The AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is more than just a conference — it is a prime opportunity to advance your career and grow your network, all in one place. Professionals from all over the world come together online and in-person to share insights and perspectives while building new connections.


Registration for the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo will open January 4, 2021.

Join AOCS today and save US $200 off your Annual Meeting registration. AOCS membership provides immediate access to a global network of experts in fats, oils, proteins, surfactants and related materials.

For additional information about AOCS membership, please visit our membership webpage or contact Karen Kesler at or +1 217-693-4813.

Get approval

Budgets are tighter than ever these days. Funds traditionally set aside for training, professional development and relationship building are being rerouted due to the unprecedented impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

AOCS wants to help you get approval to use your budgeted dollars to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. Use this budget justification toolkit (PDF) to help you get approval.

Registration types

AOCS Members and Student Members will enjoy special registration rates. All other attendees will be able to register at the standard, nonmember rate.

Registration includes access to the meeting in May 2021, as well as on-demand access to all virtual presentations and posters for 30 days after the meeting has ended. Plus, AOCS Members will enjoy extended access to the virtual presentations and posters through April 2022!

  • 80+ live broadcast technical sessions
  • Featured Sessions, Hot Topic Symposia, and live exhibitor presentations
  • Interactive expo hall
  • Networking events, including the 5K Fun Run/Walk
  • AOCS Journals’ Research Pitch Competition
  • Poster presentations and AOCS Student e-Poster Pitch Competition

Corporate members

AOCS Corporate Members may receive complimentary and/or special, discounted registrations. Contact Karen Kesler at or +1 217-693-4813 for information on corporate benefits.

Special Discount Consideration

AOCS is aware of and sympathetic to the impact the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the industry. We want to do our best to provide special accommodations to interested parties who wish to attend the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, but, due to certain circumstances, feel they cannot afford it.

If you have recently been furloughed or laid off but are interested in attending the meeting, please email Karen Kesler at or call her +1 217-693-4813.

Registration Policies

All attendees must be registered and pay the appropriate registration fee to access the virtual meeting platform. Registration will be available for the event from January 4 through May 31, 2021.

Submit only one registration per form or online session.

AOCS Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions, and Code of Conduct
Antitrust Policy
Presenter Registration

All presenters are required to register and pay the appropriate registration fees to present and attend the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. Failure to register for the meeting by April 19, 2021, will automatically withdraw your presentation from the official meeting program. Presenters are responsible for their own registration fees and any other expenses incurred in relation to the Annual Meeting. Invited speakers should contact their Division Vice Chairperson or Session Chairperson to clarify invitation terms.

Registration Cancellation/Refund Policy

All cancellation/refund request must be received in writing by March 31, 2021 to receive a full refund. Cancellation/refund requests should be submitted to the AOCS Registrar, Karen Kesler, at Refund request received on or after April 1, 2021 will not be honored.

Attendee List Scam

AOCS does not sell email lists of members or meeting registrants. Distribution or other use of the list without AOCS’ express authorization is strictly prohibited. Third party “pirate” companies reach out to delegates and exhibitors offering to sell these lists often with the primary objective of obtaining credit card information. AOCS is aware that these solicitations occur but has no affiliation with these companies. Please contact the annual meetings team with any questions or concerns at

Recording Policy

No image capturing or recording, please. The capturing of images, sounds or stream, downloading, or rebroadcasting of technical session (oral or poster) speakers or presentations is strictly prohibited within the AOCS virtual meetings platform.