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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - ASHS 2020

May 13, 2020

The 2020 ASHS Annual Conference is Happening!

  • The conference will definitely be occurring August 9–13, 2020.
  • There will be a virtual component to the conference, or the conference will be presented entirely virtually.
  • There may or may not be an in-person component (in addition to the virtual aspect), which will be determined by the State of Florida and the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Technical Program, consisting of more than 900 presentations, is being finalized now and will be available online within the next 2 weeks. Additional details will be made available when they are available.


April 15, 2020

The ASHS Annual Conference in 2020 is Happening!

The ASHS Board of Directors has decided that there will be an Annual Conference August 9–13, 2020. However, it will not be until closer to the Conference dates until the format will be determined. Your health and safety are our primary consideration in this decision process, and our decision will be made following the recommendations from national and state health agencies. There are a number of possible Conference formats; however, because a number of organizations are restricting travel, we anticipate having virtual options available. The Conference fees, whether the Conference is in-person or virtual or a hybrid of the two, are the same as published.

It is important to plan now for this Conference. Louise Ferguson wrote eloquently as to the importance of our Annual Conference for our careers. The Annual Conference is also important for the science of horticulture. Sharing your work in teaching, extension, and research is important to all of us. A Conference, even virtually, is a different, more interactive format than just reading manuscripts. There will be interactions with your peers, poster and oral presentations, keynote speakers, awards, and the ability to ask questions of presenters. It is important to share our scholarship and experiences with others. The easiest and most meaningful way to participate is to submit an abstract (and there is no requirement to pay a fee at the time of submission). Your participation is what makes our Conferences exciting and interesting. To submit your abstract, go to


April 1, 2020

ASHS continues to monitor the constantly evolving status of COVID-19 and possible impacts on the ASHS Annual Conference in August. The ASHS staff and Board of Directors still retain optimism for holding the conference as scheduled, while being guided primarily on the health, welfare, and safety of ASHS attendees. Your Society is developing multiple contingencies for this conference, including virtual access and peer-to-peer networking options, and will heed the recommendations of the national and state health agencies as the conference nears.

Planning and organization efforts continue and we will share detailed information on developments as available.


March 12, 2020

Planning and organization for a successful August 2020 ASHS Annual Conference in Orlando continues. ASHS is dedicated to your safety, health, and well-being and we continue to closely monitor the evolving status of COVID-19 per local health authorities, the CDC, and WHO. We are optimistic that the conference will occur as scheduled and will update all conference registrants and ASHS members on any updates. We look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando in August for an educational, productive, and safe annual conference!

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