Update May 18

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing actions taken globally to limit the spread of the virus, the ASPB Board of Directors has decided to convert Plant Biology 2020 to a fully online conference that includes both synchronous (real-time livestream) and asynchronous (on demand) access for attendees.

The Plant Biology 2020 Worldwide Summit will take place from July 27 to July 31. The schedule will provide the full suite of Plant Biology experiences – just online – where we will create an educational, collaborative, and participatory experience for attendees.

All talks will be recorded for access on demand by registered participants, and virtual posters will be available for viewing shortly before, during, and after the meeting. These and other novel features that embrace the online format can be accessed through your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Please sign up here to be notified when we reopen registration and for additional information, and please start here for answers to questions you probably already have.

As always, we greatly appreciate your patience and commitment to the Plant Biology conference, and look forward to convening the plant science community online in July.


Update – April 17, 2020

ASPB is announcing several important updates to Plant Biology 2020 registration policies in light of the current circumstances. Although final decisions are still pending and will be announced within 2 to 3 weeks, we are optimistic that the meeting will go forward, while we continue to explore options that include online access to meeting content. We are encouraged that 95% of speakers have let us know they would be happy to participate in the conference even if it is virtual. We understand that everyone’s plans have been disrupted, so we thank you for your patience – and your input – as we work to figure this out.

Until we can provide further information regarding the conference format, we want to make the registration decision as easy as possible for you. We are therefore continuing to offer early bird registration rates; there will be no increase in fees. Moreover, we are waiving the $50 processing fee that would ordinarily apply to cancelled registrations, allowing for full registration refunds if requested.

The more information we can gather from our community, the better – in that regard, we would greatly appreciate you filling out this quick survey with a few questions asking for your thoughts about Plant Biology 2020.


Again, we thank you for your patience and commitment to the Plant Biology conference.



Update – March 25, 2020

As the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic become increasingly serious, ASPB’s Plant Biology 2020 contingency planning efforts have gathered pace. Among other possibilities, those plans currently include exploring the feasibility of options for online access to meeting content – including the networking and other peer-to-peer connections that are such a crucial part of Plant Biology conferences.  Decisions are still pending; we will share more detailed information as soon as we are able to do so. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and commitment to the Plant Biology conference.


Update – March 18, 2020

Planning continues uninterrupted for ASPB’s upcoming Plant Biology 2020 conference in Washington, DC, on July 25 to 29, 2020.  Plenary and concurrent symposia are taking shape; workshops are being scheduled; and registration is strong and on target based on our historical attendance data: we are looking forward to another great meeting.

Although we are excited to feature our usual excellent science and networking opportunities during Plant Biology 2020, our first concern is for the health and well-being of our attendees, staff, and local DC community.  We are carefully monitoring the evolving status of COVID-19. All decisions will be made in consultation with local health authorities and guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other relevant agencies.  We are also making contingency plans, including exploring a variety of options for online and remote access to meeting content, in case circumstances merit implementing them.

We ask for your patience and commitment to the conference as we monitor and evaluate the situation. We will update you regularly, and we will share our contingency plans with you as they develop.

In the meantime, we continue our work to make Plant Biology 2020 a great success for all.

We will post all future PB20 COVID-19-related updates on this page.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at pbregistration@aspb.org.

For additional broader information and updates regarding ASPB’s responses to COVID-19 and its impacts on our community, please see https://aspb.org/covid-19/.