What to Expect:
How to access the conference:
How to report Technical Difficulties:
Technology and Tutorials:
What your typical virtual conference experience will look like:
Prior to the Conference:
Pre-Conference Survey: We want your feedback on how you would like us to organize this virtual experience, please complete this very short survey here. Thank you this information is really valuable to the organizers!
Access the Conference Online Portal: You will experience the virtual conference through our online portal. Each participant will be given a pin to log-in and access the conference content.
Sign-up for an ALife 2020 Tech Training Session: we will be hosting training sessions to help you navigate the ALife 2020 conference space and to familiarize you with Zoom, Youtube, and Slack. These are all great tools to learn professionally and we hope that by the end of these sessions you will be using them like a pro! We will be here for you during the whole process and available during the conference for any technical difficulties.
Watch Recordings of Lectures: All Conference videos will be posted online prior to the start of the conference and will be available for you to view at your convenience from the comfort of your home. Links to these videos will be posted on the conference virtual portal and will be hosted on unlisted playlists on YouTube. If you are in a country that does not support viewing from YouTube please contact us and we will give you access through other means.
During the Conference:
Join the livestream via Zoom: (you will not need a zoom account to access this content). Each conference activity (plenary, contributed talks, satellites, keynotes, posters, and unconference sessions etc.) will have a live session that will primarily be made up of discussion with speakers, you can find a schedule of these sessions on the website. These sessions will be at key times throughout the day and will include a live Q&A and discussion. To speak up during a live session, you can either raise your hand in Zoom and then speak directly or write comments into the chat function. Each session will have a session chair who will moderate the discussion. If you cannot make the live session, not to fear, we will be recording the live sessions, and you can submit questions for the speakers in advance via the ALife Slack Workspace and then watch the response to your question via the recorded video.
Log into ALife 2020 Slack Workspace: the slack workspace will be a great way to have discussion across time zones, to submit questions to the live sessions (via a slack plugin called Slido which allows you to submit questions and upvote them), and to start making connections with other ALifers. We hope that this can turn into a robust community that lives on after the conference and is a space where you can share papers, post jobs, and ask questions to the community. We encourage you to make this space fun, share memes, be silly, and make it your own.
Partake in Social Activities: We will be hosting many virtual social activities, you can find a full list of these on the conference website and we will be adding more activities as we get closer to the conference. We want to replicate social interaction and networking as much as possible so push yourself to engage in these activities and the Slack workspace as much as possible.
Serendipitous Collisions: We will be hosting small networking sessions called Serendipitous Collisions where you will be paired with a random participant and have a short chat like you would while networking at a coffee session. A sign up sheet for time slots will be released shortly.
Post Conference Activity:
Post-Conference Survey: We will be asking your feedback via a post program survey on this experience so please let us know what works and what doesn’t, we want to be able to share this information with the scientific community so that future virtual conferences can benefit from our experience.
Proceedings: all published proceedings will be published by MIT Press and will be available to all ISAL society members. Did you know that by attending ALife 2020 you automatically become an ISAL member for one year, cool right!?
Twitter Conference: Once the proceedings are released we will be hosting an informal ALife 2020 Twitter Conference where we will post the video link, link to author’s papers, and @ the author (for those who want to participate) so that the larger scientific community can discuss the work on twitter and ask questions. We hope this will inspire lively discussion and help spread the word about your awesome publications!