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Annual Beckman Symposium

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2020 Beckman Symposium UPDATE: The health and safety of our program awardees and other Symposium guests is extremely important to us. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year's Symposium will be a virtual event held August 6-8, 2020.

The Beckman Symposium is a three-day event where Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation program awardees present their newest research findings as poster or oral presentations. Attendees are given opportunities to network, learn about a broad range of research topics from their peers, and discuss career tips with invited experts from academia, industry, and medicine.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s event is being presented in a virtual space. The agenda for our first-ever virtual Symposium has been carefully composed to feature a combination of live webinars and pre-recorded content that showcases our Beckman Young Investigators, Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows, Beckman Scholars and Cryo-EM Instrumentation Grantees, along with a research poster hall, program booths, Q+A chats and networking lounge. (And don’t forget to explore every aspect of the event to accumulate points for a chance to win prizes.)

The newest additions to our Beckman Symposium guest list represent local high school science students from the CubeSat program and the inaugural year awardees and mentors of our Orange County Beckman Legacy Program. To all attendees: Our virtual event space was developed to promote sharing of scientific knowledge and to foster collaboration. As a friendly reminder: The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for Symposium guests. All participants are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct when spending time online with other Foundation awardees, colleagues in your field, distinguished scientists from across the United States, and other guests of the Foundation. The guidelines are intended to ensure that all participants have a pleasant and productive virtual event, free from disruptions.

We hope you enjoy the 2020 Beckman Symposium!

  • See the slideshow recap video from last year's Symposium here.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants, guests, and Foundation staff at our offices and sponsored events, both in-person and virtual. All participants, including but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, Foundation staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct. As a participant at the Foundation’s event, you will be spending time online with other Foundation awardees, colleagues in your field, distinguished scientists from across the United States, and other guests of the Foundation. The guidelines are intended to ensure that all participants have a pleasant and productive virtual event, free from disruptions.

  • View the Code of Conduct here.

Awardees are asked to participate in the poster presentations at the 2020 Beckman Symposium, taking place in a virtual poster hall.

An email with instructions was sent out on June 15. If you would like the email to be re-sent to you, send your request to [email protected].

This year, poster presenters have the option of submitting a pdf poster only OR a pdf poster with MP4 video summary. You must indicate your choice using the Poster Options Form. Posters should include your name, research title, institution and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation logo.

Action Items by July 10:

  1. The Poster Options Form must be completed and returned to [email protected], along with a poster abstract (175 words max).
  2. Your poster materials must be uploaded using the Dropbox link provided in the Poster Options Form.

We look forward to your poster presentation at the 2020 Beckman Symposium!

Attention Beckman Scholars attending Symposium for the FIRST time: You will not be presenting a poster at this Symposium. When you return to Symposium for the second time, you will prepare and present your poster.

The Foundation previously shared instructions with all speakers who were invited to submit pre-recorded presentations or deliver live presentations during Symposium. If you would like the original email re-sent to you, send your request to [email protected] or access these helpful instruction documents: