As a virtual event this year, Cord Blood Connect in many ways will be familiar, but in others quite different.
The 2020 international congress has been reconfigured to make the best use of the virtual environment. A number of innovations will enhance the online experience, enabling the cord blood community to share information, advance cord blood and perinatal tissue banking and therapies, and stay connected.
Among the familiar components will be the scientific sessions, presenting leading-edge clinical and laboratory investigations, and the technology and education sessions that share contemporary methods and advances in cord blood and perinatal tissue banking.
Here’s what will be new:
Footprint. Instead of consecutive days, the virtual conference will be presented in two parts, with an intervening week. The conference will convene all day Thursday, Sept. 10, and then adjourn and resume the next Thursday, Sept. 17.
- Rationale. Consecutive days at a computer screen participating in online sessions can be difficult, tiring and intrusive on work schedules in the office, clinic, laboratory or cord blood bank.
Brevity. The sessions and presentations will be condensed. What might be 20-30 minutes at an in-person meeting will be collapsed to 12-15 minutes.
- Rationale. Sitting through long online sessions and presentations can be tedious.
Posters. Authors of accepted abstracts have been invited to submit “e-Posters,” narrated PowerPoint presentations of not more than five minutes. The e-posters will be accessible on demand. Questions and comments can be submitted to the authors via an e-mail link.
- Rationale. The traditional poster hall with rows of 4’ x 8’ posters pinned to cork boards can’t be well adapted to the computer screen. Even when zooming in to enlarge, the fuzzy typography can be hard to read.
Exhibits. The “virtual exhibits” can present video, PowerPoint presentations, on-demand printouts and almost anything digital. The exhibits will be located outside of the registration “pay wall” so visitors will not necessarily have to be congress registrants.
- Rationale. With the exhibits outside of the registration “pay wall,” companies can refer customers and clients to their exhibit from links in their website and in social media and e-mail promotions throughout the year.
Access for 12 Months. Everything that is included in the webcasts in September will be available on demand through next August. Registered attendees will have unlimited access for 12 months.
- Rationale. Because there will be so much to consume during the live-stream webcasts, the year-long availability will enable congress registrants to attend at their convenience.
The $120 USD registration fee includes the two days of live-stream webcasts and unlimited access to all congress components for 12 months.
The registration fee is waived for CBA members who register by Aug. 31. If you aren’t a CBA member, or your membership has lapsed, you can join or renew when registering and the congress fee will be waived. CBA individual member annual dues are $99 USD.