Annual Meeting Attendance Justification Toolkit

Do you want to attend the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting, but need to justify the investment to your employer? We have created a toolkit to ensure you have all of the meeting details when you talk to your chair, supervisor, or boss. Utilize the tips, expense worksheet, and justification letter in this toolkit to prove the value of your attendance!

Be Prepared

Things to consider that will help justify your travel and meeting expense:

  • Know your registration rate! Visit the registration page and determine your qualifying rate. Did you know becoming a Society member helps save you money on registration?
  • Make a checklist of the sessions you want to attend. Focus on the specific benefits and value of attending these sessions. A full list of sessions will be available in mid-August. Explore the selected symposia and workshops now!
  • It isn’t an expense, it’s an investment. What is the return on investment (ROI) of you attending? You should be able to showcase the benefits/value to your organization in relation to the expense it will incur.

    Read the stories of several ESA members to learn about how their experiences at an ESA Annual Meeting changed their careers—and some advice for making the most of a scientific conference.
  • Prepare a work plan for your supervisor with details like who will cover for you and how your workload will be managed while you are attending the meeting.
  • Share your experience. Propose delivering a short presentation to your colleagues after the meeting to share what you learned and offer possible applications and recommendations relevant to your lab or office.

"Justification Letter Preview"

Send a Formal Request

Help your boss make an informed decision.

  • State your top three reasons for attending.
  • Articulate how the event will benefit you, your organization, and any relevant initiatives.
  • Consider including a few sessions you would like to attend and a list of a few speakers you would like to network with.
  • Include an estimated cost breakdown (see the sample expense worksheet). This will provide you with a negotiating tool; your boss may be willing to send you if you can find a way to reduce meal or lodging costs.

Download a letter to customize!


Sample Expense Worksheet




2022 Joint Annual Meeting Registration Fee

Early bird rate deadline is September 19


ESA, ESBC or ESC Annual Membership Dues

Registration cost savings of $_____
Member benefit access: journals, webinars, etc.



Air mileage points available to offset airfare?



Number of nights; room rate; taxes


Transportation fee

Taxi/car rental/airport shuttle/rideshare/train



Driving to the conference or to the airport for your flight?


Food per diem

Refer to your company’s policy if applicable


Miscellaneous reimbursable expenses

Tips, internet fees, etc.