Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What will a virtual annual meeting look like?

We are currently developing a robust virtual meeting that will offer live sessions, pre-recorded “on-demand” sessions, poster session(s), an exhibits program, sponsorship program, social/networking opportunities and more.

What are the dates for the virtual meeting?

We are planning the same dates, November 8-11, as the in-person meeting. Please be sure to check the annual meeting web site for updates.

What do I need to attend the virtual meeting?

To attend the virtual meeting, you will need a good internet connection, your mobile device or computer and a valid registration. You will receive instructions prior to the virtual meeting.

Networking with other people is a big reason I attend. How will you offer this benefit online?

We understand the value that attendees get from engaging and interacting with other attendees. We will continue to share details regarding how we plan to build those opportunities into the virtual experience.

Will sessions be interactive? Will I be able to ask questions of the authors or speakers?

It is our intent to provide as interactive a platform as possible. These interactions will only be available for registered attendees of the virtual Annual Meeting.

Will sessions be synchronous or asynchronous?

TBD

Will I still be able to earn PDUs for sessions I attend?

Yes, you can collect PDUs for participation. The fillable PDU form can be found here.

I am unavailable during the scheduled broadcast time. Will I be able to watch the presentations at a later date/time?

Yes, there will be on-demand access to presentations.

Registration

When can I register for the virtual meeting and how much will it cost?

Registration information including updated pricing is on the Register page.

Why is the registration rate so high?

While it may appear that a virtual meeting and video costs are lower, they are significantly higher than you would expect due to the virtual meeting platform to “house” all the events that happen during the Annual Meeting such as small committee meetings, networking rooms, the exhibit hall, posters, multiple sessions, and even pre-conferences events. Additionally, we have increased expenses such as data storage costs for after meeting (on demand content) and hired a virtual meeting expert to ensure we provide the best experience and to increase our knowledge in the new virtual meetings format.

What is the cancellation policy for the virtual meeting?

No refunds will be issued for the virtual meeting.

Abstracts/Speakers

Has the abstract submission processes changed since the meeting is now virtual? 

An abstract is still required and the only difference in the submission process is you will need to upload your prerecorded presentation. Detailed information coming soon.

Do I need to register if I am presenting?

All presenters must register by August 31.

What is the submission deadline?

The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2020.

Will I have to present live or submit a prerecorded presentation?

The majority of the presentations will be prerecorded.

What platform will the sessions be presented on?

More information coming soon.

Will there be Q&A sessions with speakers?

Yes, and we will provide more information in the coming weeks.

Will there be a Virtual Poster Session? 

Yes. You can find more information about the Poster Sessions and submitting a poster here.

Exhibitors/Sponsorship 

Will there be an exhibit hall? 

Yes, we plan to offer an interactive exhibit hall as well as sponsor/tech demos. There will be exclusive exhibit hall times to interact with sponsors and exhibitors.

I am an exhibitor/sponsor for the annual meeting. How does this affect me?

Thank you for your support. The virtual meeting will have several new and exciting opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors. We will send updated information.

How can I become an exhibitor or sponsor the INFORMS annual meeting?

The virtual meeting will have several new and exciting opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors. Contact Olivia Schmitz for more information.