The next Annual Meeting will be held August 27 – September 2, 2021 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts USA

The 2020 AOAC INTERNATIONAL Annual Meeting & Exposition, Building the Future of Analytical Science, was held September 8-24, 2020. The meeting was an all-virtual event employing state of the art technology designed to maximize the presentation, discussion, and networking experience. View news articles about the Annual Meeting >

Check out the Virtual Annual Meeting blog.

Attendance at the AOAC Virtual Annual Meeting included all stakeholder panels, scientific sessions, exhibits, posters and special events. Registration covered live participation during the meeting and access to all information on the meeting platform until March 12, 2021.

New Mask Mandate in Boston

The city of Boston has just announced that beginning on August 27, masks are required for everyone over age two to wear a mask or face covering inside all public businesses, venues or other places that are open to the public. Face coverings may be removed when actively eating or drinking but will be required while ordering.

Visit the hotel website for the most up-to-date information.

A Robust Virtual Program

The virtual event made no compromises, with a program including scientific sessions, educational programs, forums, stakeholder panels, working groups, as well as posters and a virtual exhibit hall.

The Annual Meeting kicked off on September 8 with the Analytical Solutions Forum, two days of exploring emerging issues and technologies, followed by Working Group meetings over the rest of the week.

Attendees participated in twenty-eight scientific sessions that took place from September 8 to 24. The meeting wrapped up with award-winning student research presentations and a Hot Topic Symposium on COVID-19.  

A State of the Art Virtual Platform

AOAC worked closely with an advanced technology provider to stage an event that maximized the Annual Meeting experience.

Scientific session presentations were filmed at high-resolution broadcast quality and streamed with picture-in-picture functionality that allowed participants to maximize the presentations while simultaneously viewing the presenter and asking questions.

Networking, always a key aspect of the Annual Meeting, was facilitated by numerous events and sidebar opportunities in specific rooms, with video conferencing, chat, and Q&A comment functionality available throughout the meeting.

A virtual Exhibit Hall contained tiles displaying exhibitors, with the option to view product details, watch a video, or schedule a call with the exhibitor.

The virtual Poster Hall launched September 14, 2020 and will be available until March 12, 2021. Viewers can click a link to view an abstract, or dive deeper to view the full poster and pose questions to the poster author.

A Can’t Miss Opportunity…

The 134th AOAC INTERNATIONAL Annual Meeting and Exposition offered professional opportunities for all stakeholders:

  • Businesses: gain insights from scientific and regulatory experts… and understand trends and standards priorities.
  • Scientists: build professional expertise and share information and best practices.
  • Regulators:  leverage unprecedented opportunity for stakeholder collaboration on complex testing and analysis challenges… helping improve compliance and public safety.

Experience the AOAC Analytical Solutions Forum

The AOAC Analytical Solutions Forum serves as an “idea incubator.” It is a science-based, open meeting where global stakeholders from government, industry and academia can convene to share emerging issues that are impacting food safety, food defense and food security; and, to examine the role (and need) for analytical standards and methods. View the 2020 agenda >

Expand your expertise with AOAC analytical science training courses

Finally, AOAC invites attendees to expand their expertise with live online training courses to be announced later and held in early October.

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