MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Virtual IMMUNOLOGY2021™ will be held May 10–15, 2021, online for the very first time! The 104th AAI annual meeting will feature incredible science that registrants can access from the comfort, convenience, and safety of their own home or office.
Attendees will be able to access recordings of sessions after the end date of the meeting. Unlike onsite meetings, this removes the limitations of having to choose which sessions to attend. Instead, you will have access to the program as it suits your schedule!
Intense planning has resulted in an event featuring high-quality interactive content. More details will be
provided as they become available. For the most up-to-date information, please explore the scientific program, abstract-driven sessions, career-advancement sessions and events, social events, virtual exhibit hall, registration, and more.
MAKE THE MOST OF ATTENDING VIRTUAL IMMUNOLOGY2021™
Attendees may think that they will not learn as much from an online conference as they would in person. Virtual IMMUNOLOGY2021™ may look a little different, but there are many ways to prepare for getting the most out of your virtual experience!
Organize your session schedule.
Just as with an on-site meeting, it’s critical with a virtual meeting to plan ahead and choose which sessions you want to watch live and which you can opt to watch later. Maximize your time and learning by reviewing and selecting sessions and events in advance.
Prioritize your time.
Make the best use of your time by focusing your attention. Don’t try to multitask during a session. Set reminders for sessions so you don’t miss something important.
Set up in a quiet space and take steps to prevent interruptions, whether you are at home or the office: silence your phone, block off your calendar, and put a “Do not Disturb” message on so you can fully focus.
Familiarize yourself with the tools.
Don’t miss something because of faulty technology. Be sure to test your audio and ensure a strong WiFi signal before the meeting starts. For the best experience, use a desktop or laptop computer instead of your smartphone.
Make sure you are receiving the latest Virtual IMMUNOLOGY2021™ information.
Be an active participant.
Plan to participate beyond listening. Take notes. Ask questions during the live sessions. Connect on social media by using meeting hashtags, live chats, and other tools.
Build your virtual community.
You may be used to networking at an in-person meeting, but how do you network virtually? Search for #AAI2021 on Twitter and LinkedIn to connect with others who are attending the meeting or to engage with their posts. Use tools available through the virtual platform to participate. Attend the virtual social events offered.
Involve your peers.
Do you know others who are attending Virtual IMMUNOLOGY2021™? Plan to meet with them virtually to discuss the sessions you’ve attended. This can help with comprehension and allow you to compare key takeaways.
Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
Learn more about a research tool or technique by visiting the virtual exhibits. Just like with on-site AAI annual meetings, the Virtual Exhibit Hall
is an excellent chance to learn about the latest technologies and products.
Don’t forget to take breaks.
Just as you need breaks at in-person events, you need to take time during virtual meetings to get up, walk around, stretch, and take a coffee break.
Practice good virtual meeting etiquette.
If attendee participation is available, always turn your sound off unless invited to speak. This practice is considerate to both the presenter and your fellow attendees.
Take advantage of on-demand options.
Registrants will have the opportunity to view sessions after the meeting. Take notes. Debrief with fellow attendees and peers. Reach out to speakers you are watching. Keep the conversation going by sharing key takeaways on your social media platforms.
Don’t forget to
The AAI annual meetings are a yearly celebration of immunology. While your main reason for attending is to learn and connect, we hope you will also truly enjoy all that is offered!