AOAC is finalizing the details for poster submission for a virtual poster hall. We request that you do not submit a poster until we have more specific information. Poster deadlines and Virtual Annual Meeting Registration rates will be available soon.

To submit a poster you must first register for the  2020 AOAC Annual Meeting. Go to the registration page >

Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to access the poster submission site Catalyst.  Kindly follow the instructions to submit your poster.

Poster topic categories

  • Agriculture and Environment
    Chemical Methods related to the analysis of environmental and agriculture samples
  • Analysis of Foodborne Contaminants and Residues
    Naturally present or produced DURING processing (e.g. heavy metals, PSP, acrylamide, 3-MCPD) but not something that is administered by man, such as pesticides or veterinary drugs
  • Analysis of Non-Foodborne Contaminants and Residues
    Includes all externally added contaminants (e.g. pesticides and veterinary drugs) but NOT natural toxins like Mycotoxins or PSP
  • Biostimulants
    Approaches to the analysis of biostimulants or samples (environmental, agricultural, or foods) impacted by the use of biostimulants
  • Botanicals and Dietary Supplements
    Methods or developments related to botanicals and dietary supplements
  • Data Analytics
    Novel approaches for use of advanced pattern recognition and other tools for interpretation of data to ensure food and supplement quality and safety
  • Detection and Measurement of Natural Toxins
    PSP, Mycotoxins
  • Filth and Extraneous Materials
    Methods to detect foreign objects in foods and other consumable products
  • Food Authenticity/ Food Fraud
    Methods to determine truthfulness of identity of ingredients ​in foods and to detect deliberate fraudulent actions on foods
  • Food Nutrition and Food Allergens
    Nutritional methods, GI, Food Allergen methods and issues
  • General Methods, Quality Assurance and Accreditation
    Quality Assurance and Accreditation; and any methods that do NOT fit in ANY of the other categories
  • Genomics
    Application of sequencing technology to ensure food and supplement quality and safety
  • Hemp and Cannabis
    Novel approaches for the analysis of Cannabis products, including hemp
  • Laboratory Automation
    Approaches implementing technology to increase throughput or improve data quality
  • Microbiological Methods
    Microbiological methods for food and the environment
  • Miscellaneous
    This Poster Session will include topics that are not covered within the other poster presentation topics listed
  • Performance Tested MethodsSM
    Validated methods for programs requiring increased confidence and method reproducibility information

Poster abstract submission instructions

  1. Pre-register for the Annual Meeting:
    At least one of the poster authors must pre-register for the AOAC Annual Meeting in order to gain access to the poster submission web site.
  2. Not Registered? Register online today with a credit card.
  3. Confirmation and Access for Abstract Submission:
    Once you have registered, check your email for your pre-registration confirmation.  With the email confirmation, you will be granted the URL to submit your poster abstract online.
  4. Log-In Procedures for the Poster Abstract Submission Site:
    After accessing the Submission Site, you will be directed to log in as a new user, to create a new account.

NOTE: The username/password for the submission site is NOT your AOAC account login/password.  The submission site uses separate login credentials.

New and Returning Users

If you were a submitter last year, please sign in with your username and password from last year. Your username is your email address. If your email address has changed since last year (new employer, for example), do not use your previous email. Select, ‘Create New Account’ to create a new account. Check your email for a confirmation of your new account. From this email message, click “Confirm Account” to finish creating your account.

If you have not yet created an account in CATALYST, click “Create New Account” and set up an account. Check your email for a confirmation of your new account. From this email message, click “Confirm Account” to finish creating your account.  Once confirmed, you can start your abstract confirmation submission.

All abstracts must be submitted via the online submission site.

Abstract Requirements

  • Abstract body only. Do not include title, authors, references, credits, or grant support.
  • Use only text. You will not be able to enter graphs, charts, diagrams, boxes, borders or tables.
  • Do not include keywords. AOAC does not publish a key words index in the Final Program.
  • All abstracts must use correct grammar and punctuation. Proofread carefully for formatting, spelling and grammar. Abstracts will be published exactly as submitted.
  • Abstracts dealing with commercial products or services must have a scientific emphasis and should not be submitted for promotion purposes.
  • Special Characters: In most cases, Greek letters and other special characters will transfer from your word processing software. The “Ω” special character palette is available if needed.
  • Character Limit: There is a limit of 1500 characters for the body text (including spaces) of your abstract submission.

Abstract withdrawal

Abstract withdrawal requests must be submitted no later than August 3, 2020 to avoid publication.  If you choose to withdraw your abstract prior to the August 3, 2020 submission deadline, you may delete the abstract submission through the online submission system.

Abstract submission deadlines

  • Early Deadline:  EXTENDED to June 18, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
    For inclusion in the Preliminary Program.
  • Final Deadline: August 3, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
    For inclusion in the Final Program and Presentation at the Annual Meeting

Pre-Registration deadline for poster authors

Pre-register for the Annual Meeting:
At least one of the poster authors must pre-register for the AOAC Annual Meeting in order to gain access to the poster submission web site.

Poster Authors Pre-Registration Deadline:  July 27, 2020.

Application may take 2-3 business days to process.

Not Registered? Register online today with a credit card.

Preliminary deadline

The Preliminary Program is made available to the Association’s constituency in mid-June and provides an overview of the Annual Meeting and a preview of the technical program. Poster abstracts submitted and confirmed by June 18, 2020 will be listed in the Poster Presentation section of the Preliminary Program.

Final deadline

The AOAC mobile app will be available for download at the end of August.  It will include a full abstract listing and author index for all Poster Presentations at the Annual Meeting. The final deadline to submit a poster abstract for inclusion in the Poster Presentation section of the mobile app is August 3, 2020. 

Contest for first-time AOAC poster presenters

This contest is to encourage active participation of attendees to showcase their analytical work in the relevant areas of fields of research that fit the scope of AOAC. You must submit your Poster Presentation by August 3, 2020.

  • AOAC-TPC (Technical Programming Council) will appoint a panel of judges representing expertise from diverse areas of analytical communities of AOAC.
  • The posters will be evaluated based on content, oral delivery, discussion with presenters (Q/A) and overall formatting during the author’s presentation time at the Meeting. Eligibility to participate will be limited to first-time poster presenters only.
  • The top five posters will be awarded plaques. The names of the winning presenters and first authors will be announced during the Annual Meeting at the AOAC Business Meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
  • Winners will be published in the 2020 November/December issue of Inside Laboratory Management (ILM).
  • In order to enter the contest, you must first register for the Annual Meeting. Once registered, you may submit a poster presentation through the online submission site. More details regarding the Contest are located on the submission site.

Notice of Final poster Acceptance

All Poster authors will be notified of their acceptance for presentation at the Annual Meeting and inclusion in the AOAC mobile app by August 19, 2020. A final poster listing, including assigned poster numbers and detailed presentation information, will also be made available by  August 27, 2020.

Official meeting language

The official language at the AOAC Annual Meeting is English.

Questions and assistance

Email: [email protected]