The ASCB and EMBO invite the submission of abstracts that report new scientific research developments in the areas of cell biology. Abstracts are welcome from scientists and students in all sectors, including academia, industry, government, and education.
All abstracts submitted for the Cell Bio Virtual 2020 Meeting are screened to ensure they meet the minimum submission standards outlined in the guidelines. All abstracts that meet these standards are accepted*. Abstracts are not peer-reviewed, but they are able to be cited.
Abstracts will be published online ONLY prior to the meeting and published as a supplement to the ASCB journal, Molecular Biology of the Cell, in the December 15, 2020 issue. Members and nonmembers are able to submit unlimited abstracts without a member sponsor.
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All abstract submission fees are nonrefundable. All abstract submitters must acknowledge they understand the talks and posters will be presented virtually and will be available to registered attendees on demand for up to 30 days following the meeting. All fees must be paid prior to the listed deadlines.
Payment is accepted via credit card. You can pay with VISA, Mastercard, or American Express. If you are unable to pay by credit card and must pay via wire transfer, you are responsible to pay an amount that covers all fees and we must receive the wire transfer before the deadline. Therefore, please plan ahead and submit your abstract well before the deadline.
EMBO Members should contact email@example.com for the discounted coupon codes if they do not have them already.
All abstract deadlines are at 9:00 pm EDT on the dates listed below:
DEADLINE PASSED- Deadline 1: Thursday, July 30 – Regular Abstract Submission (only deadline with talk option)
Subgroup Talk, Minisymposium Talk, and/or Poster Consideration
- $80 ASCB Member, EMBO Members and affiliates
- $110 nonmember
DEADLINE PASSED- Deadline 2: Wednesday, September 2 – Regular Abstract Submission
Poster consideration only
- $80 ASCB Member, EMBO Members and affiliates
- $110 nonmember
DEADLINE PASSED- Deadline 3: Wednesday, October 7 – Regular Abstract Submission
Poster consideration only- higher fee
- $105 ASCB Member, EMBO Members and affiliates
- $135 nonmember
*If you submit by the July 30 deadline, you can choose up to four presentation options. If you select both talk and poster options, you will need to decide if you would like to give a poster if you are selected for a talk. The options are:
- Subgroup Talk: Your abstract will be considered for a talk in a Member-Organized Special Interest Subgroup.
- Minisymposium Talk: Your abstract will be considered for a talk in a Minisymposium.
- Poster: Your abstract will be considered for a poster presentation. If you select this option only, your abstract will not be reviewed for a talk.
All abstracts submitted are accepted for a poster presentation if that option is selected unless they do not meet the minimum submission standards as outlined in the guidelines. Submitting your abstract as talk only will not increase your chances of being selected for a talk.
Abstract submission is separate from meeting registration. Please register for the meeting at the conclusion of your abstract submission.
Need financial assistance?
Apply for an ASCB Virtual 2020 Inclusivity Grant (by Oct 21) or Childcare Grant (by Oct 30) to help offset your abstract fees.
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