The Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) is suspending registration for SLEEP 2020 while continuing contract negotiations with the city of Philadelphia on a plan to host the SLEEP meeting there in a future year, according to a statement.
If these negotiations are successful, SLEEP 2020 will be postponed until later this summer or early fall, when it will be held as an online, virtual event due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the meantime, the APSS will be giving registered attendees the option to receive a full refund with no cancellation fee or apply these funds toward registration for the anticipated virtual SLEEP meeting. The APSS will continue processing these cancellations and deferrals through June 12.
The SLEEP annual meeting is a joint initiative of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS).
Current registrants can complete this form before June 12, indicating preference to convert to registration for the virtual SLEEP meeting or receive a refund. (Pricing for a virtual SLEEP meeting has not yet been determined.) You will receive an email within 7 business days confirming your selection.
All abstracts accepted for SLEEP 2020 will still be published in the journal SLEEP as an online abstract supplement. Poster presenters should plan to create a PDF poster in anticipation that there will be a virtual poster hall during the online SLEEP meeting.
The APSS has not yet determined which sessions would be included on the program for the virtual SLEEP meeting. APSS will be sending out more detailed communications to speakers regarding their sessions.
The APSS is planning new exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities in anticipation that SLEEP will transition to a virtual meeting. While more details will be provided in the coming weeks, people with questions can contact [email protected].
To cancel a hotel booked through the SLEEP 2020 Housing Bureau, contact [email protected] or call 833-277-7331. International callers can call 801-715-4416.