INSAR 2020 Cancellation Information

INSAR Statement on Cancellation of INSAR 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the INSAR Board of Directors has determined that INSAR is no longer able to host the INSAR Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, USA, May 6-9, 2020. The health, safety, and security of all Annual Meeting attendees and the communities they serve are INSAR's highest priorities. We are considering alternative methods to share scientific advances and will share more information in the coming weeks.  All registered attendees will be refunded in full by the end of April. Thank you in advance for your patience. Please read the Cancellation FAQs below for more details.

INSAR 2020 Cancellation FAQs

Will my registration fees be refunded?

Yes. We are working on how to do this most efficiently and will be in touch with registered attendees soon to provide more information. Please wait for INSAR Staff to contact you regarding your registration refund. We ask for your patience and cooperation as our small staff works to process a large volume of refunds. Our goal is to have all refunds processed by the end of April.

We respectfully request that you not contact your credit card company to request a chargeback or to refute the charge, as this could impact INSAR's ability to rapidly refund all registrants. INSAR will process refunds in as timely a manner as possible, but please be aware that it may take several weeks for your refund to be completed.

INSAR membership is processed separately from INSAR 2020 registration and will not be automatically refunded. INSAR membership has benefits throughout the year, including access to the INSAR Institute recordings, online subscription to Autism Research Journal, and more. If you have any questions please email

I am an exhibitor – what happens to the fees I paid for the conference?

All exhibitor fees will be refunded. We will be refunding these as quickly as we can, but this could take several weeks. If you have questions, please contact Emily Mathis at

Will INSAR help with fees associated with the cancellation of my travel and hotel reservations?

INSAR is not responsible for fees associated with canceling transportation or accommodations. Most providers have made special provisions to address COVID-19 related issues.  Please contact your travel providers directly.

All hotel reservations in INSAR group room blocks will automatically be cancelled and you will receive a cancellation email from the hotel directly. If you made reservations separately, refer to your confirmation message for information about how to cancel your reservation. If you are unsure if you booked in an INSAR room block, contact the hotel directly.  

For hotel contact information for the INSAR room blocks, please refer to the Accommodations website.

Will my abstract submission fee(s) be refunded?

Yes. We will refund all abstract submission fees associated with INSAR 2020. Please be patient as INSAR Staff works on processing the large number of refunds.

I was scheduled to present at INSAR 2020.  Should I withdraw my submission or will I still have a chance to share my research?

INSAR is exploring opportunities for presenters to share their research online. We will inform you as soon as we have more details. Please wait for INSAR Staff to contact you regarding these options.

If you had withdrawn an accepted abstract because you could not attend the meeting prior to this announcement and interesting in options for sharing your research, please email Make sure to include your abstract ID and title in your email.

*If you are an awardee, you will receive a separation notification email. If you have questions, contact Emily Mathis at

When is the next INSAR Annual Meeting?

INSAR 2021 is scheduled for May 5 - 8 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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