Although there is growing optimism about the impact of vaccination on containing the spread of COVID-19, at this stage, we are not yet certain of when we will be able to organize large in-person events as we did in the past. On the other hand, the pandemic opened up the opportunity to host hybrid or 100% digital events, allowing event organizers to reach out to wider audiences across different geographies and time zones and develop highly engaging, virtual-based fora mimicking otherwise in-person events. This means that we will be organizing some sessions in a hybrid format – combining in-person attendance with remote participation – and others virtual-only. The event is split up into two half-days so that you don’t have to sit in front of your laptop the whole day if you are participating remotely.

Additionally, this year, the Program is set to try new formulas in tandem with others proven successful in past editions of our Annual Conference. Therefore, besides our very much anticipated thematic masterclasses, coordinated by the Program’s Area Directors, we will host a fireside chat with Lauren Meyers, Founding Director of UT COVID-19 Modelling Consortium plus two roundtables bringing together academics, researchers, and industry professionals from Portugal, UT Austin and France to discuss interdisciplinary work in their fields and sectors. And to get you in the Conference’s state of mind, two online warm-up sessions on R&D Commercialization and Communication on October 18 and 19, respectively.

Some sessions will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel; others will be exclusively available on Zoom. In either case, make sure you register for this unique event of our transatlantic community to benefit from privileged access to its latest updates.

Throughout the Conference, participants will have the chance to ask the speakers questions.

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