arrival to Atlanta All Access and Expo Only attendees to limit on-site queuing.

What social distancing measures will be in place at the convention center?

  • Signage and floor decals will be used to encourage social distancing in common areas.
  • Plexiglass separations will be placed at registration stations, points of sale locations, concession areas, etc.
  • Educational session start/end times will be staggered to encourage a reduced number of attendees in common areas.

What other COVID-19 safety measures will attendees need to follow?

By attending our 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, GA, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety while attending the event. This includes but is not limited to:

  • strictly adhering to our right of entry protocol and presenting both proof of vaccination AND negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test results;
  • wearing a mask at all times in public areas;
  • engaging in appropriate physical distancing;
  • not attending the event if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.

Find full details on vaccination and negative COVID-19 test requirements here.

Registration

What are the different registration types for the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo?

There are two different ways to attend the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo: with an in-person registration or Digital Pass Select registration.

Learn more about these registration options and what you'll get access to with each of them.

My AACC membership has expired or will expire before the end of the meeting. Do I need to renew it before registering for the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

The meeting is open to both AACC members and non-members. AACC members can save at least $300 on registration, so if you are an expired or non-member, we encourage you to renew or join during the online registration process.

Please also note that your AACC membership must be valid through the last day of the meeting (September 30, 2021) to be eligible for the discounted member registration fees. You may renew your membership when you register. Your renewed membership will be valid for one year from the date your payment is processed, or one year from your current expiration date, whichever is later.

How do I register a group?

To register a group of people, fax or mail one registration form per person according to the instructions on the form:

You can also contact the Customer Service Center or call 1.508.743.8506.

Please note, however, that group registration is not available online.

What types of payment may I use when registering?

You must pay for online registration by credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

For registration by fax or mail, we also accept checks (in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. correspondent bank), or wire transfers. Wire transfers can be made according to the instructions on the registration form.

Purchase orders are not accepted.

Can I register at the convention center?

Yes, you can register onsite. You will need to bring full payment and a government issued photo ID.

However, we strongly encourage pre-registration. Most importantly, pre-registering will allow you to receive your badge in the mail, which will help to limit on-site queuing—an essential part of AACC’s COVID-19 safety plan.

When you pre-register it will also help you:

  • Save money.
  • Secure a seat in ticketed sessions (which are open to Atlanta All Access registrants only). Please be aware that many ticketed sessions sell out in advance.

Planning Your Program (For In-Person Attendees)

Where can I plan my itinerary for the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

There are two easy ways to plan your itinerary at the meeting.

  1. Use the session search tool to explore all of the scientific sessions available at this year’s conference and plan your schedule. Tickets are not required unless you want to attend a Roundtable or AACC University session. Only these ticketed sessions will be selectable when you register.

     

  2. The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo mobile app allows you to build your meeting itinerary, search for sessions and speakers, find exhibitors by product and/or keywords, locate auxiliary meetings and industry workshops, and add personal meetings to your schedule.

The app will be available for download for Apple and Android users this summer.

Are there networking or other activities at the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

Numerous auxiliary meetings take place during the week of the conference that are held by AACC Divisions and Local Sections, partnering organizations, educational entities, and international working groups.

AACC and its official entities also hold several special events over the course of the meeting. Some of these events require a ticket. 

Do ticketed sessions require advance purchase?

Atlanta All Access and Daily in-person registrants can purchase tickets for AACC University and Roundtable sessions. Advance purchase is not required, but it is strongly recommended. Due to social distancing guidelines, ticketed sessions will have extremely limited space this year and are therefore even more likely to sell out early than in previous years.

Badges

Will badges be mailed?

Name badges will be mailed ahead of arrival to Atlanta All Access and Expo Only attendees to limit on-site queuing.

What if I don’t receive my badge in the mail or forget to bring it?

If you don’t receive your badge in the mail by the time of the meeting, or if you forget to bring it, you may pick up a new badge at any of several “All Badge Pickup” counters in the convention center.

Registration staff will also be available in the registration area of the convention center to help individuals who didn’t receive or who forgot their badges.

What if I need to make a correction to my mailed badge?

On-site registration staff will be able to make badge corrections.

Where do I pick up my badge if I am an exhibitor?

Exhibitors may pick up their badges in the registration area of the convention center. There will be signs to direct you to the correct registration area. If you pre-register, you may also pick up your badge at any of several “All Badge Pickup” counters in the convention center.

What do I need to bring to pick up my badge?

All registrants must show a government-issued photo ID to pick up their badges.

Each registrant must pick up his/her own badge; representatives of groups cannot pick up all the badges for that group.

It is helpful if you also bring your confirmation letter or have your confirmation email available on your mobile device.

Detailed badge pickup information will be emailed about one week before the meeting.

Upgrades, Cancellations, and Registration Transfers

How do I add sessions to my existing Atlanta All Access in-person registration?

Most sessions are included in your Atlanta All Access in-person registration (learn more about what’s included here). Only ticketed sessions (AACC University and Roundtable sessions) require separate purchase.

You can add ticketed sessions online.

You can also print an Atlanta All Access in-person registration form and fax or mail it with your desired new sessions and payment.

How do I change/upgrade my existing registration?

Most changes and upgrades can be done online.

You can also print an Atlanta All Access in-person registration form and fax or mail it with your desired changes and any required payment.

Upgrading From Digital Pass Select or Expo Only (In-Person) to an Atlanta All Access (In-Person) Registration

This can be done by:

  • Returning to the Registration Resource Center (either via this page or the link in your confirmation email) and selecting “Upgrade.”
  • Faxing or mailing in a printed All Access registration form according to the instructions on the form.

If you are combining an Expo Only and Daily in-person registration, however, you must make this change with the assistance of our Customer Service Center, which can be reached at [email protected] or 1.508.743.8506.

If I can't attend, can I transfer or cancel my registration?

View our cancellation/refund/transfer policy here.

Expo Only registration is now free. How do I get reimbursed if I registered before it was free?

If you already registered and paid for Expo Only registration with a credit card, we will automatically refund you by September 10. Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Bringing Guests

Can I bring a guest?

Guest in-person registration is available only with the purchase of an Atlanta All Access (in-person full conference) registration.

Only one guest is allowed per paid registration.

Guests are not eligible to purchase ticketed sessions or for continuing education credit.

Are children allowed in the convention center?

View the age requirements policy here.

Transportation

Is there transportation to the convention center from the hotels?

Yes. AACC provides shuttle bus service from most of the official hotels. Those that do not have shuttle bus service are either within walking distance of the convention center (1 to 3 blocks) or are serviced by a shuttle stop at a nearby hotel.

Is there transportation to the convention center from the airport?

AACC does not provide transportation from the convention center to the airport. There are taxi cabs and ride sharing options available.

You can also take MARTA—Atlanta’s public transportation system—from the airport to the Georgia World Congress Center. Learn more about taking MARTA here.

Register for 2021 AACC

Join us in Atlanta, Georgia, September 26-30 to explore the cutting-edge science and technology shaping the future of laboratory medicine.

AACC’s COVID-19 Safety Plan

Check out the latest updates as of September 13 on onsite COVID-19 testing at the meeting and how to mitigate your COVID-19 risk while traveling.