AALAS National Meeting

Each fall since 1950, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science has held its annual National Meeting. During the five days of the meeting, members and nonmembers come together to enjoy the workshops, lectures, poster sessions, and exhibits. The program is designed to have topics relevant to the entire membership. Exhibitors have an opportunity to interact with AALAS members from the academic community, research institutions, government organizations, and commercial companies. The AALAS National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals.

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AALAS recognizes the utmost importance of providing education and training for members. We are planning an onsite National Meeting in Charlotte, NC, along with offering a virtual meeting component. Because of multiple contractual agreements with the convention center and area hotels, the financial impact on AALAS would be greater if AALAS canceled prior to decisions beyond AALAS’ control. AALAS will not know until closer to October whether the onsite meeting will be allowed to happen or canceled due to the pandemic and various governmental agencies involved in decisions to restrict attendance as well as employer decisions regarding travel. Planning for the meeting in both onsite and virtual delivery methods allows the most flexibility for pivoting the meeting should canceling the onsite portion become necessary. AALAS will provide details for both the onsite and virtual meeting experience as soon as they are finalized. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

A special spotlight forum for 2020 is devoted to overcoming challenges in LAS. Who among us has not had to deal with a challenge in their work? Whether you are a researcher that has had to change a study design, a manager who has had to figure out how to schedule proper animal care in the midst of a snowpocalypse, or a husbandry technician that developed a better and safer way to transfer animals from one cage to another, this topic applies. We all deal with challenges every day so we challenge you to bring your best forward for the 2020 National Meeting! 

2019 Record of Participation


The 2020 meeting will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202, U.S. from October 25-29, 2020. The Spotlight Forum is Overcoming Challenges.

Exhibit Hall Hours  

    • Monday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
      (8:30 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open the Exhibit Hall)
    • Tuesday, October 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
    • Wednesday, October 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2019 National Meeting On Demand