Frequently Asked Questions


  • Why was the decision made to hold the meeting virtually?

    The meeting, originally planned as an in-person event in San Antonio, TX, March 2021 was transitioned to virtual as a result of the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases locally, nationally, and globally, and predictions for worsening conditions throughout the winter season. The virtual format was chosen out of concern for the health and safety of our members, staff, meeting attendees, and residents of San Antonio.

  • Why was the meeting extended to span two weeks?

    The program will include 10 weekdays of live sessions, followed by two weeks of on demand content, at the presenters’ discretion. This will allow for a maximum amount of science to be shared live with a wide audience.

  • Will registration be required? When will it be available?

    Registration will open by mid-January and remain open through the end of the meeting. All attendees and presenters will be required to register. Registration fees have been set at $99 for ACS members, $149 for non-members, and $29 for students and teachers. Unemployed, retired, and 50-year emeritus members will be able to register at no cost.

  • When will abstract submissions open and what is the deadline?

    Abstract submissions will open on December 16, 2020 and close on January 19, 2021. Abstracts questions can be directed to

  • When will the final technical program and general meeting agenda be available? 

    The final technical program will be available by mid-March and be posted to the ACS Spring 2021 web pages.

  • What will the virtual meeting look like? 

    ACS is working with its technical divisions to utilize existing technology to provide for more than 100 live interactive weekday technical sessions. The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly expanded virtual meeting technology and ACS is committed to making maximum use of these technologies to greatly enhance the virtual meeting experience for presenters and attendees. More information will be available soon on the ACS Spring 2021 meeting web pages.

  • Will there be an Exposition?

    We are currently evaluating options for vendor participation to allow for the best overall experience and networking opportunities, however, there will not be an exposition as part of ACS Spring 2021.

  • Will the Kavli Lecture Series occur during the meeting?

    Yes, details will be announced in the final technical program.

  • Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

    For general inquiries, please contact