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Annual Beckman Symposium

Thank you for participating! We hope you enjoyed the virtual 2020 Beckman Symposium. Most content from the event will remain available on-demand through August 2021. The 2021 Beckman Symposium will take place August 5-7, 2021; check this page periodically for updates.

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, and Beckman Scholars, 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:

Our finalized event agenda is now contained in the 2020 Beckman Symposium Program. To view the document, click here.

This program pdf was emailed to all attendees who registered by July 31 on the LabRoots site. In addition to being posted here, a copy will also be made available in the virtual Lobby throughout all three days of Symposium.

NOTE: All Session and Zoom times listed in the program are Pacific Time.

Q: When does the 2020 Beckman Symposium officially start? When can I enter the virtual event?

A: The virtual event site will become accessible ("open") at 6am Pacific Time on August 6. The first live session kicks off at 8:30am that day.

Q: Where do I go to access the virtual event once the Symposium starts?

A: Access the event through our microsite using the same link provided for registration. Questions? Email [email protected].

Q: Can I see an agenda or event program?

A: Yes! The agenda is contained within the 2020 Beckman Symposium Program, available in the accordion tab above this one.

Q: Do I have to use Google Chrome to access the event?

A: Although you can access the event using other browsers, some features may not work or you may not be able to view the virtual space in its entirety. For the best Symposium experience, use Google Chrome.

Q: Something came up and I'm unable to attend the virtual Symposium; can I register late/afterward and/or access the content later?

A: Yes! Use your registration link for up to 12 months after the Symposium. The content will be available on-demand.

Q: If I have trouble navigating the virtual space, can I get help?

A: Yes! In the virtual Lobby there is a Help Desk that is staffed by LabRoots, our virtual conference provider. Click to chat in real time with a member of the LabRoots team.

Q: I'm doing a live presentation; will there be someone in the presenter studio to help with my slides or questions?

A: Yes! A member of the LabRoots team will be with you in the live presenter studio the entire time. Use the Presenter Chat feature to communicate with the studio operator. Also, a moderator will introduce your presentation and assist with the Q+A portion.

Q: I've already turned in my poster; is there anything else I need to do to present it "virtually"?

A: You're all set! Poster presenters were invited to submit a landscape pdf of their poster with an optional mp4 audio summary. All of your submitted items will be viewable in the virtual poster hall. Attendees will explore the available posters and can then choose to participate in public chat, 1:1 chat, or email you with any questions (see next question below). You are not required to be in the virtual poster hall for your poster to be viewable.

Q: If I'm viewing a poster and want to reach out to the author, how can I do that?

A: You have several options: 1) Use the Public Chat feature to open up a discussion about the poster with anyone who is interested in participating, 2) Create a 1:1 chat with the poster author if they are in the space at the same time you are (use the icon toward the bottom of your browser window), or 3) Send an email to the poster author if they are not currently in the space at the same time you are.

Q: How can I search for a specific person's poster or presentation?

A: Within the virtual event there is a search bar located toward the top of your browser window. Enter the person's name and all content related to that person - including posters - will display as search results.

Q: Can I preview a list of posters before entering the poster hall?

A: Yes! The Event Program pdf is available in the virtual Lobby and includes all of the poster abstracts. When you enter the poster hall, you'll then be able to View All Posters or View Posters by Category. Select an option and the posters will be listed in alphabetical order by title.

Q: How does the Booth Rep Chat work?

A: If you enter a booth from the Exhibit Hall and would like to ask questions, you can click Booth Rep Chat. It will automatically "swipe" a virtual attendee badge connected to your user profile. This sends an email message to the booth rep with your name and email saying you'd like to connect. They will then reach out to you either by email or, if you happen to be in the virtual space when they are, by initiating a 1:1 chat with you.

Q: What can I expect as a participant in this virtual event?

A: Expect a combination of live presentation sessions and pre-recorded, on-demand content with a Poster Hall and some optional participation Zoom activities. We also have a Networking Lounge, some games and surveys to help you explore the space (and earn points for prizes), and an Exhibit Hall with five content-filled booths.

Q: When does the 2020 Beckman Symposium end?

A: Our final live session takes place at 11am Pacific Time on Saturday, August 8. However, the on-demand content will remain available for 12 months.

Q: I attended the Beckman Symposium and received a post-event survey for feedback; how long do I have to complete this?

A: The survey will be active for 2 weeks. Please provide your feedback as early as possible; the survey has been designed so that it can be completed in less than one minute. Thanks for your feedback!