COVID-19 Statement

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.


Last updated 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

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