SMB 2020 Annual Meeting

August 17 - 20, 2020

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The Society of Mathematical Biology will host its annual meeting online during the week of August 17 through 20, 2020.

SMB goes virtual

Join us for a society first - hosting the Society of Mathematical Biology conference entirely online.

Through partnership with, we will utilize the following platforms to create an immersive conference experience.

  • Sococo for poster sessions, networking, and socializing
  • Zoom for plenary and minisymposium talks
  • Slack for general announcements and messaging
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Conference Information

The joint Annual Meeting between the Society for Mathematical Biology and the European Society for Mathematical Biology at Heidelberg has been postponed. However, the Board of Directors of the Society for Mathematical Biology has decided to organize a virtual meeting, eSMB 2020, between August 17-20, 2020. The meeting will be held between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm US Eastern Time Zone to maximize the participation of people across the world.

We are inviting all the SMB Subgroup to organize a Mini-symposium, Poster Section and invite a Keynote Speaker. Independent submission for oral or poster presentations will also be accepted. The eSMB 2020 organizing committee will identify the plenary speakers for the annual meeting, and will organize a Mini-symposium and a Poster Session outside the scope of the SMB Subgroups.

While COVID-19 continues spreading across the world, the Society for Mathematical Biology is keeping the health and safety of our members as our top priority. To reduce or slow the spread of infection, we will hold our 2020 Annual Meeting virtually between August 17-20, 2020. We acknowledge that many are facing challenging personal and/or professional circumstances, but we hope that our Virtual Annual Meeting will allow our community to stay connected, share research, and support each other.

Logistics & Registration

At the same time, we are excited that the 2020 Annual Meeting will be the inaugural SMB Virtual Meeting. Our communities have long been leaders in sharing research online, and this opportunity is another significant step in that direction. The Society has selected a third-party virtual meeting platform (Sococo and that seamlessly supports live video presentations of sessions, recording of and technical support for those sessions, pre-recorded talks, poster sessions, networking and socializing. The site also will allow small groups of participants to interact in real-time directly with each other.

The Society for Mathematical Biology is waiving registration fees for our first virtual annual meeting. You must still register for the meeting through the registration website, at no charge. You can support the dissemination of research and education at the interface between the mathematical and biological sciences by a small gift of $25 to partially cover the third-party virtual platform cost for your participation. You can make a bigger impact for young mathematical biologists with two other registration options. You can give $50 to support your participation and the participation of a young mathematical biologist at this meeting. Alternatively, you can give $100 to partially support a society travel award to help a student participate at our 2021 Annual Meeting.

The COVID-19 pandemic is seriously impacting the finances of research and higher education, and academic societies. We need your help, because every young mathematical biologist requires our support and the opportunity to participate in our annual meetings. Thank you for considering joining us in this Virtual Annual Meeting, and your support for mathematical biology.

If you are interested in attending certain talks, but do not want to participate in the full conference, please indicate so in the registration form. We will ensure that you receive Zoom links for conference talks, but will not register you in the Sococo platform. Since SMB will be paying approximately $25 for each registrant's Sococo access, it is helpful for us to know ahead of time if you do not intend to use the platform.

If you are submitting an abstract that is not affiliated with an SMB subgroup, please do so in the registration form. If you would like to submit an abstract affiliated with an SMB subgroup, please contact your subgroup chair(s).

Conference Daily Schedule

* all times are listed in US Eastern Time Zone. This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Time Scheduled Event
8:00-8:30am Opening and Welcome
8:30-9:30am Opening plenary or subgroup keynote (45 min. talk + 10 min. Q&A)
9:30am-11:00am Subgroup Min-Symposium (20 min. talk + 2 min. Q&A)
11:00-11:15am 15 minute break
11:15am-12:45pm Subgroup Min-Symposium (20 min. talk + 2 min. Q&A)
12:45-1:30pm Mentoring Luncheon (Monday only) or break
1:30-2:30pm Subgroup contributed talks (18 min. talk + 2 min. Q&A)
2:30-3:30pm Poster Session
3:30-4:30pm Subgroup keynote presentation (45 min. talk + 10 min. Q&A)
4:30-5:00pm Happy Hour with Friends and Colleagues

Mentoring Virtual Lunch

In keeping with the SMB tradition, scientific mentoring will be a key focus of SMB 2020. The mentoring session will be held on Monday, August 17, 2020.

  • Mentoring workshop for trainees
  • Mentor-mentee matching program with a designated mentoring room on the Sococo layout
  • Mentoring lunch - a designated time for people to meet with mentors/mentees