What to Expect

During the conference

Learn from the experts at your own pace
Be inspired by our invited speakers and gain an insight into new research from around the world. No need to take notes as you can watch all talks and slides again after the event. *

Get interactive
Discussion zone: there will be the opportunity to submit questions for the speakers to answer directly after their talk, but also after every few talks there will be an interactive ‘discussion zone’ with all the sessions speakers, to allow participants to ask questions directly to speakers over zoom and allow more back and forth. Feel free to attend this discussion zone also if you just want to observe, hear the questions and answers, and see how the field interacts. Everyone should feel comfortable to ask questions and make comments, and we encourage you to turn your video on.

Networking Mixer: at the end of the first day, we will host our informal virtual networking mixer, all the speakers and editors will be present, and we will use randomly generated small zoom breakout rooms, which we will keep mixing up, to enable people to catch up with old colleagues and meet new people. To keep the conversation flowing, come prepared to tell the others where you are from, where you are in the world currently, what you work on, whose talk you’re most excited about, and perhaps what you are drinking! We will keep mixing the rooms up, as long as there are people left!

Meet the speaker/editor: On the second day we plan to have two meet the speaker/editor sessions. These will be small and informal with parallel zoom breakout rooms of two speakers or editors and max six attendees. Delegates will be able to register for these sessions in advance on a first come first serve basis. 

Flash Talks: There are still 10 slots for flash talks (2 minutes each) that we will be selecting from the poster abstracts closer to the start of the Symposia.

Panel: On the final day we will have a panel discussion, with the broad theme ‘Hurdles for the field’ to allow for an open and lively discussion. The panel of five speakers will include our academic organisers Christine Mayr and Simon Alberti. Come and ask questions, suggest topics for discussion and vote in online polling

Review the latest research in the ePoster area and discuss directly with the author in the live poster sessions. Each poster presenter will have their own virtual room where up to 15 people can enter at one time and turn on their camera and audio to discuss the poster directly with the author.

Get social using #CSBioAssemblies. Post messages, comments, and pictures on the provide social event feed.

Build your network
Engage with speakers, poster presenters, and other attendees in the live sessions. Connect with other delegates to discuss common research topics and arrange meetings.

Collaborate 1:1
Arrange one-to-one video meetings with other participants: follow-up on key areas of interest resulting from the talks and posters.

Meet with exhibitors
Visit the online exhibitor booths to find out more about the latest products and services: watch demonstrations on video and chat live with company representatives.

Enjoy the experience
Prepare to participate and to have some fun with your peers.

Want to know more, take a look at our FAQ or contact C.mole@elsevier.com.




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