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Each fall, PRIM&R hosts the annual Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference for those working in human subjects protections, research ethics, and oversight. This event brings together 2,500 professionals from public and private institutions, the federal government, industry, and academia, to learn about ethical issues and the federal regulations governing human subjects research and discuss best practices for the review and monitoring of research. Attendees can connect with experts and colleagues in the field to address late-breaking topics and challenges—like implementation strategies for the revised Common Rule and more—through a series keynotes, panels, 100+ breakout sessions, and networking events.


AER20 Schedule:

November 7: AER20 Preconference Programs

November 8-10: AER20


Information on the AER20 conference agenda, preconference programs, fees, and registration will be online by June 2020.


The conference will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.

Information about discounted conference hotel blocks will be online by June 2020.

Call for Session Proposals

The AER20 Call for Conference Session Proposals Program closed on January 31, 2020. Thank you to those who contributed! Your input will ensure the Conference Planning Committees consider a broad and rich spectrum of topics and speakers.

Submitting authors will be informed of their proposal status by May 29, 2020. Information on submission guidelines can be found here.

Call for Poster Abstracts

If your institution has an innovative program related to the successful work of HRPPs/IRBs, or if you are conducting empirical research on or conceptual analyses of topics or questions relevant to human subjects research, consider participating in the AER20 Poster Presentation Program.

Abstracts can be submitted in three categories: Programmatic, Scientific, and Conceptual Analysis

To submit an abstract:

The deadline for submitting a poster abstract is April 24, 2020. Decisions will be sent via email by June 26, 2020.

Authors who have implemented programs or started research, but who will not yet have results by April 24, 2020 can submit a late-breaking poster abstract between June 5 and July 1, 2020. Decisions for late-breaking abstracts will be sent by August 10, 2020.


Information about the AER20 Scholarship Programs will be available by June 2020.

Exhibitors and Supporters

Download the AER20 Prospectus.