Frequently Asked Questions

About the Meeting


Planning Your Program


Upgrades, Cancellations, and Registration Transfers

Bringing Guests



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

After carefully monitoring the ongoing global crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, AACC is pleased to announce that the organization will be able to preserve the complete conference experience for attendees by moving the meeting to December 13-17, 2020. The association’s leadership determined that rescheduling is the best way to safeguard the health of meeting attendees, partners, and staff, which is AACC’s number one priority.

The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will take place December 13-17 and the Clinical Lab Expo will take place on December 15-17.

The event will still be held at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Find future dates and locations.

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

McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Where can I find a map of the convention center?

You can view the floor plans of McCormick Place 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. 

What are the exhibit hall hours?

Tuesday, December 15

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, December 16

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, December 17

9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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. 


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 (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.

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 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. 

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. When you pre-register it will help you:

  • Save money.
  • Reduce the time you spend in lines. Some attendees have waited up to 1 hour to register onsite.
  • Secure a seat in ticketed sessions (which are open to Conference registrants only). Please be aware that many ticketed sessions sell out in advance.


Where can I plan my itinerary for the 2020 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 later this year.

Are there networking or other activities at the 2020 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, including the AACC Opening Mixer & Division Networking Event, the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians Mixer, and Division and Joint Division Mixers. Some of these events require a ticket.

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


Will badges be mailed?

Badges will not be mailed in advance.

Where do I pick up my badge?

You may pick up your badge 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 and headquarter hotels. Detailed badge pickup information will be emailed about one week before the meeting.

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.


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 change/upgrade my existing registration?

Most changes and upgrades can be done online. 

You can also print a Conference registration form and fax or mail it with your desired changes and any required payment.

Upgrading From Expo Only to Conference Registration

This can be done by:

For the following changes, however, you must make them with the assistance of our Customer Service Center, which can be reached at or 1.508.743.8506:

  • Combining an Expo Only and a Daily registration
  • Conference transfers on or before October 29 (see question below, “If I can’t attend, can someone take my place?”)

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 October 29. 

Contact the Customer Service Center for details at or 1.508.743.8506.  

No Conference registration transfers are permitted after October 29.

For the Clinical Lab Expo:

There are no cancellations, refunds, or transfers of Expo Only registration.

What is the cancellation policy?

View the cancellation policy here.


Can I bring a guest?

Guest registration is available only with the purchase of a full Conference registration. 

Only one guest is allowed per paid registration. 

Guests are not eligible for continuing education credit.

Can I bring my spouse to the Opening Mixer on Sunday?

Yes, as long as your spouse is registered for the full Conference, has a Guest registration, or has a free Sunday Daily registration. 

Are children allowed in the convention center?

View the age requirements policy here.


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 parking near the convention center? 

Yes, onsite private vehicle parking is available at McCormick Place. The standard parking rate is $16 per day. Payment is due upon entry and there are no in and out privileges. Learn more about parking and rates. If you have parking questions, call McCormick Place at +1.312.808.3125.

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.

New Virtual Options Added to Live Meeting

We are excited to announce that AACC will provide a virtual platform in which select education sessions, access to exhibitors, and other networking events will be available.

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