Cancellation of Face-to-Face Conference Due to COVID

Posted April 1, 2020

Dear ASMS Members and Colleagues,

With the health and safety of our attendees and community in mind and more uncertainty on the horizon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASMS Board has voted to cancel the face-to-face ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry & Allied Topics May 31 - June 4, 2020. We are saddened by the need for this decision, as the opportunity to present your science and make new connections is a valuable part of meeting face to face. However, your safety and health is the first priority.  

ASMS will shift our program to an online format. Please stay tuned for additional information, via email and at 

What the cancellation of the face-to-face conference means:

Refunds For Face-To-Face Conference & Short Course Registration. ASMS will refund in full all registration fees for the face-to-face conference and short courses paid to date. We will begin processing refunds today if you paid by credit card. Check refunds will be processed as soon as possible.

Registration for Online Program Content. Online program content will be available for a modest registration fee. Details will be announced as soon as possible.

Abstracts. Poster and oral abstracts accepted for the conference will NOT be made public until a plan is in place for online format. We suggest that authors leave their submission(s) in place for now. Once format is determined, authors will have the opportunity to decide whether to participate. We envision opportunities for submitting late-breaking abstracts for new poster presentations. New and additional deadlines will be announced in the coming weeks.

Hotel Reservations

  • If you reserved a hotel guest room via the ASMS Housing Bureau your reservation will be automatically cancelled. You will receive an email notification of your cancelation in the coming week. You will not be charged any penalty. Do NOT contact the hotel.
  • If you reserved a guest room on your own (outside of the ASMS block, not using the ASMS Housing Bureau), you must cancel your reservation directly with the hotel.

Exhibitors. ASMS will refund in full all exhibit booth, hospitality suite, breakfast seminar, and conference-specific sponsorship fees paid by Corporate Members.

Membership Dues. Annual ASMS Membership dues (individual and corporate) are not refundable. ASMS offers year-round benefits to its members, and we will continue to deliver these for the remainder of 2020. 

Although the program will be delivered in a new and different manner, we remain committed to hosting and sharing brilliant science for a re-imagined ASMS 2020. 

Take care and stay tuned for updated information!

Richard A. Yost, ASMS President