About AES2020 and COVID-19

Last updated Friday, July 31, 2020

A Message to the AES Community from William D. Gaillard, MD, President of the American Epilepsy Society

William Davis Gaillard, MD

It is with both disappointment and great excitement that I share this news: due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the associated government restrictions including social distancing and quarantining, the banning of large gatherings and implementation of venue capacity limitations, and domestic and international travel bans, the American Epilepsy Society is no longer able to hold its 2020 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Because it is impossible to proceed, we have been forced to cancel the 2020 AES Annual Meeting.

That said, we are proceeding with a new alternative virtual event called AES2020 that we expect will take place on the same dates (December 4-8, 2020) that the in-person meeting was scheduled.

Our mission is to advance epilepsy research and education. It is clear that, given the unavoidable circumstances, we can only do so virtually or risk not serving members and other stakeholders adequately in 2020.

While it is disappointing that we will not see each other in Seattle, the good news is that our creative and hardworking Annual Meeting Committee and staff are planning an exciting virtual event. This territory is both uncharted and full of innovative possibilities. I know I can count on your support as we all work together to make AES2020 a valuable, highly-inclusive, and memorable experience for everyone.

Right now, you do not have to do anything other than keep the dates for our new virtual meeting on your calendar: Friday, December 4 through Tuesday, December 8!