The 2020 Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals has been cancelled

SIMB cancels the 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals due to health concerns around COVID-19 coronavirus


Question – Where can I get up-to-date information related to actions being implemented related to the cancellation of the meeting?
Please visit for updates.

Question – Will my fees (registration, special events, etc.) be refunded? When?
Yes, your meeting registration fees will be refunded however associated fees such as wire transfer fees or membership fees will not be funded.

If a confirmation/invoice of the refund is needed, please contact

Question – Will SIMB assist with the cancellation of my travel and hotel reservations?
As each individual has made their own hotel reservations please contact the Astor Crowne Plaza directly or your alternate lodging provider.

As to travel, most transportation providers have made special provision to address COVID-19 related issues. Please contact your airline/transportation provider directly.

Question – I am an exhibitor – what happens to the fees I paid?
Contact Tina Hockaday, to apply for a full refund for any exhibit fees paid. Associated fees such as wire transfer fees or membership fees will not be funded.

Question: I am a sponsor – will my sponsorship fees be refunded?
Yes. Sponsor fees will be refunded as soon as possible. Associated fees such as wire transfer fees or membership fees will not be funded.

Question – I was scheduled to give a talk in New Orleans – what happens to my abstract? Can I withdraw it?
Your abstract can be withdrawn however the program chairs are discussing options for dissemination of abstracts.

Question – I already withdrew my abstract – can I take advantage of the options being developed for sharing my research?
Yes, you will be contacted directly with information about your options.

Question – If I choose to participate in the options for sharing my presentation, will I still receive a refund of my registration fees?
Yes, all registration fees are being refunded regardless of whether you choose to take advantage of the presentation options.

Question – Will the SIMB annual meeting in San Francisco in August be cancelled?
As of now, no decisions to cancel have been made with regard to other 2020 SIMB meetings.
Please consult SIMB meeting webpages for the most up-to-date information or feel free to call SIMB directly.

Questions? Contact