The scientific program comprises various styles of presentations and sessions, each offering a unique opportunity to amass new and important scientific information. Descriptions of the presentation and session types appear below.
Scientific Overviews provide a broad picture of a specific field, presenting the invited speaker’s work, as well as that of other investigators, when appropriate, in the vanguard of their scientific field. Scientific Overviews are allotted 20 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers and are scheduled at the beginning of conference days.
Select abstract submissions will be presented during Oral Abstract Sessions generally lasting for 2 hours. Speakers will present their peer-reviewed research in a specific topic area, and presentations will be moderated by experts in the field. Oral Abstract Sessions allow 10 minutes for individual presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers. Oral Abstract Sessions run parallel to one another and are organized by topic to avoid conflicting sessions (4 sessions are scheduled for midmorning on each day); additional Oral Abstract Sessions may be scheduled to run parallel to symposia when necessary. A Scientific Overview may be included in an Oral Abstract Session, as appropriate, or a moderator may provide a brief translational summary at the close of a session. A co-moderator will also be on hand to facilitate audience questions.
Poster Abstract Sessions
The majority of scientific information at YOCOCU 2020 will be presented in the form of Poster Abstract Sessions and during LIving LAb session. The poster hall will remain open throughout the conference from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, to allow attendees and presenters the opportunity to interact. Presenters of Poster Abstracts will be assigned to stand at their respective boards, organized by topic, on one of the three conference days, but all Poster Abstracts will be available for viewing the 4 full days of yOCOCU 2020.
Select Poster Abstracts will be merged into Themed Discussions, each lasting 30 minutes. Topics will be chosen by the Program Committee, who will choose 4 to 5 Poster Abstracts to represent each topic. 4 or 5 Themed Discussions will run concurrently in the early afternoon, each conference day. A discussant will provide a 5-minute introduction outlining the state of the topic field, and then each presenter will give a brief overview of his or her Poster Abstract in 5 minutes using 5 slides (recommended) to summarize the noteworthy results, conclusions, and discussion points. Discussants will interact with audience members and presenters to create a discussion that synthesizes the relevant information, covers key points of agreement and controversy, and draws comparisons to related work in the scientific field. At the conclusion of a Themed Discussion, a discussant will provide a 5-minute summation highlighting the key information of the Poster Abstracts discussed and posing important questions for future research. It has worked well in the past to match more senior investigators with newer (or more junior) investigators in the same field.