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Associations Prep and Debut Virtual Conference Options

Virtual offerings can deliver the education attendees seek

While growing concerns about COVID-19 have caused events big and small to postpone or cancel, many associations are hustling to ensure the show will go on, even if that means moving all or parts of their conferences to a virtual environment. Here’s a look at how three associations are taking their events online.

On March 6, IAS-USA announced that its Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) would go virtual at its regularly scheduled time, which happened to be only two days later.

IAS-USA quickly developed a plan [PDF] to get presenters to submit video recordings of their slide presentations, which were then streamed to attendees. In addition, poster presenters had the option to upload a five-minute video description of their research. Poster presenter videos were available to attendees during the virtual conference via the mobile app. IAS-USA was even able to add a special session on COVID-19, which featured four speakers discussing global efforts to control the outbreak.

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