Join Us for the 2020 Joint Annual Meeting, June 28 - July 2!
The 2020 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) will feature a whole new experience for attendees.
- Laboratory professionals and colleagues will come together virtually to learn from one another and network.
- The educational program will include over 60 presentations.
- Attendees will be able to engage with industry, educational programs and employers, as well as discover the latest in laboratory technology.
The 2020 ASCLS-AGT Virtual Joint Annual Meeting mobile app is available for download. Available exclusively to registered attendees, the app is the hub for the Virtual JAM and has all the important information you'll need for the event, including the full schedule, the ability to create your personal schedule, opportunities to connect with fellow attendees, engagement with Industry Partners, and more. The app is also where you'll find links to attend the educational sessions, June 28-July 2.
Access the app at the links above or visit the Google Play store or the Apple App Store, and search for "ASCLS-AGT Joint Annual Meeting." After downloading the app you must login to access all the app features, such as creating your personal schedule and making appointments with other attendees.
To learn more about how to maximize your experience with the app, visit the Mobile App Resources.
About the Meeting
Beginning in 2019, ASCLS and the Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT) started holding their annual meetings jointly. The partnership arose after recent changes with both organizations presented the two like-minded and complimentary membership groups the opportunity to work together. The single meeting integrates their educational programs, abstracts/posters, and industry engagement platforms. The format allows for an expanded and broadened educational program and attendee access to a wider range of industry partners. The groups’ planning committees are focused on adopting innovative, new approaches to learning and industry engagement to continue building a unique, fresh attendee experience.
JAM Goes Virtual
As it has become increasingly clear that we would be unable to hold our Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) live as planned in Louisville this summer, the ASCLS Board of Directors in consultation with the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and leaders from Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT) has decided to hold the JAM virtually this year.
Despite the effects of COVID-19, laboratory professionals still need continuing education opportunities and a chance for professional support. Most of our state and regional meetings, and all the national laboratory meetings have been canceled or delayed. So, we will come together virtually with our community for support and camaraderie during this challenging time.
The new virtual format will allow registrants to participate in up to 60 hours of P.A.C.E.®-approved continuing education on a flexible schedule that they choose, either live or recorded streaming up to 30 days after the meeting.
Many ASCLS members are being impacted by the dramatic financial changes felt throughout the healthcare system which have led to furloughs, pay-cuts, and financial uncertainty. To address this, the cost to attend JAM has been dramatically reduced. Until June 1, the cost for Professional members to register is $295 while Developing Professionals, Ascending Professionals, and Emeritus members can register for $145.
The meeting will take place over the originally dates of June 28 to July 2. Educational sessions will run from 10:00 am Eastern to 7:00 pm Eastern (7:00 am Pacific to 4:00 pm Pacific), with 4 sessions running concurrently most of the time. All sessions will be recorded and made available to all registrants within 24 hours. We do not expect members to sit through nine hours’ worth of sessions each day. Instead, we’ve built in longer breaks and, since all sessions are recorded and will be available for 30 days after the meeting, many attendees will choose to selectively attend live sessions. This allows registrants to attend the meeting while simultaneously remaining engaged in their home and work lives.
ASCLS governance, including the Board of Directors meeting, the Regional Caucuses, and the Scientific Assembly meetings will be held on Sunday June 28, and the House of Delegates will occur on Thursday July 2 as previously planned (the start time will be Noon Eastern time). Other elements of governance are being rescheduled for immediately before or after the meeting, or during scheduled breaks in the educational program.
Registrants will access all content, including posters, industry partners, and virtual social events (along with some fun surprises) via the same event app all our attendees in 2019 enjoyed using. This year, access to the app will be restricted to registrants. The app is available on Android or iOS mobile devices or through a computer browser.