Conference Format

The online virtual meeting will use Zoom video conferencing. You will need a Zoom account. You can interface with Zoom via the desktop client, a mobile app, and will be also able to join the meeting via browser only (Google Chrome recommended) if you are unable to download the Zoom desktop client. We suggest the desktop client or mobile app, which use less bandwidth than Zoom in your browser. See Zoom help for more:

There will be three formats for presentations:

  • Keynote talks: 30 or 40 minutes. Keynote presentations will be of 30 or 40 minutes  duration (25 or 35 minutes for the presentation with an additional 5 minutes for questions).
  • Oral sessions: 15 or 20 minutes. Presentations should be restricted to 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions (or 12 minutes with an additional 3 minutes for questions).
  • Lightning talks : 5 minutes. Lightning talks are recorded talks of no longer than 3 minutes with no more than 3 slides, that must be submitted to the organizing committee in advance. The speakers should be present during the scientific session and will be allowed 2 minutes of discussion with the audience (deadline for submitting the talk, 30th August 2021). For this type of talk, we accept that all the presenters may speak in their own language. In this case, English subtitles should be added to the slides. We suggest using free software automatically generating subtitles, e.g. Maestra (

The sessions will be recorded and made available online after the completion of the meeting.

Presenters for keynote oral sessions and will have the option to submit a pre-recorded presentation. Participants can engage with presentations using the chat function in real time.

Networking sessions will also be scheduled.

Due to the many time zones represented within our community, the timing of sessions will be staggered throughout the conference days. In this way, no single region of the globe will have a consistently undesirable meeting schedule.  For sessions that are inconvenient to attend in your time zone, recordings will be available.

We look forward to welcoming you to this virtual conference.