Annual Meeting at EB 2020

Register now for our most important meeting of the year!

Members’ favorite resource is the Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB) — and for good reason — it’s the world’s largest gathering of anatomical science researchers and educators.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for EB

The health and well-being of Experimental Biology 2020 attendees is of the utmost importance to us. The EB management team and AAA is paying close attention to guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and is following the lead of these agencies and local health departments.

AAA and the EB management team will continue to monitor this situation, while moving forward with plans to deliver an exceptional meeting. Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits and follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information.

A group of frequently asked questions centered on COVID-19 is available on the EB website.

Who attends our Annual Meeting at EB?

  • Members & non-members
  • Faculty, college students, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, researchers
  • Areas of study/research include:
    • Education & teaching
    • Biological Anthropology
    • Cardiovascular Biology
    • Cell Biology
    • Developmental Biology
    • Imaging
    • Neurobiology
    • Stem Cells
    • Tissue Regeneration
    • Vertebrate Morphology

2020 Highlights

The most highly-rated and attended sessions are traditionally scientific, education, and professional development. Keynote and plenary speakers, poster programming, receptions, and the Anatomy Lounge are all crowd pleasers, too.

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Superb Science

  • Featured speakers
    • Steven J. Schiff, M.D, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker
    • Fiona Watt, Ph.D., Plenary Speaker
    • Cheng-Ming Chuong, M.D., Ph.D., Plenary Speaker
  • 50 symposia on topics in Educational Science Research & Teaching, Professional Development, and Basic & Clinical Science Research
  • Mini-Meeting on Stem Cells, Tissue Repair, & Regeneration
  • Cross-Society Programming with the four other EB host societies
  • Put your research in the spotlight — submit an abstract! Oral and poster presentations at EB 2020 will be programmed from submitted abstracts. Last-Chance Abstracts will be programmed as poster presentations. Science Outreach Abstracts will be featured in the EB Welcome Reception. For detailed submission guidelines, oral presentation and poster topics, and tips for submitting a successful abstract, visit our EB 2020 abstract page.

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Unmatched Networking & Career Advancement

  • Admission to all AAA sessions and events, including the President’s Reception sponsored by Wiley, Student & Postdoc Poster Reception, and the Anatomy Lounge
  • EB Welcome Reception and other joint society receptions and events
  • Exhibit hall, featuring poster presentations and 225 vendors
  • Career Central, including CV critique, career counseling, and a job board

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Awards & Recognition

The deadline for EB 2020 Travel Awards was Nov. 14, 2019.

  • Every year, we provide Travel Awards to help members pay their way to the Annual Meeting, with awards of $250 and $350 available for new and renewing AAA student/post-doctorate members who submit an abstract and present at the meeting. These awards are a popular source of support — plan ahead for 2021.
  • In addition to providing funds to offset travel costs, all travel award recipients are eligible for the onsite Competition Awards.
  • Celebrate the best of the industry at our Closing Awards Ceremony — purchase tickets now.

Can’t make it this year? Save the date for a future Annual Meeting at EB!

  • May 1-4, 2021: Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • 2022 and beyond: TBD

Looking for highlights from a past meeting?

[Coming Soon] We retain links to past meeting competition posters and platform award winners, meeting photos, session schedules and presenter information, social media highlights, and more. Check out our Annual Meeting Archives for key details from recent Annual Meetings.

EB 2020

April 4-7  |  San Diego, CA, USA

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Upcoming Deadlines

Hotel Reservation: Mar. 4, 2020
AAA headquarters hotel: Marriott Marquis
Advanced Registration
: Mar. 13, 2020
Closing Award Ceremony Tickets: Mar. 20, 2020

Expired Deadlines

Regular Abstracts: Nov. 18, 2019
Science Outreach Abstracts: Jan. 30, 2020
Last-Chance Abstracts: Jan. 30, 2020

What Attendees Say

“I value the enormous diversity of interests among members. Every time I attend a meeting, I come away with great new ideas for teaching, learning, research.” — Raj Ettarh, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Medical Education and Associate Dean of Assessment, California University of Science and Medicine, AAA member since 2009

What to expect

  • 150 expert speakers and thought leaders
  • More than 450 anatomy-related poster presentations
  • 50 symposia on topics in Educational Science Research & Teaching, Professional Development, and Basic & Clinical Science Research

Good to Know

AAA's Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with Experimental Biology (EB). AAA is one of the five sponsoring societies that collectively plan EB. All abstracts, registrations, and hotel reservations are submitted through EB. Some links will take you to the EB website,