Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to register to attend the 52nd LPSC virtual conference?
Yes, you will need to register to access the live and on-demand sessions, iPosters, exhibit booths, press conferences, and town hall events. One week before LPSC, a link to the virtual conference website will be posted on the LPSC Main Page.
Do I need to download or install any software to attend the virtual conference?
No, all you need is a standard web browser and a stable internet connection to access the virtual conference website.
Will there be a registration fee? Will there be a discounted fee for students?
The virtual conference will have a standard professional registration fee and a discounted student registration fee.
Why is there a registration fee for a virtual conference?
To provide an integrated approach to an all-virtual LPSC, a virtual event platform is necessary. Using the latest virtual technologies and capabilities, we can deliver an exceptional experience that will facilitate sharing your research, asking questions, and networking with colleagues. For the first time ever, you will have advanced access to pre-recorded sessions and archived access for up to 30 days post-LPSC.
What is your cancellation policy?
Requests for cancellation with a full refund will only be accepted through March 5, 2021. All cancellation requests must be submitted by clicking the cancel button under the action column in the registration section of the USRA Meeting Portal. Those who fail to attend and do not notify USRA prior to the March 5 deadline will forfeit their full fee.
When will the full conference program be available?
Authors can view their assigned method of presentation on the conference program page on January 29. The full conference program will be released on February 5, 2021. To be added to the mailing list to receive program information, submit an Indication of Interest form by January 31, 2021.
Is the iPoster format the only option for poster presenters?
All posters will be submitted through the iPoster format, which can include images and text and enables the use of video, audio files, and interactive communication tools.
Will there be a dedicated timeslot for the poster sessions?
While there will not be dedicated poster session hours during the week of the conference, the iPoster format will allow attendees to browse the iPosters at any time of day. Attendees may contact poster presenters and ask questions and leave comments using the chat feature. iPosters will be available for viewing on March 8, 2021, until 30 days after the conference concludes.
Will everyone who requests an oral presentation be given one?
Even though there will be more sessions with the virtual format, the days will be shorter and therefore the number of presentations will not increase substantially from that of past years. There will be a limited number of live presentations (not pre-recorded) selected by the program committee during the week of the conference.
How will oral sessions be handled at the conference?
Those selected for oral presentations must be prepared to pre-record their full-length presentation and submit it by March 1. All pre-recorded oral presentations will be made available for viewing on March 8. During the live session, speakers will give a brief recap (2–3 minutes) of their pre-recorded presentation followed by a Q&A session. Instructions for pre-recorded presentations will be announced in February.
How can I ask speakers questions during the live oral sessions?
Each live oral session will have session chairs and support staff to monitor the Q&A. Attendees will comment and upvote the questions, and the hosts can determine which questions should be asked during the session. The speakers will do their best to answer as many questions as possible during the allotted time.
Will I have access to the sessions after the conference has concluded?
Registered LPSC attendees will have full access to the recorded sessions after the conference has concluded for up to 30 days.
Will there be networking opportunities for students and early-career scientists?
The virtual conference has interaction and networking opportunities built right into the platform. First-time attendees should check out the Public and Scientist Engagement Events.