The NSGC Annual Conference showcases advancements across the breadth of the genetic counseling profession to provide education and build community. Attendees will gain knowledge of clinical and scientific best practices and insights into emerging research. The conference provides a unique opportunity to engage and network with colleagues and pursue professional development.
Annual Conference Updates
As of: August 24, 2021
Thank you for your patience as the NSGC Board of Directors, Annual Conference Program Planning Committee and others throughout our society monitored the latest surge in the COVID-19 pandemic and worked through the logistics of how to move forward with the NSGC 40th Annual Conference.
As always, our priority is your safety and well-being. Based on the recent surge in cases, current registration trends by our attendees, and the feedback from many of you, we are shifting our format and offering a fully virtual conference experience again this year.
This virtual format will allow you to:
- Access all conference sessions and experience unparalleled educational opportunities without the risk of travel;
- Network virtually with our engaged group of genetic counselors;
- Hear from our speakers and panelists who will share their thought leadership and best practices; and
- Experience virtual product demos, vendor-sponsored sessions, and hear timely updates and information from our supportive community of industry sponsors and exhibitors.
We did not make this decision lightly, as it has significant implications for our organization on a number of levels. We recognize that making this announcement now may result in frustration, disappointment and/or logistical challenges. We are also disappointed to be back in this place, and with the decisions that we are all having to make personally and professionally. However, we believe this decision is in the best interest of everyone involved with the Annual Conference - our attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, NSGC staff, and their families.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Shift to Fully Virtual
Why was the in-person conference experience cancelled?
The in-person experience for the NSGC 40th Annual Conference was cancelled due to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta variant and the corresponding escalation of cases in New Orleans. This decision to cancel the in-person experience was made to protect the health, safety and well-being of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, and the families and patients of our attendees. This decision was not entered into lightly, especially in this highly complex environment.
When is the virtual NSGC 40th Annual Conference taking place?
The dates of the Annual Conference will not change. We look forward to convening virtually September 22-26, 2021.
I’m registered to attend the NSGC 40th Annual Conference in person. What happens to my registration?
All in-person registered attendees will automatically be transferred to the virtual experience.
I registered for the in-person meeting and included a Workshop with my registration. What happens to my registration?
We are currently coordinating with our Workshop presenters to determine how their sessions will be impacted with the switch to fully virtual. Please anticipate an email from NSGC in the coming days with information related to your workshop registration.
I'm registered to attend an in-person, pre- or post-conference workshop. What happens to my registration?
Your registration will be converted to a virtual pre- or post-conference session. We will be coordinating with our speakers and session coordinators to determine if their session will be significantly impacted by the switch to fully virtual. NSGC will contact you directly if any changes to your session will be made. If you do not hear from NSGC directly, your registration will remain for the live, virtual pre- or post-conference symposia.
What if I would like to cancel my registration?
Unfortunately, per our registration policy, no refunds for cancellations are issued after August 23, 2021. Substitutions are allowed at any time prior to the event and can be made by submitting the request in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Exceptions to our policy may be considered on a case-by-case basis, as in any other year.
What about flight and travel arrangements made for the cancelled in-person experience?
All attendees need to contact their own airlines/travel insurance companies to understand their policies, whether flights can be transferred, and what penalty fees, if any, may apply.
How do I cancel my hotel reservation(s) for the cancelled in-person experience?
If you have a hotel reservation, please contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation. Phone numbers for the Sheraton, New Orleans Marriott and JW Marriott New Orleans can be found on the NSGC website. All reservations made through the NSGC booking links will honor cancellations without any fees.
Committee, SIG and Ancillary Meetings
Are you looking to schedule a room to host a SIG or other meeting during the Annual Conference? The SIG and Ancillary Meeting Form is now available. Committee meeting schedules are also now available. Learn More