2020 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why was the decision made to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada and offer the meeting in a virtual format?
A: The health and safety of our meeting participants, faculty members, volunteers, industry partners, vendors and staff is our priority. For weeks, we closely monitored updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and have worked with all stakeholders involved exploring the possible options. Unfortunately, due to escalating international travel and public gathering restrictions, a physical meeting of our international colleagues and partners in Montreal was no longer possible.  OHBM remains devoted to bringing together the brain mapping community to learn the latest from one another, and to advance research. With this in mind, OHBM decided to bring the world meeting to each of you in the form of a virtual experience – the 26th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, June 23-July 3, 2020.


Q: How long is registration for the Annual Meeting open?
A: You will be able to register online through the end of the meeting, July 3rd, 2020. Your OHBM login credentials will allow you access to the virtual conference website.


Q: What is the best way to pay for the Annual Meeting and Education Courses?
A:
Payment by credit card online is the fastest and easiest way to register. We also accept check or wire transfer - please reach out to info@humanbrainmapping.org if you wish to use those forms of payment.


Q: Who is eligible for Developing Country Reduced Registration rate?
A:
OHBM provides an opportunity for current members who reside and work in countries ranking low on The World Bank's country income classification list to apply for reduced registration rates (a 50% discount on the General Annual Meeting registration fees) for the OHBM Annual Meeting. Discounts do not apply to educational courses. Please Submit Your Application here.


Q: What does my Annual Meeting registration fee include?
A:
Your Annual Meeting registration fee includes:
Sponsored Keynote Lectures
- Symposia
- Oral Sessions
- Poster Sessions
- Exhibit Hall
- Engagement Lounges
*A separate registration is required if you wish to attend any Educational Courses. Educational course titles and description are available to view on the OHBM website and we encourage you to register for them now. If you would like to add an educational course to your current registration, please contact info@humanbrainmapping.org.


Q: Who is considered a Student Member?
A:
A student member is a full-time student working towards a graduate degree (MS, PhD, or MD degree) or an individual who is no more than four years out after completing such a degree.


Q: Can I attend the Educational Courses without having to register for the full Annual Meeting?
A: Typically registration for the Annual Meeting is a requirement in order to register for Educational Courses.  For this year only, you may elect to attend the Educational Courses without registering for the Annual Meeting as they are being offered as two separate events with separate log in credentials required to participate. 


Q: How do I register for the Educational Courses? 
A: Please visit the OHBM 2020 Annual Meeting website page for more information and to register for Educational Courses.


Q:  When are the Educational Courses being held? 
A:  Education courses will be made available on Monday, July 13th.  All courses are pre-recorded and can be watched at the attendees leisure.  Interactive engagement lounges will be held Wednesday, July 15th through Friday, July 17th.


Q: Can I still upload my poster presentation?
A: Unfortunately, the deadline for uploading posters was Monday, June 15th.


Q: Where can I find the program and abstract book?
A:
Please visit the OHBM Annual Meeting page for the most up-to-date information on schedule and programming.


Q: How do I obtain my CEU credits?
A: 
The OHBM Executive Office will be sending a survey to all registered attendees to complete.  Once the survey has been completed, attendees will receive their CEU certificate.


Q: If I have technical difficulty while attending the Annual Meeting, where do I go for help?
A:
Once you are logged in to the Annual Meeting platform, please visit the lobby and click on the hanging banner that reads Technical Support.


Q: Will a program and abstract book be provided?
A:
A condensed Program Book and Abstract/Poster Presentation book will be available via PDF on the OHBM website.


Q: How do I participate in the engagement lounges?
A:
Attendees will enter the engagement lounge via the navigation bar in the lobby.  You will interact with your colleagues utilizing the chat feature in this room.


Q: Can you explain the different time zones in which programming is being held?
A:  Three days of programming and activities have been scheduled alternating between three major time zones as follows: 1) New York (North/South America) 2) London (Europe) and 3) Hong Kong (Asia/Australia). This Schedule of Events will allow most countries to attend “live” chat events and activities.  But remember – all content will be available to fit your personal schedule with the ability to connect with the presenters.


Q: Will there be an opportunity for me to debate, ask questions or chat via camera with presenters or other attendees?
A: Video chat is not available on this year's Annual Meeting platform.  We encourage you to set up additional video meet ups with your colleagues until we all meet again in 2021 in Seoul.


Q: I noticed that the General Assembly & Feedback Forum is not included on the agenda. When will that be held? 
A: 
The General Assembly and Feedback Forum will be held the week of July 8th.   A survey will be sent to gather member questions in advance of the Forum.  Please stay tuned!


Q: Will all of the courses be available after the Annual Meeting has ended?
A:
Yes, attendees will be able to view ALL content through the virtual platform website until Thursday, August 20th.  After this date the content will be available to OHBM Members on OHBM’s OnDemand platform.  You can become a member on the OHBM Membership Webpage.


Q: Where do I complete my evaluation form or submit comments for future consideration?
A: 
In July, attendees will receive a survey link via email to provide us with their feedback on the Annual Meeting.


Q: Does OHBM have a Code of Conduct?
A: 
Yes, please visit the OHBM website or click here to review the OHBM Code of Conduct.

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