WORLDSymposium Platform Speaker FAQs

  • When will abstracts for WORLDSymposium 2022 be published or be made available to the public?

    WORLDSymposium does not publish the full-text of the abstracts online; the full-text is available only from Elsevier for accepted abstracts submitted to WORLDSymposium prior to October 1, 2021, to be published in the February 2022 special “Lysosomes Issue” of Molecular Genetics and Metabolism (MGM). WORLDSymposium has no control over the Elsevier publication release dates.  Registered attendees will receive an electronic copy of the program and full-text abstracts ​beginning on Sunday, January 30, 2022. The program and abstracts become copyrighted and are only available to non-registrants through Elsevier.

    It is the policy of WORLDSymposium to publish all abstracts with the list of authors exactly as the abstract was submitted to WORLDSymposium. The first author of the submitted abstract will be listed as the Platform Speaker (presenting author) on the Preliminary Program, Agenda, and Poster List.

  • Are any presentation files (PPT) posted online?
    Speaker presentation files (PPT) are not posted before, during or after the conference. Media or any others may contact the speaker directly to request a copy of a specific presentation file after WORLDSymposium 2022.
  • Who will receive the platform (oral) notification and/or poster notification?

    As stated in the abstract submission guidelines, all communications regarding platform and poster selection for WORLDSymposium 2022 will only be directed to the first author of the abstract.

    ACCME guidelines require us to communicate directly with the first author for all decisions related to the agenda and platform speaker selection. We are unable to communicate any decisions regarding platform speaker selection or verification with anyone other than the first author. WORLDSymposium communications to the first author will clearly state “Only the first author of the abstract will receive this notification.” The first author may then share the notification as they deem appropriate.

  • Is it required to submit my platform presentation ahead of time?

    All presentation slides for WORLDSymposium 2022 must be submitted for review before the deadline of Monday, January 10, 2022 or sooner. Once presentations slides are approved by the WORLDSymposium Planning Team, notice of approval will be sent to presenting author. No changes to slides will be allowed once presentation slides have been approved and a recording is scheduled.

    We are unable to approve CME/CE credit for any presentations which are not reviewed and approved prior to the scientific meeting. Any presenters who are unable to submit their presentations prior to the scientific meeting will be disqualified, and an alternate abstract presentation will be selected. Presentations from WORLDSymposium are not published in any format. There are ~65 presentations to review for ACCME compliance, which is why the slides are required in advance of the program. The review is a time-consuming process that needs to be well-documented in order to meet ACCME requirements.

    Please be aware as you prepare the slides and recording that no corporate names, logos or brand names may be utilized anywhere in the slide content or format. The number of slides will be limited to 12-15 slides. WORLDSymposium 2022 requires PowerPoint slides be sized to the 16:9 aspect ratio. Click here to download more information about the 16:9 aspect ratio and how to format your PowerPoint file correctly. We hope this information is useful for you as you plan your presentation.

  • A Press Agency, Media Company, or Other Agency has requested a copy of my presentation. What should I do?

    We are aware that outside agencies have contacted some WORLDSymposium platform presenters to request copies of their presentations.

    Please be aware that WORLDSymposium has NOT provided your email or contact information, and any contact from these agencies is UNAUTHORIZED. We understand some of these agents are using publicly posted contact information to reach out to platform speakers.

    Do not provide your presentation to anyone other than the WORLDSymposium program team as required for the CME reviews. WORLDSymposium embargo policies are very clear. Any representative of the media who requests an advance copy of any WORLDSymposium presentation is in violation of the embargo policies, and press credentials for that agency will be revoked.

    If you are contacted by anyone outside of WORLDSymposium to request a copy of your presentation prior to the conference, please do not respond to them, and notify Amber Brown at immediately.

  • Do I need to include a disclosure slide?
    No, please do not include a disclosure slide this year.  A disclosure for the presenting author will be shown on the big presentation screen as the speaker is walking up to the podium. The disclosure will be taken from the abstract submission system, from when you submitted your abstract. All disclosures have been approved by the accreditation provider.
  • As a platform speaker, do I have to present a poster?

    Platform speakers have the option of presenting a poster to allow the audience the opportunity to ask more in-depth questions about their platform presentation. You or one of your co-authors may present the poster at your assigned poster session. You will be assigned to a poster presentation session. A poster board will not automatically be reserved for you. You must notify if you wish to have a poster space reserved for your platform poster. All requests for poster space for platform speakers must be submitted NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 20, 2021. All poster board assignments will be finalized at that time.

    Platform speakers also have the option of presenting a virtual poster (“ePoster”) to allow registered attendees the opportunity to ask more in-depth questions about their platform presentation. All ePosters will be available onsite and on the Virtual Platform starting at 2:30 PM Pacific Standard Time on Monday, February 7, 2022 and will remain available during the remainder of the conference and through March 15, 2022.

    The first author or co-authors should be available during their assigned live chat session.  This will allow each poster presenter to engage in a live exchange with virtual participants (via a chat room) to further discuss research and concepts, share knowledge, and exchange ideas with other abstract authors and WORLDSymposium participants.

    The first author will be provided information regarding their assigned days and times for the live chat session and more details about uploading their poster, in December 2021.  Poster presenters are strongly encouraged to take part in the live sessions.

  • What is the deadline to request a poster board for my platform presentation?
    There will be a live onsite poster session during WORLDSymposium 2022, and all posters must be submitted electronically for a virtual poster presentation.  Information about the ePoster submission process will be provided in December 2021.
  • Are Late-breaking abstracts required to be presented in person (LIVE)?

    All platform presenters must be able to present LIVE (in-person). Poster presenters will have the option of presenting LIVE or VIRTUAL.

    WORLDSymposium 2022 is currently planning for a LIVE, in-person meeting in San Diego, California. The safety and well-being of speakers and participants is critical, and WORLDSymposium will follow all current CDC guidelines and recommendations related to the coronavirus pandemic. For WORLDSymposium 2022, you must choose a presentation option in preparation for the live and virtual components of the congress. Below are the options for abstracts submitted for WORLDSymposium 2022. Preference will be given to abstracts which can be presented in person.

    A virtual presentation will be a live streamed presentation via telecommunications or a pre-recorded video presentation (final determination regarding virtual presentation formats will be provided prior to the meeting). A Live (in-person) presentation means you will attend WORLDSymposium 2022 in San Diego, California.

    When an abstract author submits a late-breaking abstract, they will be given the following choices on how they want to present:

    • Live (in-person) oral presentation (with optional Poster/ePoster) ONLY
    • Virtual oral presentation (with optional ePoster) ONLY
    • Live (in-person) OR Virtual Oral presentation (with optional Poster/ePoster). (First choice is Live, however, I am available for Virtual, if needed.)
    • Live Poster/ePoster ONLY
    • Virtual ePoster ONLY
  • I am unable to present. Can my colleague present for me?
    Your request needs to be reviewed by the planning committee. Please submit your request to Amber via the contact form.
  • Do I have to pay for my own registration?

    Platform speakers are responsible for all of their own expenses, including registration. Register by January 7, 2022 to take advantage of early registration discounts.

  • What is the deadline to submit my platform (oral) presentation?

    All presentation slides for WORLDSymposium 2022 must be submitted for review before the deadline of Monday, January 10, 2022 or sooner. Once presentations slides are approved by the WORLDSymposium Planning Team, notice of approval will be sent to presenting author.  No changes to slides will be allowed once presentation slides have been approved.

  • Are we allowed to include our corporate logo in our presentation?
    NO corporate logos, names, or branding of any kind are allowed in any presentation. If your presentation template includes your company’s name or logo, any trademarked drug names or logos, or any branding specific to your corporation (i.e. colors or any identifying images) you must use a different presentation template.
  • Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my presentation?
    Please submit your request to Amber via the contact form.
  • Can I get an international letter of invitation?
    Yes. Your meeting registration confirmation will include a link to generate a customized letter of invitation, which can be used when applying for a visa.
  • What is your data protection policy?

    Due to ACCME requirements, and the data protection of all presenters, all communications related to platform and/or ePoster presentations are kept strictly between the platform and/or ePoster presenter and the WORLDSymposium CME Programs team.

    Any presentations submitted to WORLDSymposium for CME review are kept strictly confidential, and are not shared beyond the required CME review team. The presentations will not be available to WORLDSymposium attendees until the platform session is first presented, and then will be available “on-demand” on the virtual website until March 15, 2022, after which time the virtual platform will be shut down.

    All submitted ePosters will be available starting on Monday, February 7, 2022, when the ePosters open, currently scheduled for 3:00 PM PST. ePosters will also available on the virtual platform until March 15, 2022.

    Submitted abstracts will be available to all registered attendees starting on Sunday, January 30, 2022. Submitted abstracts are available to the general public when Elsevier publishes the February issue of Molecular Genetics and Metabolism (MGM). WORLDSymposium staff have no control over the publication date, however, anyone may sign up with Elsevier for publication updates.

    Presentations are not available to anyone other than the WORLDSymposium development team until the time the presentation is first presented live during the conference, and then the presentations are available “on-demand” to the registered attendees until March 15, 2022.

    First authors are required to acknowledge that they are authorizing WORLDSymposium to provide their ePoster and/or presentation to the WORLDSymposium audience. If they choose not to authorize WORLDSymposium to provide their presentation, their presentation will be removed from the agenda and all databases.