Attend the Virtual 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo

The Virtual 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting will launch Monday, June 29.Attendees listening to speaker

In consideration of the current circumstances AOCS leadership has decided to offer free registration to all. If you would like to be notified when registration for the Virtual 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting opens please email Jamie Lourash.

If you have questions or need support, please contact an AOCS staff member.

Throughout the week of June 29 select presentations will feature a live question and answer chat with the presenter(s) and the audience. A schedule will be announced in June. Should you like to be notified when it is available please email Jamie Lourash.


An invitation to participate in the Virtual 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting was sent Monday, May 18, to the presenting author on accepted abstracts to the technical program for the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo (cancelled due to COVID-19). This invitation included all necessary login credentials and links. We ask that you login and indicate your agreement to participate by May 21, 2020.

If you were scheduled to be the presenting author and did not receive the message on May 18:

  • Please check your spam folder for the sender: “DoNotReply@conferenceharvester.com” and this subject line, “Welcome to the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo (Virtual).”
  • You might also check your filters and add this sender to your contacts list.
  • If you do not receive the email please get in touch to let us know.

A note for those who choose to participate in the virtual annual meeting:

  • Presentations uploaded to the virtual annual meeting platform will get their own DOI and creative commons license.
  • For those who opt to have their abstract included in the online JAOCS supplement, there will be one collective DOI for the whole abstract book.

What if I opt to not participate?

If you opt to not participate in this year’s virtual annual meeting, that will be considered the equivalent of withdrawing your abstract.

  • You are “participating” in the Virtual 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting if:
    • You opt to publish your abstract in the online JAOCS supplement.
    • You opt to present for the virtual meeting (video or PowerPoint presentation).
  • To present in the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, you will need to resubmit your abstract to the peer-review selection process for the 2021 annual meeting technical program.

Presentation Options

Oral Presenters

  • Upload your PowerPoint presentation and add synchronized audio (the platform for the virtual meeting provides an easy way to add audio synchronized to your slides; presentation time limit: 20 minutes).
  • Record and upload a video of your presentation created outside of the platform (presentation time limit: 20 minutes).
  • Upload your PowerPoint presentation (without audio).
  • Publish your abstract in a special JAOCS online supplement.

Poster Presenters

  • Upload your poster and add synchronized audio (the platform for the virtual meeting provides an easy way to add audio synchronized to your slides; presentation time limit: 10 minutes).
  • Upload your poster (without audio).
  • Publish your abstract in a special JAOCS online supplement.

Publication (Citation) Credit

Presentations at the virtual annual meeting will receive an individual D.O.I. and a creative commons license. The online JAOCS supplement will receive one D.O.I. for the special edition.

Transferring Presentations to the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting

Accepted presentations for the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting cannot be automatically transferred to 2021. Should you withdraw your abstract from the Virtual 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting you are welcome to re-submit for consideration in the 2021 Annual Meeting when call for papers opens. Accepted abstracts for 2020 will not receive preferential treatment in the 2021 review.

Using the Virtual Annual Meeting Platform

Our virtual platform has provided us with a poster presenter tutorial (.pdf) and an oral presenter tutorial (.pdf) as well as a video tutorial to help you get started with account creation and familiarizing yourself with the platform; however, AOCS will be providing more specific tutorials as well as personal assistance for the Virtual Annual Meeting around May 18. If you have questions or need support, please contact AOCS staff.


There are several exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Sterling Bollman, Advertising, Exhibit, and Sponsorships Sales, at sterling.bollman@aocs.org or Tisha Sarver, Meetings and Exhibits Specialist, at tisha.sarver@aocs.org.


The Virtual 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting will launch Monday, June 29.

In consideration of the current circumstances AOCS leadership has made the decisions to offer free registration to all. If you would like to be notified when registration for the Virtual 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting opens please email Jamie Lourash.

If you have questions or need support, please contact an AOCS staff member.

Throughout the week of June 29 select presentations will feature a live question and answer chat with the presenter(s) and the audience. A schedule will be announced in June. Should you like to be notified when it is available please email Jamie Lourash.

Contact Us

Patrick Donnelly

Patrick Donnelly
Chief Executive Officer

General feedback
If you have feedback about AOCS, its products or services, let me know!
Phone: +1 217-377-4384
Email: patrick.donnelly@aocs.org

Julie May

Julie May
Meetings Content Manager

Presenter Support
Get help with options and information for presenting at the virtual meeting.
Phone: +1 217-693-4815
Email: julie.may@aocs.org

Amy Garren

Amy Garren
Dir., Brand and Digital Strategy

Tech Support
Get help recording, uploading materials or accessing the virtual annual meeting site.
Phone: +1 217-693-4836
Email: amy.garren@aocs.org

Jeff Newman

Jeff Newman
Senior Director, Programs

2020 Annual Meeting Abstracts
Learn the steps to include your annual meeting abstract in the JAOCS Online Supplemental Issue.
Phone: +1 217-693-4816
Email: jnewman@aocs.org

Sterling Bollman

Sterling Bollmann
Sales Manager

Advertising and Sponsorships
Discover how advertising and sponsoring the Annual Meeting can broaden your company's reach.
Phone: +1 217-693-4901
Email: sterling.bollman@aocs.org

Tisha Sarver

Tisha Sarver
Meetings and Exhibits Specialist

Exhibits
Get assistance with exhibits at the virtual annual meeting.
Phone: +1 217-693-4831 
Email: tisha.sarver@aocs.org


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