May 4, 2020


Dear ICMRBS Colleagues,


With the health and safety of our attendees and community in mind and more uncertainty on the horizon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICMRBS 2020 Organizers in conjunction with the ICMRBS Council has decided to postpone the XXIXth to July 18 - 23, 2021. The venue, Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts will remain the same.


We are saddened by the need for this decision, as the opportunity to present your science and make new connections is a valuable part of meeting face to face. However, your safety and health is the first priority.  


What the postponement of XXIXth ICMRBS to July 18-23, 2021 means:


Refunds For 2020 Conference Registration. Any registrations already paid will be refunded in full within the next week. We will re-open a new registration for the postponed conference in June 2020.


Hotel Reservations at the Westin Copley Place. If you have already reserved a guest room at the Westin Copley for August 2020, please cancel your reservation without penalty at your earliest convenience. Cancellation instructions were included in your reservation confirmation message. If you need assistance, please contact NEW reservation link will be posted to the Venue-Hotel page in June.


Submitted Abstracts. Poster and oral abstracts submitted for the conference will remain on file and available for review/consideration for the postponed meeting. You may edit your submitted abstract at any time by returning to the online submission at We also can assist you to withdraw completely so that you may make a new submission in the future. Please contact for assistance.


Founders Medal 2020. A 2020 recipient will still be selected. The 2020 recipient will be honored at the postponed 2021 meeting. The new deadline for nominations is May 22. Information about the Founders Medal and nomination instructions may be found here.


Additional Details and Deadlines for the Postponed Conference will be posted to within the next two weeks.


Program for the Postponed Conference in 2021. We hope to keep the existing program in place to the greatest degree possible. In the coming weeks we will work with our planned plenary and invited speakers to confirm their participation.


What about the 2022 ICMRBS? The XXXth ICMRBS will continue as planned in 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.


Take care and stay tuned for updated information regarding the ICMRBS XXIX, July 18 - 23, 2021 in Boston!




´╗┐Gerhard Wagner, Chair, ICMRBS XXIX

Co-Chairs, ICMRBS XXIX, Bob Griffin, Mei Hong, Ann McDermott, Art Palmer, Mike Summers

Chair, ICMRBS Council, Ray Norton

ICMRBS 2020 Organizers

Gerhard Wagner
Harvard University


Robert Griffin
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

Mei Hong
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

Ann McDermott
Columbia University


Arthur G. Palmer
Columbia University


Michael Summers
University of Maryland
Baltimore County