Registration Rates and Deadlines

Early Registration: Registration must be received by October 1, 2015, for registrants to qualify for the early registration rate. There is a significant discount for early registration (see below). Registration is nontransferable. Participants are not registered for the meeting until their registration fees are paid in full. Note: Abstract submission fee payment does not include meeting registration.

Regular Registration: Although early rates for registration are available only through October 1, 2015, registration for the meeting at the regular rate will be available from October 2 through the end of the meeting. Registration is also available onsite in San Diego from December 12-16 at the regular registration rates listed below.


Member Rates*

Early Registration

(Through Oct 1)

Regular Registration

(After Oct 1)

ASCB Regular Member/Applicant* $270 $350
ASCB Postdoctoral Member/Applicant* $245 $320
ASCB Graduate Student Member/Applicant* $90 $100
ASCB Undergraduate Student Member/Applicant* $40 $84
ASCB Emeritus Member $92 $125

Nonmember Rates

Regular Nonmember $490 $610
Postdoctoral Nonmember $445 $515
Graduate Student Nonmember $215 $255
Undergraduate Student Nonmember $91 $125
High School Teachers (click here) Free Free
Community College Instructors (click here) Free Free


*To become eligible for the Member Applicant rate, applicants must first apply for membership and pay the appropriate membership fee for their category.

Join ASCB Today and Save Money on Meeting Registration

Not a member? Want to save on registration fees? Join the ASCB and qualify for reduced registration and abstract submission fees as outlined below. It is less expensive to pay for both ASCB membership and registration than it is to pay the nonmember registration fees. Please note, if you are not a member at the time of abstract submission and become a member later, we are unable to refund the difference between the member and nonmember submission fee.

ASCB Membership Dues Information

Become a member and save on both registration and abstract submission fees. To join the ASCB, or renew your membership, click here.


* This membership fee is valid for member applicants through September 30, 2015, for a membership paid through date of 12/31/2015. Beginning on October 1, 2015, member applicants will be charged a prorated rate plus the 2016 membership fee for a paid through date of 12/31/2016.

Early Registration (Register by Oct. 1) New Member Savings!


* Beginning October 1, 2015, member applicants will be charged a prorated 2015 rate plus the 2016 membership fee for a paid through date of 12/31/2016.

MEMBER ONLY Abstract Submission Fee Savings!


Registration to the 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting Includes:

  • All scientific sessions including:
    • Saturday Member-Organized Special Interest Subgroups
    • Keynote Symposium
    • Seven Symposia by leading cell biologists
    • 26 Minisymposia sessions
    • Three special large-scale data workshops with optional hands-on workshop
  • Approximately 800 daily poster presentations Sunday-Tuesday in the ASCB Learning Center (formerly Exhibit Hall)
  • Inspirational Special Award lectures including Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education, E.E. Just Award Lecture, E.B. Wilson Medalist Lecture, Public Service, and Keith R. Porter Lecture.
  • Reception on Saturday night following the Keynote with access to the International Research & Training Exchange Fair
  • Presentations of the WICB Awards, Merton R. Bernfield Award, Early Career Life Scientist Award, MBoC Paper of the Year Award, and the Norton B. Gilula Award
  • Networking opportunities, including science discussion tables with leading scientists, career and mentoring roundtable discussions, and more…
  • Over 300 exhibiting companies to visit in the ASCB Learning Center
  • Tech talks by leading companies in the industry
  • Programs specific to educators, minorities, students, postdocs, and international attendees
  • Professional development sessions and access to the Career Center and career programs, including the popular Scientific Discussion tables and career panel discussions
  • Programs on public policy
  • Daily morning and afternoon refreshment breaks in the ASCB Learning Center
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access within all common areas of the San Diego Convention Center
  • 2015 Meeting Program and Poster Guide (available online three to four weeks before the meeting; print copy available onsite)
  • Meeting badge lanyard
  • Meeting Bag
  • Free educational resources

Please note: No meals are included with 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting registration.

Cancellation Policy

Meeting registration is nontransferable. Meeting registration is nonrefundable after November 19. The ASCB will honor requests for refunds if they are in writing and are received by the ASCB no later than November 19. Please note that cancellations are subject to a processing fee of $20 for students and $40 for all others. No refunds will be issued for requests received after November 19.

Please Note: Registration refunds will not be issued after November 19 for denied visas.

Meeting Badge Pick-up

All attendees will pick up badges onsite at the San Diego Convention Center in Lobby D.

Those who have registered by December 3, 2015, will receive an email one week prior to the meeting. Print and bring this email with you. The email will contain a barcode for you to scan to print your badge. If for any reason you do not receive an email with the barcode before the meeting, or you misplace it, you will still be able to pick up your badge onsite.

The onsite registration hours for scientific attendees are:

Saturday, December 12 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Sunday, December 13 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Monday, December 14 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 15 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 16 7:30 am-11:30 am

Badge Replacement Policy

Attendees who lose their badge may pick up another one from the Badge Replacement counter in the Registration Area. Attendees must show a photo ID and pay a fee of $15. If an attendee loses the second badge, the attendee will need to re-register for the meeting before receiving another badge.

You may pick up a replacement badge during the attendee registration hours:

Saturday, December 12 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Sunday, December 13 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Monday, December 14 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 15 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 16 7:30 am-11:30 am

Guest Policy

A guest is a non-scientist family member or non-scientist friend of a registered scientist. If you are a registered scientist who would like a non-scientist family member or friend to see your invited talk or poster presentation, you may contact ASCB Director of Meetings Trina Armstrong and provide the date and time of your presentation. The guest badge will only be valid for the day and time of the presentation and will need to be returned afterward. The badge may be picked up in the ASCB Meeting Management Office, Room 22 of the San Diego Convention Center.

A guest badge may also be requested onsite at the ASCB Meeting Management Office, Room 22 of the San Diego Convention Center.


PDF Registration Form

(Mail/Fax Registration)

The ASCB prefers that you register for the meeting via our online system, by clicking here. However, if you need to pay by check, or need to mail in the form, please click the button below for a paper registration form for you to print, fill out, and mail/fax to us.

Child Attendance and Childcare Information

Child Attendance Information

Children of 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting attendees are welcome to attend the Meeting with their parent or guardian as long as the child is under the supervision of a parent or guardian at all times. Parents or guardians may bring children under the age of 17 to educational events provided the child does not disrupt the event.

Strollers are allowed in the meeting rooms as long as they do not block aisles or emergency exit doors. Strollers are also allowed in the ASCB Learning Center (formerly called the Exhibit Hall), with the exception of set-up and dismantle times*. Parents and guardians are asked to keep in mind corridors, meeting rooms, and the ASCB Learning Center can become crowded. Please be aware that small children in strollers are at the same level as someone carrying a poster tube, bag, briefcase, umbrella, or other object.

Badges will not be issued to children under the age of 17.

*Under no circumstances are children under the age of 17 allowed in the ASCB Learning Center during set-up and dismantle times. This includes children of exhibitors.


Infant Lounge

A nicely furnished permanent Infant Lounge is located in the Women’s restroom behind Starbucks in the Hall E Lobby of the San Diego Convention Center. Look for the arrows pointing to it just outside the Starbucks. The room has tables and chairs, electricity, and water. The semi-private lounge, available for nursing mothers and parents with infants, provides a comfortable and secure environment. Parents and guardians are responsible for providing infant care supplies. The infant lounge is unsupervised, and the ASCB is not responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur.


Childcare Information

Onsite childcare services may be available through your hotel concierge. Individual or group sitters may be arranged to provide in-room hotel childcare. Please check with your hotel well in advance of your arrival date.

It is the responsibility of the parent(s), guardian, legal guardian, or individual requesting childcare services to screen caregivers and to make a determination as to the appropriateness of the caregiver. The ASCB does not screen any of the childcare services and assumes no responsibility with respect to these services and accepts no liabilities.

If you are having difficulty finding a babysitter, you can visit Please note the ASCB has no affiliation with them, but they offer babysitting matching services.

Meeting Policies

By registering for and attending this meeting, you agree to abide by the following policies:

Alcohol Policy

The ASCB, and the San Diego Convention Center encourage responsible drinking for those drinking alcohol. Beer, wine, nonalcoholic beer, and soft drinks will be offered at the Opening Night Reception on Saturday, December 12, and throughout the meeting dates. Alcohol will not be served to anyone under the age of 21; be prepared to show photo identification. Alcoholic beverages are allowed only in specific areas and must not be taken out of these areas.

Smoking Policy

The San Diego Convention Center is a smoke-free facility. Please refrain from smoking within 25 feet of the lobby doors. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas outside the building. Electronic cigarettes are not permitted within the facility.

Recording, Photography, Cell Phone, and Session Etiquette Policy

While you are in a session, please mute all cell phones and other electronic devices. If necessary, please step out to the hallway to make a call, or send an email or text. The back-lighting on electronic devices is distracting in a dimmed room.

The Society does not permit photography or the electronic capture of scientific sessions in meeting rooms or the ASCB Learning Center (formerly called the Exhibit Hall). This policy also includes photographing colleagues against the backdrop of scientific posters on display without the express consent of the presenting author(s).

These policies will be enforced by the Society. Individuals who do not comply will be asked to leave the session or ASCB Learning Center floor and not be allowed room re-entry. Repeat offenders will have their meeting badge(s) revoked and will not be allowed to continue to attend the meeting. This policy is necessary to respect the willingness of presenters to share their data at the meeting as well as their publication opportunities. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact the ASCB.

Session Overcrowding Policy

If a session room becomes too crowded, the ASCB asks that you follow instructions provided by ASCB staff, Convention Center staff, or security. Instructions may include not standing against the walls, not blocking the aisles, or doors, or being denied entry if the room becomes too crowded.

The ASCB is obligated to abide by the guidelines established by the Fire Marshal in the San Diego Convention Center. If a room reaches full capacity and we do not have your cooperation, the Fire Marshal has the authority to delay or terminate the meeting until the problem has been corrected.

Social Media Policy

The ASCB encourages the use of social media before, during, and after the 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting. Please note the following guidelines and accepted social media etiquette:


  • Follow us on Twitter @ASCBiology. Use the hash tag #ASCB15 for Meeting-related tweets.
  • Follow us on Facebook at
  • Blog and tweet about the meeting and what you are hearing and seeing (but without sharing details of any data presented; follow journal rules about data sharing).
  • Provide feedback to ASCB staff and the Program Committee—discuss topics of interest and/or speakers for next year’s meeting, make suggestions for Symposia, Minisymposia, or workshop sessions, comment on the meeting format, etc.
  • Keep criticism constructive, and think about whether you’d like your thoughts shared widely—because they may be.


  • Use photographic or other recording devices—these are prohibited in scientific sessions, poster sessions, and in the ASCB Learning Center.
  • Capture, transmit, or redistribute data presented at the meeting—this may preclude subsequent publication of the data in a scholarly journal.

Speaker Disclosure Policy

Views expressed by speakers at the 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting are solely the views of the speaker. They do not necessarily represent the views of the ASCB. The ASCB makes no representation concerning, and does not guarantee, the source, originality, accuracy, completeness, or reliability of any statement, information, data, finding, interpretation, advice, opinion, or view presented by any speaker or poster presenter.

Photograph Policy/Release

The ASCB has hired an official photographer for the meeting. Photographs taken at the 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting may be used in future ASCB publications, on the ASCB website, or in other Society materials. By registering for this meeting, you agree to allow the ASCB to use your photo in any ASCB-related publications or websites.

Waiver of Liability

Each individual attending the 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting assumes all risks associated with his or her attendance and participation in on- and offsite activities. Each individual attendee agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the ASCB and their governing bodies, officers, directors, employees, and/or agents from all loss, damage, or liability arising out of or related to his or her attendance at the 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting.