Announcing Virtual Conference to be held July 21-23, 2020

SPR 2020 Annual Meeting Update:  Announcing Virtual Conference to be held July 21-23, 2020

Updated 5/5/2020, 4:00 pm

Dear SPR members and colleagues,

We hope that this email finds you and your loved ones well.

Please Mark Your Calendars

Society for Prevention Research 28th Annual Meeting

Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science

When: Tuesday, July 21 – Thursday, July 23, 2020

Where: The 2020 SPR Annual meeting will transfer from an in-person meeting to a virtual experience.

Why: As the premiere prevention research conference, the SPR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to advance the vision of SPR by providing a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields; and by providing a forum for the communication between scientists, public policy leaders and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health.

Though a virtual forum will not provide the same in-person experience, we hope that you are able to join us for part or all of our virtual meeting. The Board feels strongly that SPR must continue to fulfill its mission in the face of COVID-19, while also understanding that there are many competing priorities during these times that not everyone will be able to participate in all or even some of the sessions. We also believe that prevention research needs to be shared, the work of our early career scientists needs to be fostered, and prevention researchers, policy makers and practitioners need a place to share their work and come together as best as we can in these challenging times.

We are developing a leaner schedule which will highlight our plenary sessions, invited symposia, a presidential address, and special events, e.g., Diversity Network Committee, ECPN, and International Committee symposia, and the always popular SPR Cup. Additionally, all presenting authors of organized paper symposia, individual papers and individual posters will have an opportunity, if they wish, to post their pre-recorded presentations which will be available virtually ON DEMAND. All sessions will be archived for future viewing.

We also want to acknowledge and thank the work of presenters and the many volunteers who have contributed their time in the planning of the 2020 annual meeting and see to fruition the work that has been contributed.

Please stay tuned for detailed procedures on how the virtual conference will be implemented and instructions for all presenting authors. We hope you will join us in presenting your work/and or attending all or part of our virtual meeting!

Wishing you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe,

Guillermo “Willy” Prado


CONTACT for questions: Jennifer Lewis, SPR Executive Director,