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Message Regarding Cancellation of the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2020

March 06, 2020

The ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2020, set to take place April 4-7 in San Diego, California, has been cancelled. 

As we have previously communicated via email, on our website and on social media, the EB leadership has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). Based on the latest guidance from public health officials, the travel bans implemented by different institutions, and the state of emergency declared in California less than 48 hours ago, it became clear to us that cancelling was the right course of action.

ASPET does not take this unprecedented decision lightly, but our primary concern must be focused on the safety and well-being of our members, attendees, staff, partners, and our communities. 

Registration Refund

Everyone who has registered to attend the meeting will receive a refund within the next 45 days. Once your registration cancellation is processed, you will receive confirmation in a separate email. Please do not contact anyone at EB or ASPET as your refund will automatically be processed.

Cancel Your Travel Arrangements

Please remember, you are responsible for cancelling any personal arrangements you have made, such as travel and housing reservations.

What's Next

ASPET has many steps to take over the coming months, including assessing the financial impact of this drastic, but necessary, cancellation of our largest event.  While we recognize our decision to cancel as the right one, the Society's contracts with our many vendors and host hotel require that we work in coordination with our legal counsel and insurance provider to mitigate the financial loss to our organization and its members.  Unfortunately, it may still be significant, and we ask for your patience as we work through the process. 

Getting Updates

Through all of this, we remain committed to you and we will make every effort to be transparent about this situation.  As additional information becomes available, ASPET will notify you via the website, email, and social media.

To view the cancellation message from Experimental Biology, please click here.

To view the FAQ's on the Experimental Biology website, please click here.

To view the ASPET FAQ’s, please click here.

Looking Forward

We thank you for understanding the extreme difficulty of this decision and for your commitment and tremendous efforts towards the meeting.  Whether your role was as a society leader, a speaker, a session chair, an exhibitor, a sponsor, or an attendee, we are immensely grateful for the time, energy, and expertise you offered.

The ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology will return stronger in 2021 and will again bring together our vibrant community to celebrate achievements in our field, explore the latest scientific advances, and spend invaluable time interacting with your fellow scientific colleagues. We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 1-4, 2021.

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