Free media registration will open in April for the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, the world’s largest event for laboratory medicine taking place July 26-30 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

Please note that marketing executives, sales representatives, public relations executives, analysts, consultants, authors, and researchers may not register as media.

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What Do You Get Access to as Registered Press?

As a media registrant, you will have access to scientific sessions, plenary sessions, the exhibit hall, and the poster hall.

Roundtable sessions are closed to the press due to their small attendance size, but we will be happy to schedule interviews with roundtable speakers.

Photography and Videotaping

Registered media are allowed to take photos and video record in the exhibit hall, but only after receiving prior approval from the AACC Communications team and arranging for an AACC staff member to escort the photography or film crew. Registered media must also receive approval from the exhibitors whose booths they are photographing/videotaping.

Registered media may not take photos or videotape any AACC Annual Scientific Meeting sessions.

Requests to take photographs or videotape in other parts of the convention center outside the exhibit hall and sessions will be reviewed and approved by the AACC Communications team on a case-by-case basis.

To submit a photography/videotaping request and/or to arrange for an escort in the exhibit hall, please send the following information to AACC Senior Manager of Communications & PR, Christine DeLong:

  • Purpose of the photography/video shoot
  • Planned location of the shoot within the convention center
  • Planned date and time of shoot

Embargo Policy

The abstracts selected for presentation at the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo will be available online this summer either in late June or early July. The information contained in the abstracts is embargoed until AACC makes them available online.

The media, companies and institutions issuing press releases, and others are required to abide by this embargo policy.

Onsite Press Room

AACC will have an onsite press room at McCormick Place Convention Center (the room number will be available in April).

As a media registrant, you can pick up your badge and other meeting materials in the onsite press room when you first arrive at the convention center.

The press room offers WiFi and laptop hookups, and you are welcome to make yourself comfortable here to work on stories. Additionally, free breakfast and lunch will be available for registered press each day of the meeting.

Please note that you must be registered as media to use the press room. Company and public relations representatives may enter the room to drop off press materials, but are not permitted beyond the entryway table.


Registered media may use the interview room at McCormick Place Convention Center to conduct interviews for editorial news coverage (the room number will be available in April). Use of this room for interviews is by appointment only and is subject to availability.

Media interviews may also be conducted in the AACC press room or within the confines of a company’s booth as long as the photography and videotaping policies of the AACC exhibit hall are observed.

To reserve the interview room, please contact Christine DeLong.

Press Conference Schedule

Press conferences will be held at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting on Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 29.

The press conference schedule will be available online in late July.

If you are an AACC exhibitor interested in holding a press conference, you can learn more here.

Registered Media List

An initial list of registered media expected to attend the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will be made available on Friday, July 10. Requests for the media list will be accepted starting June 19. For more information, please contact Christine DeLong.


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Christine DeLong
Senior Manager, Communications & PR

Molly Polen
Senior Director, Communications & PR