Application to Register

GENERAL INFORMATION:

PRESENTERS, POSTERS, AND PARTICIPANTS

Team Presentations:

 

Ten team presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.  Each presentation can focus on a project in any point of completion, as long as it addresses a question regarding biological materials that is driven by a specific object or collection. Every presentation must have at least two speakers: one to present the questions which drove the project (coming from conservation or cultural history/curatorial) and the other to present the challenges of scientific analysis of the biological material. In order for the meeting to focus on discussion, full presentations will be pre-recorded and made available to all participants one month prior to the live ABM 2021 meeting. Team presenters will be provided specific guidelines for recording their presentations and must provide their pre-recorded talks by August 6th. During the virtual meeting, a live ten minute “recap” presentation will be made by the two speakers, then the bulk of the session time will be reserved for active discussion between presenters and participants, moderated by members of the Steering Committee.

 

Posters:

 

Posters will be selected from submitted abstracts and should be presented by one speaker. Poster presentations are required to submit a three-minute pre-recorded “elevator pitch” video, which will be made available to all participants one month before the ABM 2021 meeting. Pre-recorded videos for poster presentations are due August 6th.

All Presenters:

Over the course of the live virtual meeting, all speakers (Team Presentations and Posters) will be required to facilitate a preselected “breakout” session. These breakout sessions will be interspersed over the three-day conference in order to allow for conversations in small groups (up to ten participants) and give the poster presenters a chance to further discuss and address questions about their work.

Should team presentation or poster speakers accept our invitation, they are tacitly agreeing to help create materials that can be shared in some capacity on a website developed for this meeting and to actively listen and engage in discussions throughout the meeting.

 

Participants as Content Creators:

While the Steering Committee will choose speakers based upon their expert knowledge, participants are selected as informed and curious professionals in various stages of their careers. Since the goal of this meeting is to create a larger dialogue about the future of biological material studies in cultural heritage collections, participants must be prepared to read and watch background materials that will be provided before the live meeting and are required to actively participate in the entire three half-days of the meeting. Furthermore, participants who agree to attend must be willing to help create materials during the meeting that can be shared in some capacity on/and be used to facilitate the newly developed ABM forum website.

Abstract submissions for Team Presentations or Posters will be judged by the Steering Committee on these criteria:

Presentations:

  • Are required to have at least two speakers, one of whom will speak about the scientific analysis of biological materials.

  • Are encouraged to focus on either work in progress or finalized work. The goal is to present not only the end results but to present the path taken in addition to the destination, and to discuss your choices.

  • Must be framed to highlight a question raised by an object or collection, not just to present a novel scientific application.

  • Can have more than two speakers pursuant to consideration by the Steering Committee.

  • Must submit a 45 minute pre-conference video by August 6th and prepare a 10 minute summary (or update) for the day of the meeting.

Posters:

 

  • Are limited to one speaker.

  • Are encouraged to focus on either work in progress or finalized work. The goal is to present not only the end results but to present the path taken in addition to the destination, and to discuss your choices.

  • Must be framed to highlight a question raised by an object or collection, not just to present a novel scientific application.

  • Must submit a pre-recorded 3-minute “elevator pitch” video by August 6th and host a breakout room during the live meeting.

 

Applications to participate will be judged by the Steering Committee based on these criteria: 

                       

  • Your personal statement about how you would benefit by attending ABM 2021 and your current interest and activities on this topic, as also reflected in your CV (publications included)

  • The nature of your involvement with the project and area of specialization.