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: When will the 2020 OHBM Annual Meeting be Offered?
A: The OHBM Annual Meeting will start with a live Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday, June 23rd and end with a live Closing & Meeting Highlights session on Friday, July 3rd.   The schedule will be developed using Eastern Standard time.  The 2020 Annual Meeting will be an exciting, exceptional experience that showcases an outstanding scientific program with all the elements of our in-person meeting including a Talaraich Lecturer, Keynote Presenters, Symposia, Oral Sessions, Poster Presentation.  These programs will be of the highest level given by leaders and experts from around the world.  The 2020 OHBM Annual Meeting will offer interactive networking opportunities with live streaming features that will include our committed corporate partners, with industry symposia and more. We will provide participants, faculty members, sponsors and partners with full support and guidance to plan accordingly.


Q: When is registration for the Annual Meeting open?
A:
You will be able to register online through the start of the meeting, June 23rd, 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?
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: What does my registration fee include?
A:
Your registration fee includes the full two-week access to all OHBM-sponsored Keynote Lectures, Symposia, Oral Sessions, poster sessions, exhibit hall.
*A separate registration is required if you wish to attend any Educational Courses. (see Educational Course Rates above). Educational course titles 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: 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: I have already registered for the 2020 Annual Meeting.  Will my registration be transferred to the virtual meeting?
A: Those that have registered for the 2020 Annual Meeting should have received communication regarding a refund and additional options for utilizing your refund.  If you do not take any action on your registration by Friday, May 1st, your registration will be automatically transferred to the virtual platform.


Q: Can I cancel my registration?
A: Cancellation policy for delegates who registered for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Montreal are as follows:

Cancellation policy for new registrations for the 2020 Annual Meeting:

Please contact the OHBM Executive Office at info@humanbrainmapping.org  to process your cancellation.


Q: I have not registered yet, how can I register for the 2020 Annual Meeting?
A: Please visit the OHBM 2020 Annual Meeting website page for more information on registration options for new favorable registration rates with benefits. For questions regarding your registration, please contact us at info@humanbrainmapping.org


Q: What technical equipment do I need to join the 2020 Annual Meeting?
A: You are able to join the 2020 Annual Meeting via any device, your desktop, laptop, smart phone or iPad.


Q: What will the virtual 2020 Annual Meeting offer participants?
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The 2020 Annual Meeting will include access to both live and pre-recorded sessions from world leaders and experts, including industry symposiums and poster presentations, available on-demand for up to 4 months after the meeting.


Q: Can I still present my poster presentation?
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All poster presentations that were approved for the meeting in Montreal, will be included in the virtual meeting.  No new abstracts are being accepted.


Q: I was selected as a speaker or organizer for the meeting in Montreal – am I still able to give my presentation and/or organize a session in the virtual platform?
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Yes, all presenters and organizers have been contacted to confirm their participation with additional guidance and specific instructions on your presentation in the virtual platform to be coming to you in the next couple of weeks.  If you have questions regarding your presentation, contact Mike Mulally at the OHBM Executive Office atmmulally@humanbrainmapping.org.


Q: I'm an exhibitor/sponsor. How does this affect me?
A:
Exhibitors, sponsors and other partners will receive information soon from the OHBM Executive Office regarding many virtual opportunities to showcase your contributions and to interact with delegates from around the world. For questions, please email Mike Mulally at the OHBM Executive Office at mmulally@humanbrainmapping.org


Q: What does the special Lab registration fee include?
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In order to take advantage of the special Lab registration fee, the PI of the lab must register for the Annual Meeting and have four or more students who are registering from that same lab.  There is no limit to the number of students who can register under that Lab fee.  For more information or to take advantage of this special pricing, please contact Mike Mulally at mmulally@humanbrainmapping.org.    


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


Q: Who is eligible for Developing Country Reduced Registration rate?
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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: 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: Will the educational content be available via OHBM OnDemand after the Annual Meeting? 
A:
The educational content from the OHBM Annual Meeting and Educational Courses will be made available on the OHBM OnDemand platform within four months after the meeting concludes.  Access to the content will be made free of charge for those who registered for and attendee the meeting and to OHBM members only.  Non-members will be charged a fee to access this information.