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In light of continued uncertainty around the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, PRIM&R has decided to move the 2020 AER Conference (AER20) to a virtual format this fall. Though we are disappointed we won't see you in person in November, AER20 is being redesigned with your feedback and online learning best practices in mind.

We will present AER20 as a series of shorter, half-day online events spread out over three weeks (dates TBD). Attendees will be able to register for one or more weeks, and will have the option to add shorter half-day workshops. This AER20 online program will still provide the essential content and networking opportunities you expect from PRIM&R's in-person conferences, in a format that's more manageable for online viewing and busy work schedules.

Conference content will be streamed live each morning, and all content will be available on demand for later access. Information on the agenda, fees, and registration will be online by July 31.

Our first priority is the health and well-being of our community so, thank you for your understanding as we navigate these unusual circumstances.

Call for Poster Abstracts

We will still provide poster presentations at the AER20 Virtual Conference! 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 has been extended and is now May 22, 2020. Decisions will be sent via email by July 10, 2020.

Authors who have implemented programs or started research, but who will not yet have results by May 22, 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.

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.

Given our change in format, submitting authors will be now be informed of their proposal status by July 31, 2020. Information on submission guidelines can be found here. Contact us with questions.


Information about the AER20 Scholarship Programs will be available by July 31, 2020.

Exhibitors and Supporters

Thank you to Supporters and Exhibitors that already signed up for the in-person conference. We will be in touch about supporter/exhibitor opportunities for this virtual format (we will reach out in the order in which in person applications were received). A revised Supporter/Exhibitor prospectus for this virtual event will be online by July 31. Contact us with questions.

Planning Committees

Thank you to the AER20 Planning Committees. View the list of committee members here.