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21st Annual SOCS Scientific Symposium 

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Join us for the 21st Annual Skin of Color Society Scientific Symposium on March 6, 2025, in Orlando, Florida. Delve into cutting-edge discussions and advancements in dermatology as we explore crucial topics related to skin of color.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information coming this Fall!

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Agenda – March 6, 2025

SOCS & SOCS Foundation Annual General Business Meeting

Stay tuned for more details and registration information coming this Fall!

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

View our sponsorship prospectus linked below

Contact: Kimberly Miller, Executive Director at

Registration for this event will open December 2024.


Abstract Presentations & iPoster Galleries

iPoster Online Live Sessions: February 27 - March 4, 2025

Selected abstracts will be invited to present at the Scientific Symposium with either an oral abstract presentation or a digital iPoster via iPoster Sessions. Industry partners* will have an opportunity to also create interactive iPoster with various content, including high-resolution images, videos, audio, and more. The Scientific and Industry iPoster Galleries will be available from February 27, 2025, and will remain available for one year after the event.

Participants can engage with the content and leave messages. Authors will have the flexibility to select the iPoster Online Live Session dates and times within the iPoster platform.

Important Information:

  • iPoster Upload: Starts on November 19, 2024, and ends on December 9, 2024
  • iPoster Online Live Sessions: February 27 - March 4, 2025
  • iPosters will be reviewed and rated in December and January, with the top 10 iPosters selected as featured iPosters at the Symposium on March 6th. Notifications will be sent out in February.
  • Please note that abstract changes are not permitted for submitted and accepted abstracts.
  • The platform supports interactive multimedia content, and attendees can engage with you virtually during live session chat hours.

Technical Support:

For tutorials, guides, samples, and additional information, please visit the iPosterSessions Resources page for assistance. If you have any questions, please contact the iPoster Support Desk at with Conference Code: SOCS2025.

*Based on sponsorship level.

View 2024 iPoster Galleries

Accepting abstracts August 1 through October 1, 2024

The 21st Annual Skin of Color Society Scientific Symposium, in conjunction with the 2025 AAD Annual Meeting, invites submissions for abstracts. The Symposium will take place on March 6, 2025, in Orlando, FL.

Please review the submission guidelines below before submitting your abstract via AwardForce. Note that submitting your abstract does not register you to attend the Symposium. If selected for an oral or poster presentation, registration for the Symposium is required.


General Information

  • Presenting Author must be a SOCS member and able to present the abstract at the Symposium.
  • This program is reserved to Skin of Color Society members and pending members with a complete membership application. Apply for membership here!
  • Non-members must submit a complete membership application by September 30th to meet eligibility requirements.
  • Abstracts should be submitted by the presenting author only.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by Tuesday, October 1 (12:00 PM CT).
  • Acceptance and rejection notices will be sent to the submitter in December 2024.
  • All accepted presenters must register for the 21st Annual Skin of Color Society Scientific Symposium for inclusion in the program.

Presenting Author Responsibilities 
The first author listed for each abstract will serve as the presenting author and primary contact for all correspondence regarding the abstract.


  • Ensure that all authors have read the abstract and have agreed to be co-authors.
  • Obtain all the disclosure information from co-authors.
  • Forward all correspondence to all co-authors.
  • If selected, register for the Scientific Symposium. 

Submission Guidelines

  • The Skin of Color Society encourages original studies or observations of interest to dermatologists with a focus on skin of color.
  • Oral Abstract Presentations: Exclusively available to members in the Resident, Research Trainee, and Medical Student categories.
  • Poster Presentations: Available to members eligible for oral abstract presentations, as well as those in the Fellow, International Fellow, and Associate member categories.
  • Abstracts must address scientific or clinical questions, detail clinical observations, or contain primary scientific data.
  • Incomplete or data-less abstracts will not be considered.
  • Case studies or reports will not be accepted.
  • Specific data ineligible for consideration:
    • Data published by the abstract submission deadline.
    • Data presented at the AAD Annual Meeting in the same calendar year.
    • Encore presentations.
    • Data submitted by industry. 
  • For clinical trials: interim analysis must align with the original protocol and be statistically valid; follow-up data must present significant new information.
  • All research involving human and animal subjects must comply with the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association.
  • No revisions are allowed after the submission deadline.

All submissions must include:

  • A clear, concise, and structured abstract of no more than 250 words in English, adhering to Introduction/Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, Limitation, and Conclusions sections.
  • A title (in Title Case).
  • Full names of all authors.
  • Institution affiliations for each author.
  • Presenting Author must be a SOCS member.
  • Up to five references or citations, formatted according to any major academic citation style.
  • Disclosure of conflicts of interest for primary author and co-authors.

Abstract Withdrawal
Written requests for withdrawal must be submitted by January 10.

SOCS reserves the right to withdraw abstracts violating its policies, including previous publication, scientific unsoundness, or inaccuracies.