Frequently Asked Questions

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When is registration?

Registration will be open Jan. 15 to March 5. Registrations submitted after that time will be waitlisted and approved as space and scheduling allows.

Is there a cost to attend the conference?

This conference is free for all attendees. 

What is the Gong Show?

The Gong Show is a fun competition which challenges students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members to describe their science in a way that anyone can understand, or in other words, jargon-free, and in three minutes or less. 

You can find out more about the Gong Show here.

How big should my poster be?

The maximum size for posters is 4 ft x 4 ft (120 cm x 120 cm).

How long are the talks?

Oral presentations are 10 minutes long, plus a five minute Q&A. 

When should I set up my poster?

Between 8:15 and 12 for Wednesday posters. 

Between 8:15 and 12:30 for Thursday posters.

If I want to do a talk, but there aren't enough slots, will I be given an opportunity to present a poster instead?

The conference is a multi-session event happening over three days with many opportunities to present. We believe we will be able to accommodate a student's first choice. However, if, for some reason, we are unable to, we will reach out to the student to determine their second choice.