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BIOCOMM 2020 postponed to 2021, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
May 19-23, 2020

BIOCOMM 2020 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

BioCommunications Association Executive Board Statement in response to Covid-19 global pandemic

March 11, 2020

In response to the current worldwide health crisis represented by the Covid-19 global pandemic, the BCA Executive Committee has made the unprecedented decision to postpone BIOCOMM 2020, the annual meeting of the BCA. The reasons are outlined below.

  1. First and foremost, the health and safety of our membership must be considered. Institutions are banning attendance at meetings to avoid inadvertently become a nucleus for spreading the disease.
  2. Many of our attending members fall into the higher, at-risk age groups for severity of the disease.
  3. As an international organization, we are aware of people from at least 4 countries, including the U.S., who were planning on attending BIOCOMM. Covid-19 has been reported in each of these member countries. The disease is highly contagious and people moving through centers for travel, like airports, will be more susceptible to exposure in these locations.
  4. International travel has been highly discouraged and even banned by our member's institutions. Travel restrictions are extremely fluid and changing daily.

This situation is unprecedented. As there are too many unknowns at this time and decisions must be made in relatively short order, the prudent thing to do is to postpone the meeting to 2021. Certain activities, such as the official business meeting can be handled asynchronously through remote means, so we can still take care of the Association's business and use the ensuing year to work on other projects for the organization. Meanwhile, we can spend the time to further enhance the experience for BIOCOMM 2021, which will now be the 90th official gathering. This is a difficult decision, but we believe it to be the right one. We will post details and dates for Santa Fe, New Mexico BIOCOMM, 2021 soon.

BCA leadership is available to you by phone or email.


Adam Cooper, President
Jamie Hayden, Vice President
Jim Koepfler, Secretary/Treasurer

A full letter from the leadership is available here.

Meeting Overview

BIOCOMM 2020, May 19-23 will be held at the Drury Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the most popular destinations in North America.

Santa Fe Historic District © Tourism Santa Fe

The annual BCA conference provides a fabulous opportunity to meet and network with fellow colleagues, discuss technical issues and establish new connections. Attend BIOCOMM 2020 and you will be professionally and personally rewarded by this vibrant meeting. This dynamic experience cannot be underestimated. Click here to sign up for meeting updates and news.

Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Address Will Wilson, Diné photographer

AIR 1 © Will Wilson

Will Wilson is a photographic artist and an educator and is Program Head of Photography, Santa Fe Community College.

Will Wilson's art projects center around the continuation and transformation of customary indigenous cultural practice. He is a Diné photographer and trans-customary artist who spent his formative years living on the Navajo Nation. With his lens based artistry Wilson challenges the traditional portrayal of the indigenous North American image and reclaims it for modern generations. He will focus on two of his current projects, the Auto Immune Response (AIR) project and his Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX).

Wilson studied photography, sculpture, and art history at the University of New Mexico (MFA, Photography, 2002) and Oberlin College (BA, Studio Art and Art History, 1993).

More information about Will Wilson can be found at https://willwilson.photoshelter.com.

The Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Address is an endowed lectureship, in the memory of Maria (Ikenberg) Lindberg. This opening address at the BCA annual meeting will inspire and set the tone for the meeting. Learn more about one of BCA's pioneers Maria Ikenberg Lindberg.

Gale Spring, FBPA to deliver the Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture

For over 40 years, Gale has witnessed the impact and challenges of technology on the interpretation of images. As he was completing his masters degree at the University of North Texas in 1977, Gale was offered the unique opportunity to re-configure and expand the Pathology Department at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas. For 11 years Gale worked as the Director of Photographic Services and also for the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science. During that time, he also produced and directed the annual Medical Photography Workshop that involved several BPA members as workshop presenters.

Crystallization © Gale Spring, FBPA

In 1988, Gale made a giant leap moving from Dallas, Texas to Melbourne, Australia to become Senior Lecturer and Program Leader of the Scientific Photography program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Gale retired in 2013 as the Deputy Dean in the School of Science but remains an Adjunct Professor. He continues teaching, conducting workshops and consulting on forensic imaging cases. His interests still lay in the interpretation of photographic imaging in forensic matters.

See some of Gale's technical photography videos on the BCA YouTube Channel.

The Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture is an endowed lectureship, in the memory of Anne Shiras. Anne was both a pioneer practitioner in the field of medical photography and a key officer in our organization from the founding era through the first two decades. Learn more about one of BCA's pioneers Anne Shiras.

Post-Conference Workshop, May 23

Directly following BIOCOMM 2020 ´╗┐there will be a post conference workshop. Continue the networking with colleagues in a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, while still continuing to reap the educational benefits of photography in the field.

The post conference workshop begins Saturday 23 May. We will travel in convoy to Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, to photograph in these exquisitely stunning landscape locations.

Read more about the Post-Conference Workshop

About Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe embodies a rich history, melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures whose influences are apparent in everything from the architecture through to the food and art. It is known throughout the world for it's diverse photographic culture. The city sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet. It also boasts 320 days of sunshine per year.

Drury Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The BCA meeting will be held at the historic Drury Plaza Hotel located in the heart of downtown in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The BCA has negotiated an exclusive room rate of $149 a night which includes a full breakfast and Drury's Kickback from 5:30 – 7:00 pm every evening featuring free hot food and cold beverages for guests. Learn more and make your reservation on the BIOCOMM 2020 Registration page.

The hotel includes free wireless internet, microwave and refrigerator in every room, an outdoor pool, rooftop bar and more. This hotel, is located in a renovated historic building.


Getting to Santa Fe is easy. You can fly into Albuquerque and either rent a car or take the Groome Transportation shuttle from the airport to Santa Fe. The shuttle is $36 each way and requires 24-48 hours notice. Click on the link above for more information and to make a reservation.

Alternatively there is an airport in Santa Fe.

Plan your BIOCOMM 2020 travel experience to Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Skyline © Tourism Santa Fe

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The BCA meeting will be held at the historic Drury Plaza Hotel located in the heart of downtown in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The BCA has negotiated an exclusive room rate of $149 a night which includes a full breakfast and Drury's Kickback from 5:30 – 7:00 pm every evening featuring free hot food and cold beverages for guests. Learn more and make your reservation on the BIOCOMM 2020 Registration page.

Meeting Registration Rates

Member $375
Non-Member $495
Retired/Emeritus $250
Student/Spouse $175
Post Conference Workshop $110

Related Links

Santa Fe Tourism

New Mexico Tourism

Director of Conferences

If you require additional information about presentations, please contact Connie Johansen RBP, FBCA, the Director of Conferences.

Past Annual Meetings

BIOCOMM 2019 – Asilomar Park, CA

BIOCOMM 2018 – Savannah, GA

BIOCOMM 2017 – Portland, OR

BIOCOMM 2016 – New Orleans, LA

BIOCOMM 2015 – Santa Fe, NM

BIOCOMM 2014 – Rochester,  MN

BIOCOMM 2013 – Asilomar Park, CA

BIOCOMM 2012 – Bar Harbor, ME

BIOCOMM 2011 – Phoenix, AZ

BIOCOMM 2010 – Boston, MA

BIOCOMM 2009 – Park City, UT

BIOCOMM 2008 – Rochester, NY

BIOCOMM 2007 – Tucson, AZ

BIOCOMM 2006 – Knoxville,  TN

BIOCOMM 2005 – Portland,  OR

BIOCOMM 2004 – Boston, MA

View a complete list of past Annual Meetings since 1931.

About the BCA

The BioCommunications Association, or BCA, is an international association of media professionals who create and use quality images in visual communications for teaching, documentation and presentations in the life sciences and medicine. If you are interested in an organization dedicated to supporting the production of visual communications for the life sciences then welcome to the BCA. Membership Information

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