Frequently Asked Questions

About the Meeting


Planning Your Program

Upgrades, Modifications, Cancellations, and Registration Transfers


When and where will the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo be held?

Due to the threat of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, AACC’s Board of Directors has made a pivotal decision: the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo will be held as a virtual event, rather than as a live meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The meeting will still occur from December 13-17, 2020, so please continue to hold those dates on your calendar.

We are excited by the unprecedented opportunity to reimagine AACC’s flagship scientific conference and expo on an innovative digital platform built for learning, collaboration, networking, and technology exploration. Most importantly, a virtual meeting ensures the safety of our global audience while providing greater accessibility and flexibility for our attendees to consume world-class scientific content in the way that is most convenient for them.

Find future dates and locations.

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.

In what ways will the virtual meeting be different from the in-person meeting?

We are committed to delivering a meeting experience comparable in value and impact to our typical face-to-face conference and expo. The virtual meeting will feature all of the offerings that our attendees have come to expect, including scientific sessions, poster sessions, the chance to discover new technology, and networking opportunities.

As an added bonus, the virtual platform will stay open for 4 weeks after the meeting ends until January 18, 2021.

The virtual meeting will follow a slightly different schedule than the in-person meeting has in past years, though. You can view this year’s schedule-at-a-glance here.

More information will be coming soon on the specifics of how the virtual platform will work for both the Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo portions of the conference.

What are the virtual exhibit hall hours?

The virtual exhibit hall will open at 8:30 a.m. U.S. Central Time on Sunday, December 13 and will remain accessible 24/7 through January 18, 2021.

During the meeting, exhibitors will have live booth staff available for appointments and to answer questions during the following hours:

Monday, Dec. 14

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. U.S. Central Time

Tuesday, Dec. 15

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. U.S. Central Time

Wednesday, Dec. 16

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. U.S. Central Time

Thursday, Dec. 17

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. U.S. Central Time

Exhibitors also have the option to set up appointments with attendees outside of these hours if they so choose.

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

No, there is no job fair or career fair associated with 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.


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 $260 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 (December 17, 2020) 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.

Even if you are registering a group, please note that a unique email is required for each registrant as this is how attendees will access the virtual platform.

Group registration is not available online.

What types of payment may I use when registering?

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

For registration by 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.


Where can I plan my itinerary for the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

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.

Are there networking or other activities at the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting?

With our virtual meeting platform’s state-of-the-art networking capabilities, we hope to enable attendees and exhibitors to exchange scientific and laboratory practice insights, make valuable professional connections, and grow your networks just as you would at an in-person meeting.

Attendees will have the ability to chat in groups throughout the course of the meeting and will be able to create chat groups based on topics of interest.

Furthermore, the virtual platform will feature an artificial intelligence-powered digital networking algorithm that will provide attendees and exhibitors with targeted networking recommendations to help you meet other people who are aligned with your professional goals and interests. Once the algorithm recommends connections, you can then reach out to these individuals through the virtual platform and schedule meetings with them throughout the course of the conference.

Just as at the in-person meeting, numerous auxiliary meetings will also take place during the week of the virtual conference that will be held by AACC Divisions and Local Sections, partnering organizations, educational entities, and international working groups. AACC and its official entities will also hold several special events over the course of the meeting, including the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians Mixer, and Division and Joint Division Mixers. Some of these events require a ticket.

Check back for more information on these auxiliary meetings and special events.


How do I add sessions to my existing Conference registration?

Most sessions are included in your full Conference registration (learn more about what's included here). Only ticketed sessions (AACC University and Roundtable sessions) require advance purchase.

You can add ticketed sessions online.

You can also print a Conference registration form and fax or mail it with your desired new sessions and payment.

How do I upgrade or modify my existing registration?

View our policy for upgrading or converting an in-person registration to a virtual option here.

If I can't attend, can someone take my place?  

For the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting:

If a Conference registrant is unable to attend, the registration may be transferred to another person through November 13. 

Contact the Customer Service Center for details at or 1.508.743.8506.

No Conference registration transfers are permitted after November 13.

For the Clinical Lab Expo:

There are no transfers of Expo Only registration.

What is the cancellation policy?

View our cancellation policy here.

Registration Is Open for the All Virtual 2020 AACC

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