Poster Pods are a free, fun and voluntary event that will take place during the SMM2017 poster sessions! Poster Pods consist of ~ 10 people who are led through a theme-based series of posters by an expert in the field, and converse with poster presenters along the way.

Here you will find information on how to sign-up to be a Pod Leader or participant, what to expect on the day of your Pod and the benefits of participation. 


How Poster Pods Work

Poster Pod participation is simple. Both leaders and participants can sign up and view their Pod schedule through the conference website (see 'Leader sign-up information' and 'Participant sign-up and schedule information' below). At the beginning of each poster session the assigned Poster Pod leader will stand with a sign at the designated meeting station in the Scotiabank Center poster room (exact location TBD), and await participants to assemble. The leader will have a list of posters to visit for their theme (e.g., acoustics, physiology) which will be provided to participants beforehand. The Pod will then commence the tour, spending approximately 5 minutes at each assigned poster: 2 minutes will be dedicated to the poster presenter and 3 minutes to the Pod for questions. After the 5 minutes, the Pod will then move on to the next poster. Each of the 4 poster sessions will host up to 5 Pods containing a maximum of 10 participants each, depending on how many leaders volunteer.


Benefits of Leading or Participating in a Pod

Poster Pods give participants the opportunity to learn through conversing over research with both excellent poster presenters and Pod leaders who are luminaries in their field. Pods can enhance the poster session learning experience for first-time poster session participants or those who may be shy about initiating one-on-one conversations with poster presenters. For leaders, a Pod is a fun opportunity to lead a guided tour that introduces your field of research to others through conversing over posters. Pods also make poster presentation easier and more fun for presenters, because presenters can talk to groups of people rather than repeat themselves multiple times to individual people.


Leader Sign-Up Information

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER POSTER POD LEADERS. Leaders should have considerable knowledge in their research area (e.g., postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, professors) so they can help lead an informed discussion with poster presenters and pod participants.      Sign up here if you want to volunteer.   Leader sign-up closes on 15 October 2017.


Participant Sign-Up and Schedule Information

*Participant sign up opens Friday 21 September*.  More information to come soon.

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