AAB Conferences

As a non-profit-making Registered Charity we aim to service the needs of the scientific community and have only to recover our costs, so we feel confident that we will be able to offer you good value for money. Because of our tailor-made approach, we prepare an individual cost proposal for each conference which ensures that you are only charged for the work you need us to do. We are happy to provide cost proposals free of charge and without obligation. 

AAB Conference Calendar
Abstract submission form below...

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Submit Your Abstract Here

Want to submit an abstract for an upcoming conference? It couldn't be easier!


To upload your abstract, simply complete the form below. Enter your personal details, select which meeting you are submitting an offer for and whether your offer is for a platform or poster presentation. Upload your file and click on submit abstract. Job done! 

Please submit an abstract in a MS Word file (click here for an example). Once an abstract has been "approved" by the conference organiser(s), you will not be able to make any changes to the abstract unless you contact the AAB office (john@aab.org.uk) for the paper to be "unapproved".

It's important to note that if you have any questions about meeting finances; for example invoice requests or registration updates please contact Bernadette at the AAB office (Bernadette@aab.org.uk)

For more information on individual meetings please visit our individual conference websites by selecting the relative conference in our conference calendar (above) and visit the 'Call for Papers' page.


AAB Early Career Professional Travel Grants

Need a helping hand with your travel costs? Apply for an AAB ECP Travel Grant!


  • The grants are available to all ECPs, whether members of the Association or not.

  • Allowances are restricted to cheap rate standard class flights, rail or bus fares (using a student rail card if available), up to a maximum allowance (which will be given on application).

  • Grants are limited and offered on a discretionary basis.

  • Applications must be made at least 2 months before the AAB meeting to Dr Geraint Parry, AAB Executive Officer at geraint@aab.org.uk

  • Payment will be made at the meeting on receipt of the flight/rail/bus tickets.

  • Available only to ECPs attending AAB conferences and meetings.

Download Travel Grant application form

If you need any assistance please contact Geraint Parry.

AAB Carer Fund

AAB wants to provide opportunities for anyone to attend their events, irrespective of their personal circumstances. We understand that this might require financial assistance that is unavailable through conventional travel grants.

AAB has started the ‘AAB Carer fund’ that is open for applications from AAB members who require additional help to attend either live and virtual AAB events. Each application will be judged on their individual merit but might be used for childcare, to support care of elderly or disabled adult relatives or for personal use to facilitate accessibility needs (travel, audio-visual, personal help).


We have £500 available for each application associated with each conference. Please return this form to AAB Executive Officer Geraint Parry at geraint@aab.org.uk. The application will be assessed by the EO and AAB Council.


Please submit the application at least 2 months before the selected event but early submission will be beneficial. Payments will be made on submission of receipts after the event but on rare occasions up-front payments are possible if deemed essential by the AAB EO and Council.

Download AAB Carer Fund application form

If you need any assistance please contact Geraint Parry.

AAB Conferences

The AAB aims to offer a wide range of conference topics.

If you would like to suggest topics for future conferences or become involved in the organisation of a conference, please contact any of the Specialist Group Conveners or Geraint Parry at the AAB Office.


“We are indebted to the Association of Applied Biologists for taking charge of the administration of this meeting (The  Redox revolution: Oxygen Metabolism, ROS and Redox Signalling in Plants, December 2005) and preparing the book of abstracts. The meeting was a great success both scientifically and socially, and much of this would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of Carol Millman and her team in ensuring smooth and efficient organisation both prior to and during the meeting”. 

Professor Christine Foyer, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden 

AAB Conference Services

The AAB is able to offer its conference organisation service to anyone in the scientific field.


The AAB is a well established learned society. We have considerable experience in the organisation of conferences and production of scientific publications (the company celebrated its Centenary back in 2004). With over 25 years of experience herself, Dr Geraint Parry and his team specialise in the organisation of scientific conferences ranging from one day workshops to large multi-disciplinary residential conferences.

As a small team we offer a friendly, efficient, tailor-made service, whereby allowing you to decide how much or little we do for you and your conference. We have dedicated staff for each area of work and their skills are maintained to a very high standard by continuing professional development. 


Our services are supported by the latest technology where appropriate. We can work with you to organise your conference from start to finish or simply provide a booking service, additional support ‘on the day’, or produce publication material for you.


Our range of services:

  • Aspects Of Applied Biology

  • Organisation And Planning

  • Budgeting

  • Venue Selection

  • Marketing, Including Design Of Flyers

  • Speaker Liaison

  • Programme Planning

  • Delegate Bookings Including On-Line Facility

  • Delegate Registration And Badging

  • Preparation Of Delegate Packs

  • Editorial Work For Associated Publications And Delegate Material

“We were delighted with the level of support we got and response to specific issues. It made our job of organizing the meeting much easier.”   

Peter Hollingsworth, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for the  Systematics Association Conference, August 2007


Conference Organisers

This area is designed to assist you when organising a conference. It explains AAB procedures and provides guidelines to minimise the risk of the conference running at a significant loss. 

AAB Organisers’ Pack for Scientific Conferences


This is the area for Organisers of AAB Scientific Conferences and Workshops

"The principal services provided to members of the Association of Applied Biologists are the high quality scientific publications and series of Conferences, which covers a wide range of topics. Approximately, 12 conferences are arranged each year and require much careful planning and interactions between the Association’s office staff and the voluntary conference organiser(s) who give so generously of their time. The scientific reputation of the Association and its financial security both depend on the success of the conference programme. All successful conferences require careful planning. This Conference Pack has been put together as a guide to help to make the job of the Conference Organiser as easy as possible whilst ensuring that the tasks required are completed on a timely basis and that the communications between office staff and conference organisers run smoothly and efficiently. The information presented has been put together after much discussion amongst colleagues with considerable experience in conference planning and it represents best practice. On behalf of the AAB I would like to thank you most sincerely for your voluntary inputs that are so vital to the work of the Association."


~ Graham Russell, Former AAB Programme Secretary.

Download a copy of the AAB's helpful Conference Organisation Pack now!

Non AAB Conferences

This area is where we will display any conferences which are NOT organised by the AAB but may be of interest to our members and their professional networks.

A complete calendar of live and virtual events can be found on the

Plantae Global Plant Science Events Calendar.