Conference Program

From Plenary Sessions featuring world-renowned scientists to intimate Roundtable sessions geared for lively discussion on hot topics, the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo offers something for everyone in laboratory medicine.

More than 250 educational sessions in a variety of settings will give you the knowledge you need to advance professionally and develop adaptive solutions for today's complex, challenging healthcare environment.

Program Overview

Take a peek at the Program Guide and be sure to Download the Mobile App for the most up-to-date information. 

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Plenary Sessions

The 2021 lineup of plenary speakers is a who's who of scientific discovery and clinical innovation. The five sessions—offered Sunday through Thursday—offer insights not only into the future of healthcare but also current practices that are making a difference in medicine today.

Sunday: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Included in in-person (Atlanta All Access, Daily, or Guest) registration and Digital Pass Select registration.

Scientific Sessions

Scientific Sessions cover a broad range of subjects at basic, intermediate, or advanced levels of practice. These sessions, presented by highly regarded speakers in traditional lecture format, cover the gamut of laboratory medicine topics, from analytical challenges to emerging technologies and testing methods.

Monday
Morning: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Mid-Day: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
Afternoon: 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday
Morning: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Afternoon: 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 

Thursday
Morning: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Included in in-person (Atlanta All Access, Daily, or Guest) registration. Digital Pass Select registration will also include 16 select scientific sessions.

Meet the Experts

After their presentations, our plenary speakers and other invited experts join in informal, in-depth conversations in an intimate setting that encourages questions-and-answers and free-form dialogue.

Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Included in in-person (Atlanta All Access, Daily, or Guest) registration. Seating is limited to 26 people, first come, first served.

Chair’s Invited Session

Each year the chair of AACC's Annual Meeting Organizing Committee develops a special session of particular importance to laboratory medicine. This year’s presentation is, “New Technologies and Innovations to Improve the Clinical Laboratory.”

Monday: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Included in in-person (Atlanta All Access, Daily, or Guest) registration.

AACC Immediate Past President's Invited Session

Every year, AACC's President organizes a session that covers a topic of professional interest and relevancy to the clinical laboratory field. This year’s presentation is, “Measurably Better Healthcare: Elite Winners from the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence Awards Share Their Collaborative, Practice-Based Efforts that Transformed Healthcare Delivery.”

Monday: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Included in in-person (Atlanta All Access, Daily, or Guest) registration.

Ticketed Sessions

Tickets for the following sessions can be purchased by Atlanta All Access and Daily in-person registrants:

Roundtables

Offered twice daily—early morning and at lunchtime—the Roundtable sessions (previously called Brown Bag sessions) are limited to 5 participants, giving attendees the opportunity to pose questions without the pressure of a large audience. Expect lively discussion, active exchange, and even debate. Food will be available for purchase near these sessions.

Monday-Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m.

Roundtable sessions are ticketed events and sell out quickly. For best availability, register early. Fee: $25 if purchased by September 24. $30 if purchased after September 24.

AACC University

AACC University courses are a great option if you don't have the time to attend the full conference. This collection of sessions, held exclusively on Sunday before the official start of the annual scientific meeting, enables participants to catch up on best practices and emerging science without committing to more than one day. As a bonus, AACC University participants are invited to attend the Sunday Plenary Session and the AACC Opening Mixer.

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

AACC University sessions are ticketed events. You can either attend half-day courses in the morning and/or afternoon or a full day course. View fees here.

Special Sessions

Sunday Special Session

A special session at this year’s meeting will cover how the pandemic forced laboratory medicine into the spotlight unlike any other event in modern history. As such, the media became the mouthpiece for the dissemination of most information, both that which was factual and that which was fiction. This session illustrates the experience of a journalist whose career quickly pivoted to cover timely breakthroughs related to lab allocation, resulting, and testing. Further, his dual role as a journalist and co-founder of The COVID Tracking Project allowed him unique insight into how to communicate big data to the country. To this day, The COVID Tracking Project is unsurpassed by any other data repository.

Sunday: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Included in in-person (Atlanta All Access, Daily, or Guest) registration and Digital Pass Select registration.

AACC Disruptive Technology Award Session

In AACC’s Disruptive Technology Award session, diagnostic developers will present data on innovative artificial intelligence and machine learning-based testing solutions to a panel of expert judges, who will then choose the winning testing solution based on feasibility and performance. 

Monday: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Included in in-person (Atlanta All Access, Daily, or Guest) registration and Digital Pass Select registration.

CSCC President’s Invited Session

With this year’s meeting being held in partnership with the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC), CSCC’s President has organized the special session, “Bringing Laboratory Testing Closer to the Patient: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”

Thursday: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Included in in-person (Atlanta All Access, Daily, or Guest) registration.

Digital Pass Select Sessions

This year, 23 select sessions will be livestreamed during the meeting and will also be accessible on demand after the meeting. These sessions include the plenary sessions, the Sunday special session, the Disruptive Technology Award session, and 16 scientific sessions covering hot topics in the field. View the full list of sessions here.

Digital Pass Select registrants will have access to these 23 sessions from September 26 – November 1, 2021, and will be able to watch the sessions via livestream or on demand starting 24 hours after each session first airs.

Atlanta All Access in-person registrants will also be able to access these sessions on demand from October 1 – November 1, 2021.

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.