Scientific Sessions

2021 AAAS Annual Meeting
February 8-11, 2021, Online

Deadline for submission: July 14, 2020 11:59 PM PT
Additional information about the virtual session format and F.A.Q. can be found here.

About the Format: As you may have heard, the 2021 AAAS Annual Meeting is going virtual. Online meetings are different than face to face meeting, so we have created a format aimed to making more of the program available to attendees.

Research topics which may be addressed include:

  • COVID-19
  • Toxins and pollution remediation
  • Artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, and human-machine interface applications
  • Modeling—traditional methods to quantum computing
  • Weathering extreme climate and geological changes
  • Microbiomes
  • Genetic engineering challenges
  • Social ecosystems
  • Systems of interaction and community-building both in-person and virtually
  • Invasive species

For the upcoming conference, instead of streaming one 90-minute scientific panels, each session will comprise of pre-recorded “spotlight videos” along with a live 35-minute full panel. Each accepted speakers will pre-record 20-minute “spotlight videos” to be released starting in January. The first half of the video will be the speaker presenting their work, followed by a discussion between the speaker and a respondent. During a live event in February, all session panelists will join together to discuss interactions among their work, as well as addressing audience questions.

The AAAS Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee is particularly interested in proposals that connect to the theme. However, proposals not directly related to the theme will be considered if they involve ground-breaking areas of research, new and exciting developments or new angles for approaching a topic, or cross-cutting activities in support of science, technology, and education.


February 16: 2021 Scientific Session and Career Workshop proposal submission sites publicly announced and opened at the Sunday plenary.
July 2: Deadline for sign-up to be a session proposal reviewer.
July 14: Deadline for submitting 2020 Scientific Session and Career Workshop proposals. Proposals will not be accepted after the deadline.
July 23: Proposal review opens.
July 30: Proposal review closes.
August 11-13: Program Committee meets to select Scientific Sessions, Seminars, Topical lecturers, and Career Workshops.

Attendees at a session.
Photo Credit: Robb Cohen Photography & Video
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AAAS is committed to making the Annual Meeting an inclusive space for sharing ideas and knowledge. View Our Policies
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February 8-11, 2021