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As we monitor the global progress of efforts to manage the pandemic, the health and safety of attendees, presenters, exhibitors, staff, and the local community is a priority for the Society for Glycobiology (SFG), along with providing formats that meet the needs of the society’s membership. This year’s annual meeting will use a hybrid meeting format (in-person and virtual component) as described below.

Planning for a LIVE in-person gathering at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel continues. For those who can join us in person, we are excited to meet again face-to-face in San Diego, November 7–10, 2021. To ensure the safest possible in-person gathering, vaccinations and masks will be required for the in-person events in San Diego as detailed below. Please visit the website for additional details of SFG Safety Statement and Meeting Policies.

An alternative VIRTUAL format is now available to allow for registration those who are unable to attend in person. This format will include ways to connect with other attendees and to interact with SFG sponsors virtually.

Hybrid Meeting Format (In-Person and Virtual Component)

The in-person meeting will be held at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel and vaccinations and masks will be required.

  • Proof of full vaccination is required. Prior to arriving on-site, attendees will be asked to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated. Be prepared to upload documented proof, such as a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO) card/letter, that full vaccination was completed at least 14 days prior to arriving on-site in San Diego. There will be no exceptions to the vaccination requirement to attend the in-person portion of the meeting. Unvaccinated individuals are highly encouraged to access the virtual version of the meeting, which includes posters and recordings of sessions with keynote talks and award lectures. You can upload your proof of vaccination at this secure form.
  • Face masks are required to be worn indoors except in the following limited circumstances: 1. When actively eating or drinking, 2. When presenting a talk. Masks will be required at all times in the poster and exhibit areas. No food or beverages will be permitted in the poster areas. Any person who does not adhere to the mask policy will be asked to leave and may be denied readmission to the meeting.

Virtual Component

  • Sessions will be recorded and available on a virtual platform. The sessions, including keynote talks and award lectures, will not be live-streamed. Rather, the recorded sessions will be available after the meeting for viewing on demand at times when it is convenient for virtual registrants to experience the content of the meeting.
  • This virtual format will include posters, keynote talks, and award lectures, as well as additional ways to connect with fellow attendees and to interact with SFG sponsors.


If you have already registered for the in-person meeting, please contact [email protected] if you would like to convert your in-person registration to a virtual-only registration.

See the updated registration page for the in-person and virtual-only registration options.

  • In-person registrants will also have access to the on-demand content following the meeting.
  • The on-demand content of the meeting, along with networking connections, will be available for 60 days following the end of the meeting.
  • Due to the full vaccination status requirement for in-person attendees, there will be no on-site registration option.

These decisions have been made to provide all participants with the access and assurances to confidently register for the Annual Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact me or SFG staff at [email protected]. I look forward to your in-person or virtual participation in November!


Nancy M. Dahms, PhD
SFG President
[email protected]

Thank You To Our Sponsors!
(as of September 21, 2021)

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!
View the prospectus and contact Barbara Bienkowski at [email protected] or (240) 404-6481 for more information.

Society for Glycobiology
1300 Piccard Drive, Suite LL-14
Rockville, MD 20850

(240) 371-9950



Announcing the 2021 Society for Glycobiology Awardees

On behalf of the entire SFG membership, I am pleased to announce our 2021 SFG Awardees-

Karl Meyer Lectureship Award:  
Dr. John Hanover, NIH-NIDDK

Rosalind Kornfeld Awards For Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology:
Dr. Linda Baum, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Michael “Hawkeye” Pierce, University of Georgia 

Glycobiology Significant Achievement Award:
Dr. Peng Wu, The Scripps Research Institute

ASBMB Molecular and Cellular Proteomics Lectureship:
Dr. Joseph Zaia, Boston University School of Medicine

President’s Innovator Award:
Dr. Suzanne Walker, Harvard Medical School

Inaugural Society for Glycobiology Distinguished Service Award:
Dr. Pamela Marino, Kelly Government Solutions

Heartiest CONGRATULATIONS to all 2021 SFG Awardees!!!


Submitted August 18, 2021
Don Jarvis, Secretary, Society for Glycobiology


Congratulations to Professor Ten Feizi
Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

We are pleased to announce that Professor Ten Feizi FRS FMedSci, Director of the Glycosciences Laboratory  at Imperial College London, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for her contribution to the field of glycobiology and the development of glycan microarrays.



Important Glycobiology/Glycoscience-related announcements AND resources from NIH

Upcoming Meetings

The NIH Glycobiology Scientific Interest Group is holding its annual NIH & FDA Glycoscience Research Day on June 1, 2021 (virtual)
The NIH Common Fund Glycoscience Program ‘All Hands Meeting’ will be July 6-7, 2021 (most likely virtual) 
FYI - The CF-GSP is also planning three virtual workshops/symposia (no dates set yet)

Recent CF-GSP sponsored Webinars/Workshops/Symposia 

Can be found on the NIH Videocast site under past events (direct links below).
These events have drawn considerable attention!

Frontiers in Carbohydrate Synthesis Symposium
Jan 28, 2021 & Jan 29, 2021;
The Biology of Glycosaminoglycans in Health & Disease 
September 18, 2020
New Tools to Explore the Biology of Bacterial Polysaccharides
September 14, 2020
(a polysaccharides resource guide was developed from this meeting - see attached)

New Tools for Finding Glycans in the PDB & Using the Information to Model 3D Structures of Glycans and GlycoProteins

August 14, 2020 
NIH videocast
Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, & Glycans 
May 1, 2020

Additional CF-GSP Resources

CF Glycoscience Demonstration Video’s 
made by several of its PI’s about their tools
Standards & Reagents Freely Available through the CF-GSP   
Synthetic T. cruzi derived O-glycans
synthetic Glycosaminoglycan Standards
Photocrosslinking sugar technology that can be used to identify glycan-dependent interactions
Software for analyzing glycan-array dataMore information
Reference Data 
Commercial lectins from Vector Labs and Sigma Aldrich are being screened on glycan arrays by batch and this reference data is on-line.


2020 Polysaccharides Resource Guide

posted February 23, 2021




IGO & glyco26 Update

Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,

The 26th International Symposium on Glycoconjugates, the Glyco26, programmed for August 29-September 3 of this year, has been deferred to August 27-September 1, 2023. As you can imagine, it is with great disappointment and sadness that we have had to make this difficult decision. However, I think we are all in agreement that this was inevitable due to the pandemic covid-19 that seriously continues to affect all the world. The safety of the whole community remained the most important point to take the final decision.

We want to thank all the Colleagues that accepted- or programmed to attend the Glyco26.

In a second moment, I contacted the national representative that offered their efforts to organize the next glyco27, glyco28 and glyco29 in Vancouver (Canada), Japan and France, respectively, and informed on the necessity to progressively shift all the symposia of two years. They accepted this and accordingly  the next sequence will be: Taipei in 2023, Vancouver in 2025, Japan in 2027 and France in 2029. 

We very much look forward to welcoming you all to Taipei in 2023!
The International Glycoconjugate Organization

Professor Sandro Sonnino
International Glycoconjugate Organization, President
Glycoconjugate Journal, Editor-in-Chief
Department of Medical Biotechnology and Translational Medicine
University of Milan
Via Fratelli Cervi 93, 20090 Segrate (Mi), Italy
Tel. 3480085043
posted February 23, 2021
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