Abstract Presentation Formats

There are four abstract-based presentation formats for the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting—Minisymposium Talk*, NEW! Minisymposium Lightning Talk*, ePoster Talk*, or Poster. Please see below for descriptions of each.
*The Minisymposium talk, Minisymposium Lightning talk, and ePoster talk formats are only available for the first abstract deadline on August 5. 

For purposes of citation, all abstracts assigned to any of these types of sessions appear as a supplement to the Journal Molecular Biology of the Cell.  For more information on Publication & Citation of Abstracts, please click here.

Minisymposium Talks and NEW! Minisymposium Lightning Talks 

Click here to view the Minisymposia Topics and Co-Chairs. This page also contains the number of sessions designated to each “umbrella” topic.

The deadline to submit for consideration as a Minisymposium talk or Minisymposium Lightning Talk is August 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm EDT. Individual Minisymposia topic sessions will not be determined until August after all abstracts are submitted for Minisymposia talk consideration at this first abstract deadline. The ASCB hopes this allows for more people to submit abstracts for the possibility of presenting a talk.

There are a total of 14 “umbrella” topics for the minisymposia. Every “umbrella” topic has been designated with a specific number of Minisymposia sessions, containing seven (7) to 11 speakers each. The standard Minisymposia talks are 15 minutes with a five minute Q&A period (for a total of 20 minutes per speaker). The NEW! Minisymposium Lightning talks are five (5) minutes with a 1-2 minute Q&A peiod (for a total of 6-7 minutes per speaker) and will occur at the end of the session.

There will be a total of 25 individual Minisymposia sessions derived from the 14 “umbrella” topics. Six to seven minisymposia sessions run concurrently on Sunday to Tuesday afternoon (between 4:00 pm and 6:25 pm), and Wednesday morning (between 8:30 am and 10:55 am).

For each session, co-chairs will have the option to select Minisymposium talks, as follows:

  • Five (5) standard Minisymposium talks (15 minute talk plus 5 minute Q&A), followed by six (6) Minisymposium Lightning talks (5 minute talk plus 1 to 2 minute Q&A) for a total of 11 talks.
  • Six (6) standard Minisymposium talks (15 minute talk plus 5 minute Q&A), followed by three (3) Minisymposium Lightning talks (5 minute talk plus 1 to 2 minute Q&A) for a total of nine (9) speakers.
  • Seven (7) standard Minisymposium talks (15 minute talk plus 5 minute Q&A), and no Lightning talks presented in that session.

Many of these decisions will be derived in August during the review by the co-chairs based on the number and quality of abstracts submitted to each topic.

You must submit for a Minisymposium talk to have the option to present a Minisymposium Lightning talk. If you are interested in being considered for a Minisymposium Lightning talk in the event your abstract is not selected for a standard Minisymposium talk, please be sure to check the box under the drop down menu for “Presentation Preference” during the abstract submission process during Step 3: Submission Details.

ePoster Talks

The ePoster Talk topics are the same as the Minisymposium topics. Please click here to view the list of topics and session moderators.

The deadline to submit for consideration as an ePoster talk is August 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm EDT. In order to be considered for this format, you have to select “Minisymposium talk,” “Minisymposium talk or poster,” or “Minisymposium talk and poster” during the submission process. Please be sure to indicate your interest in being considered for an ePoster Talk in the “Submission Details” step of abstract submission by checking the appropriate box. Your abstract will be reviewed for this ePoster Talk format only if you are not selected to present a talk in a Minisymposium. 

ePoster Talks offer an exciting, opportunity for a short presentation at the ASCB meeting. ASCB meeting attendees, whose presentations have multimedia content (i.e., videos, animated charts/graphs, etc.), and who ask to be considered, but are not selected for a Minisymposium talk, can be considered for an ePoster Talk.

This year, there will be a total of 18 ePoster sessions with seven speakers each. Each ePoster talk presenter will have five minutes to present his or her ePoster. After all seven ePoster talks have been presented, there will be dedicated time for Q&A while the individual ePosters are displayed on screens around the perimeter of the room with the presenter there to answer questions.

ePoster sessions will be on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday afternoon between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. There will be two ePoster session rooms in the ASCB Learning Center (formerly known as the Exhibit Hall), and each room will have three ePoster sessions each day (for a total of six per day).

Because these posters are electronically displayed on a computer screen, it allows for content beyond static images. Embedding multimedia content into your posters for the purpose of an ePoster Talk is required.

There is no guarantee if you are selected for an ePoster Talk and you also want to present your poster, that it will not conflict with your poster presentation, but the ASCB will do its best to minimize conflicts. If they do conflict, you will be expected to be present at the ePoster talk and not at your poster board.

You must submit for a Minisymposium talk to have the option to present an ePoster talk. If you are interested in being considered for an ePoster talk in the event your abstract is not selected for a standard Minisymposium talk or Minisymposium Lightning talk, please be sure to check the box under the drop down menu for “Presentation Preference” during the abstract submission process during Step 3: Submission Details.

Posters Presentations

Please click here to view a list of poster topics for the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting.

There are three available deadlines for those who wish to submit an abstract for Poster presentation: August 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm EDT; September 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm EDT; and October 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm EDT (this final deadline has a higher fee). Abstracts submitters who select “Minisymposium talk or poster,” “Minisymposium talk and poster,” or “Poster Only” during the abstract submission process will be considered for poster presentation. The first two options are only available for the first deadline, August 5, 2014, 9:00 pm EDT.

If you select “Minisymposium talk or poster,” you will only be considered for poster presentation if you are not selected for a Minisymposium or ePoster Talk. If you select “Minisymposium talk and poster,” you will be considered for a poster presentation in addition to an oral presentation and will be expected to present a poster, even if you are selected to also give a Minisymposium or ePoster talk.

Posters are displayed throughout the meeting, beginning Saturday evening through Tuesday afternoon. Posters are on display from the evening before the poster session until the afternoon after the session. Poster presentations occur between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm Sunday through Tuesday in the ASCB Learning Center (formerly known as the Exhibit Hall). Each poster presenter is assigned a 90-minute time slot (based on their board number) to present their poster on their designated day.

As mentioned above, abstract submitters will be accepted to give a poster presentation as long as their abstracts present data and show that research has occurred, and they are not commercial in nature. Please click here, for more details on “Reasons for Rejection.”

Abstracts scheduled for presentation in poster sessions will be grouped by topic, assigned a program and board number, and will appear in the Meeting Program. In addition, the Meeting Program abstract listings will specify the time that presenters are expected to be at their assigned poster in the ASCB Learning Center to discuss their work. Poster sessions are each one and a half hours long and there are two poster sessions per day, one from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm and one from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Poster presenters are supplied their detailed information in early November.

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