The Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting will take place using the Zoom conferencing app. Any session originally scheduled for St. Louis may be held in the Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting. Panels will receive instructions on signing up for a session date and time. Once sessions are scheduled, ASECS will publish a Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting Program listing the speakers.

Click on Virtual Sessions—upper right-hand corner of this page—for information on individual sessions and forms for session chairs and prospective audience members.

The ASECS Business Office will host the Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting sessions, managing audience access and ensuring that the panels are secure from Zoom-bombing. Sessions will normally be held during Business Office hours (Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am- 5:00 pm EST and Fridays 9:30 am – 1:30 pm). Accommodations can be made for earlier or later times if sessions will have participation from many European or West Coast members.

Orientation on managing Zoom sessions will be provided to panel chairs.

Any panel that has a chair and at least two speakers may participate in the Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting. Substitute speakers may be included in the session as long as they are members of ASECS or of an ISECS affiliate society and registered for the Annual Meeting. Sessions will be allotted 90 minutes and should include 20 minutes for discussion.

Members of ASECS and members of affiliate societies need not have registered for the meeting in St. Louis in order to join the audience of the Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting. Presenters may invite students, colleagues or family to register for a seat in the audience. For reasons of security, no one will be admitted to a session who has not registered as an audience member.

Sessions for the Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting must be requested by May 1 and take place no later than November 30. All sessions held in the Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting format are official ASECS sessions.


Alternatives to the Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting

To make alternative arrangements for holding a session originally approved for the 2020 Annual Meeting (for example, to host a session using a different platform), panel chairs should contact the ASECS Office directly.


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If you have questions about your membership status, please do not hesitate to contact the ASECS Business Office.


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