The 25th International
Annual Congress of the
World Muscle Society

Frequently Asked Questions

I have already registered for the Congress in Halifax. Am I automatically registered for the virtual congress?

No. In some cases, with the delegate’s consent, basic registration details will have been transferred to the Virtual Congress and those attendees will receive a personalised log-in token via email to finalise their registration.

If you don’t receive the above-mentioned email please register for the Virtual Congress via this website: https://www.wms2020.com/registration/

Alternatively, if in doubt, please contact the registration team to confirm your registration status: registration@worldmusclesociety.org

Will the virtual 2020 congress take place at the same time as the original Halifax meeting?

The 2020 Virtual Congress, will be streamed live between 28 September and 2 October 2020. Session times will be published on the Programme page: www.wms2020.com/programme/

Please note, all times stated in the programme are in British Summer Time (BST).

All content will also be available "On Demand" after the published times.

How do I register for the 2020 Virtual Congress?

You can register online at www.wms2020.com/registration/. Please note that registration is now full and a waiting list is in place.

What are the 2020 Virtual Congress fees?

The 2020 Virtual Congress is free of charge for all attendees. Please see the Eligibility information on www.wms2020.com/registration/

Can I access the 2020 Virtual Congress without registering?

No, we ask all those interested in attending the live streams and on-demand content to register online ahead of the meeting. Only registered participants will receive the necessary log in details for the virtual congress platform.

When are registrations closing?

We strongly encourage all those interested in attending the virtual meeting to register in plenty of time ahead of the event (up to 24 hours before) to ensure that virtual platform access details are sent and received in sufficient time and that you have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the platform and facilities available. There is a limit imposed by the virtual platform provider for the number of concurrent users online during the congress. Priority will be given to those who have registered prior to the start date and registration may be closed nearer the time if we reach that limit.

Registrations will remain open during the virtual meeting. However, if registering in the 24h ahead of the meeting or during the meeting, please expect a 4-hour delay in receiving your login details. This means you might miss some of the live-streamed sessions.

UPDATE: Registration is now full and a waiting list is in place.

I’m on the registration waiting list, what does this mean?

The congress registration list is now full so a waiting list has been implemented. In the unlikely event that cancelations are received, your registration will be confirmed by email. While on the waiting list, you will not receive log in details for the virtual platform and will not be able to access the virtual congress platform, which includes the E-Posters, oral presentations, industry symposia and virtual exhibition.

What will be available for me as a registered participant?

WMS 2020 Virtual Congress will offer you a full virtual experience and the opportunity to take part in every aspect of the meeting, including:

    • Access to the full meeting programme – opening lectures, live streamed panel discussions, oral presentations, industry symposia, webcast sessions. Create your own schedule, attend any and all sessions you want, when and where you want

    • Network with colleagues – browse a list of participants and click on their name to contact them

    • Visit the virtual exhibition hall – journey through the exhibition booths, explore sponsor materials, engage with exhibitors directly and chat with other visitors

    • Certificate of attendance

    • Access all the e-posters – browse research on the hottest topics in the field by colleagues from around the world

    • Join the debate – interact via themed chats carefully designed to allow participation from all over the world, regardless of time zones

Will there be an exhibition?

Yes, there will be a virtual exhibition area. You will be able to visit virtual booths for each of the organisations taking part: www.wms2020.com/sponsors/. Book a meeting, download information, watch videos, send a chat message or question.

Will there be Industry Symposia?

Yes, on Monday 28th September 2020 our six platinum sponsors will deliver 90 minute symposia incorporating ~60 minutes of presentations and ~ 30 minutes of live questions and answers (Q&A). See www.wms2020.com/industry-day/ for more information.

Will it be possible to get CPD points by attending the virtual meeting?

WMS have applied to EACCME for attendees to be able to earn CME points when attending sessions during the virtual congress. As usual the certificate of attendance will be available after completing the online evaluations. The online evaluations will be active after the congress sessions and the overall congress. More information is available at: www.wms2020.com/certificate-of-attendance/

I will not be available 28 September to 2 October. Will I still be able to access the virtual meeting?

The scientific content and exhibition booths will be available on demand for a period of 3 months after the meeting ends for registered participants only, unless speakers/presenters/exhibitors have requested their content/recording be removed post-congress.

What if I’m not available during certain sessions?

All sessions and lectures will be available on-demand in the WMS 2020 Virtual Congress platform between 4 and 24 hours after the live stream.

What do I need to attend the virtual meeting?

To attend the virtual meeting, you need a good internet connection, your computer/laptop and a headset/headphones as well as a valid Virtual Congress registration. If you have already registered for the Virtual Congress, you will receive access credentials for the virtual platform a few days prior to the meeting.

How do I access the virtual congress platform?

Access credentials for the Virtual Congress platform, which will enable you to gain access to the live and on-demand content, visit the virtual exhibition hall and take part in live Q&A sessions, will be emailed to you a few days ahead of the congress.

These access credentials are different from the profile log-in account you set up to register for the event (you will not be required to use the registration log in details after you have submitted your registration and have received your confirmation email).

Please keep your virtual platform access credentials safe as you will need these details to enter the virtual meeting during the programme days and post-congress.

When will posters and presentations be available to view?

E-Posters will be available to view on the platform from the congress opening on 28th September 2020. The poster presenters have uploaded their E-poster and an optional short audio file to accompany their presentation. Poster presenters will be available during the official poster session on Thursday but messages and chat with the presenter and other delegates can be sent anytime during the congress week. Many presenters have set up their own congress Zoom meetings to engage further about their poster.

Some of the oral presentation content may be available prior to the session being broadcasted at the scheduled time in the programme. E.g. Thursday’s pre-recorded presentations may be available to view from the beginning of the day, before the programmed session actually starts. This allows maximum viewing flexibility for attendees.

The abstracts will be available for WMS members and subscribers to the journal only, via the journal after the congress.

I’m presenting an E-Poster, what do I need to do?

When the virtual congress platform opens to registered delegates at midday BST on Monday 28th September 2020 please login using your access credentials which will be sent a few days before the start of the congress. Go to your profile, upload your photo and any contact details you may wish to add so that interested attendees may contact you. Then take some time to familiarise yourself with how your poster looks in the system. Try out how the search, chat and message functions work. Take a few moments to look at the information on www.wms2020.com/howtousetheplatform/ Have a look at other E-Posters, engage and post questions. Remember to check your own profile in case attendees have posted you questions about your E-Poster.

During the dedicated poster session on Thursday 1st October 17:30-19:30 BST we suggest that you are near your screen so that you can answer any questions that may come through. If you have set up your own congress Zoom meetings to engage further about their poster at specific times, make sure you open the Zoom room in plenty of time to allow delegates to join and engage.

How do I engage with the E-Poster presenters?

Abstract authors are requested to be available during the scheduled poster session Thursday 1 October between 17:30-19:30 BST to answer questions and collaborate with you during the congress dates.

Registered attendees can Chat with the presenter at any time during the congress week via the public chat. Click “Join Chat” or the chat icon to leave comments. We strongly recommend to you leave your comments to “All” so they can be easily answered and viewed by all.

Note if you send comments to “Presenter”, here only the poster presenter and the participant corresponding with them will see the chat. However, in order for the presenter to see the private chat messages they need to be inside the e-Poster upload area (note this is not in the virtual platform). The chat window is available from the e-poster upload screen. To see private chat messages from fellow participants and to answer them privately, the presenter must enter the e-poster upload area using his/her token and via a different browser or in Incognito mode.

Some presenters have included a URL, linking to their own personal or institutional e-meeting room, where they can meet other delegates face to face during times they have indicated.

You can send an email to the e-Poster author by clicking the envelope icon.

Is there an abstract journal?

A digital abstract journal will be available to all virtual congress registered delegates from Monday 28th September. The abstracts will also be available for WMS members and subscribers to the journal, via the journal after the congress.

Can I download the slides from the sessions?

No, the slides from the session presentations cannot be downloaded.

Why is the video not playing?

We recommend using Chrome for the best experience when viewing the webcast and live-streamed sessions. If you are using Safari, please enable the popup blocker: www.lifewire.com/manage-pop-up-blocker-in-safari-4136249

Will there be a possibility for Q&A?

Yes, many sessions will include live Q&A opportunities. Please see the programme for more information and visit the Live Auditorium once logged into the platform to take part. You will also have the opportunity to send questions to poster presenters via a chat function or email speakers that have consented to sharing their contact details.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the organisers: www.wms2020.com/contact/

A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Congress Organiser:

Azura Events Ltd, Devon, UK
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