FAQs for Neuroscience 2021
What’s the deal with Neuroscience 2021? Is it two meetings?
Neuroscience 2021 is one meeting with two experiences: virtual and in-person. Both the virtual and the in-person experiences are full programs, and all abstract presenters are being asked to submit a digital abstract, whether they plan to attend in-person or not.
What are the dates of Neuroscience 2021?
The virtual experience will take place November 8-11, 2021.
The in-person experience will take place November 13-16, 2021.
Are vaccines required for Neuroscience 2021?
With rising Delta Covid transmission rates and to ensure the safest possible in-person Neuroscience 2021 gathering, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required to attend the in-person portion of Neuroscience 2021. Prior to the annual meeting, be prepared to upload documented proof that full vaccination was completed at least 14 days prior to arriving on-site in Chicago. No one will be admitted to Neuroscience 2021 without proof of full vaccination; specific instructions for providing proof will follow. There will be no exceptions to the vaccination requirement to attend Neuroscience 2021 and no refunds will be issued for unvaccinated individuals.
What should I do if I'm not vaccinated yet?
Unvaccinated individuals are highly encouraged to participate in the full virtual portion of Neuroscience 2021, scheduled for November 8-11, 2021. The virtual portion includes the full slate of poster presentations and a full program.
What about masks and social distancing?
With the rising Delta Covid transmission rates and to ensure the safest possible in-person Neuroscience 2021 gathering, masks will be required during the in-person portion of the annual meeting in Chicago. Masks are required except in the following limited circumstances: 1. When actively eating or drinking, 2. When presenting at a lecture or panel, or 3. When seated in a meeting of 35 or fewer people. Masks will be required at all times on the poster and exhibit floor. Any person who does not adhere to the mask policy will be asked to leave the Convention Center and may be denied readmission to the meeting. As SfN continues to track the rate of Covid transmission and public health guidance, this policy may be updated accordingly.
What are the requirements for an abstract presenter?
All abstract presenters are asked to submit a virtual abstract whether or not they’re planning to attend in-person. There are 3 elements for the virtual abstract:
- PDF slide presentation
- 5-minute video or audio presentation
- Participation in a 60-minute virtual discussion with 7-10 other participants, as sessioned by the Program Committee.
For those planning to attend in-person, the traditional abstract presentation format and rules apply.
You can find specific abstract submission rules here.
Do I have to present my abstract virtually if it contains unpublished data?
All accepted abstract submitters will be required to upload a virtual poster presentation, and we understand this means that virtual posters may differ from what’s presented in-person at the discretion of the poster presenter. Additionally, poster presenters should utilize SfN’s photography and recording icons to indicate whether they approve sharing of their presentation material with attribution.
Why do I have to pay the same amount if I’m only planning to attend the meeting virtually and not in-person?
In order to offer the most value to the field and make Neuroscience 2021 as inclusive as possible in light on going travel uncertainties and restrictions, both a full virtual and full in-person program are being planned, emphasizing interactivity in both experiences. The virtual program is a full program, and all presentations will be available there, with the live program taking place November 8-11, 2021. Additionally, all presentations will be available on-demand until November 30, 2021.
Why aren’t there nanosymposia this year?
The 5-minute video and audio presentation will be available for each virtual poster, expanding the opportunity for all abstract submitters to present their research.