Important Information: The sessions in this year’s meeting are arranged by topic, not by institution.
To make the meeting more cohesive, sessions will be arranged by topic.
The poster venue will be organized in primarily alphabetically order, by number. All posters are to be posted the full 90 minutes of both poster sessions, giving all ample opportunity to present as well as explore other posters.
More interactions, fewer talks.
Based on feedback from previous years, we will have more time for poster sessions and informal discussion and fewer talks. In addition we will introduce “unconference” sessions, which facilitates open discussion (if you’re curious, look up ‘unconference’ in wikipedia). Thus, we ask that no institution contribute more than 4 student talks, and suggest that each institution chooses its own speakers. This can be done before the registration process (such that only 4 students from your institution indicate in the registration form that they plan to give a talk), or after (in which case, we will contact you after the registration period to narrow down the list of speakers).
PI talks and session chairs.
Each PI who volunteers to give a talk will be asked to self-assign to one of the sessions, and may be invited to chair that session. Session chairs will be asked to give a five-minute introduction to the topic, describing the status of the field, identifying burning questions, and placing student talks in this context.