The 2022 AAAS Annual Meeting Will Convene Online, February 17-20

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the AAAS Board of Directors, and the entire leadership and staff of AAAS, we wish you a happy, productive, and, above all, healthy new year.

As always, it is a busy time of year for AAAS, with the next six weeks focused on bringing you thought-provoking and valuable scientific sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and more at the AAAS Annual Meeting in February. Throughout our planning, we have been closely monitoring the developments in the pandemic and, while we were once quite optimistic about the prospects of gathering safely in-person, the conditions of the past several weeks have required us to reevaluate. As such, we have made the difficult decision to forego the in-person component of the AAAS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and convert to an entirely virtual convening.

This is certainly not the path we would have liked. For those of you who were planning to join us in Philadelphia, we were excited to once again experience the camaraderie that can only come from being together. However, the health and safety of our attendees and staff are our top priorities, and, under the decision-making framework that we established at the beginning of the pandemic, we could not reasonably guarantee that health and safety in a way that did not compromise the continuity of operations for a successful in-person meeting. Our registration data also make clear that many of our attendees are not yet comfortable resuming large, in-person gatherings.

We will be in touch soon with more detailed information, including refunds for in-person registrations. In the meantime, we ask that you hold onto any specific questions you might have until our teams can finalize the many details involved in this transition.

Advance (discounted) registration for the virtual meeting is available through January 24. We hope you will join us for the compelling content, powerful professional development in our new-and-improved virtual meeting space, February 17-20. The virtual platform, including Scientific Session Spotlight Videos, will be available beginning in late January.

We are grateful to our partners in Philadelphia – including and especially Drexel University, our official Host University – who have been wonderful during the multi-year planning process for this meeting. We look forward to featuring many unique and exciting elements of Philadelphia in our virtual space, and thank the entire community for their support.

We hope that each of you stays safe and healthy during these times, and we look forward to seeing you online in the weeks ahead.


Susan G. Amara, PhD 
President, AAAS
Chair, 2022 Annual Meeting

Sudip S. Parikh, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, AAAS
Executive Publisher, Science Journals

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