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Submitted abstracts will be chosen for either posters or presentations. Similar to a standard conference, the poster session will be separate from the presentation session.


In the days leading up to POM, we are hosting a poster session. Specifically, on January 12, 2021, (at some point), researchers will initially post their posters on Twitter as jpgs (or other image files), include the conference hashtag (#POM21Ja), and create twitter threads consisting of 1-2 additional posts explaining the key findings of their work. This initial post will spark the conversation about their poster. The benefit of this approach is that these conversations can last for days and engage researchers globally, regardless of time zone. Additionally, links to relevant papers could also be included.


To make POM broadly accessible, we are hosting the event using webcasting software. Specifically, every speaker will give their presentations from their location, and every participant will be able to participant from their home location.  To facilitate audience participation and encourage learning, the time allotted for questions will be extended. Questions can be entered by any participant through an online portal at any point during the presentation, and they will be asked by the moderator. In addition, the presentations are being recorded to allow for multiple viewings.

POM will happen on Thursday January 14 and Friday January 15, 2021, from 9 am- 2 pm Pacific Time (PST) which is:

  • Thursday January 14 and Friday January 15, 18:00-23:00 CET (Zurich)
  • Thursday, January 14 through Friday January 15 and Friday January 15 through Saturday January 16, 22:30-3:30 IST (Mumbai)
  • Thursday January 14 and Friday January 15, 1:00-6:00 CST (Beijing)
  • Thursday, January 15 and Friday January 15, 4:00-9:00 AEDT (Sydney)

Participation in POM, whether presenting or watching, is free of charge. There will be no paywall afterwards or fees to ask questions. All you need to do is register (for free) to get the log-on link.

We would like emphasize that POM is an ongoing experiment, and we are still finalizing details. This might be an annual, quarterly, or monthly event. The point is that we will listen to the community to fill the need. Let us know if you have any suggestions on how to further improve upon this idea for future events.