WORKSHOP FAQ

 

How do I propose a workshop?

The SMM Conference Organizing committee is accepting proposals for workshops between 5 December, 2016 - 29 March, 2017. To submit a workshop proposal to the conference committee, go here.

 

When are the SMM Conference Workshops?

The workshops will be held on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October, 2017. They are post-conference this year.

 

What time are the workshops?

The majority of the workshops last a full day – from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM. A few half-day workshops (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM) are being offered, as is a single full-day workshop of two days duration. Half-day workshop times are noted in the workshop descriptions.

 

Where are the workshops being held?

Most of the workshops are being held at the conference venue, the Halifax World Trade & Convention Center. A few of the workshops are being held offsite, and their location is noted in the workshop description.

 

Will you feed us during the workshops?

All workshops will include coffee breaks, but in order to keep workshop costs down, lunch options are not available. We are recommending that full-day workshops allow at least 1.5 hours for lunch to allow time for participants to forage off-site and will provide you with a list of nearby places to eat.

 

How many people can attend each workshop?

Most of the workshop rooms available are limited in size, so be sure to sign up early! (Available rooms are a variety of sizes to accommodate 35-150 participants in classroom-style seating - there are fewer larger rooms).

 

How much do workshops cost?

Most workshops cost $50 USD for a half-day workshop and $80 USD for a full day workshop for early registration (before 12 (noon) July 12, 2017). Beginning 13 July, 2017 fees will increase to $60 USD for a half-day workshop and $90 USD for a full-day workshop. If you are not registered for the conference, you will have to pay an additional non-conference participant administration surcharge of $40 USD.

Some workshops have received financial support to lower the cost to participants, and that reduced cost is shown on the workshop registration page.

Unless a proponent has specialized audiovisual equipment requirements, there are no additional fees to host a workshop as we assume that costs will be covered by the workshop participant fees, listed above.

 

When is the early bird deadline for workshops?

Sign up before 12 (noon) July 12, 2017 to receive a $10 USD early bird discount on your workshop registration.

 

How do I sign up?

Sign up for workshops on the conference registration page. (If you created a user ID to submit or score abstracts or register for the conference, use the same login, scroll to page 6 on the registration page to sign up and pay. If you haven’t set up a user ID yet, you will need to do so in order to sign up for a workshop and hold your spot.)

 

Do I have to be registered for the conference to attend workshops?

In exceptional cases, individual workshop organizers can authorize participation by non-registered individuals. But preference will be given to conference participants, and non-conference participants will only be considered after the early bird conference registration deadline has passed and if there is still room. In addition, non-conference registrants will have to pay a non-registrant participant surcharge (see above).

 

Help! I'm having sign in trouble and I want to register for a workshop.

This is probably a “cookies” or caching problem in your browsing software. Empty the cache/cookies in your web browsing software.

Another possibility is that one of the extra toolbars or browser add-ons is causing an unexpected problem. You might try registering using another browser.

  1. Open a new browser
  2. Click here and sign in under the SMM account you wish to be associated with your registration
  3. Once you are signed in, navigate to https://www.xcdsystem.com/smm/attendee/attendee_registration.cfm
  4. Sign in, either using the log in name and password you have already created to submit an abstract or, if you have not submitted an abstract and would like to register for the conference, create your log in and password
  5. Follow the steps to register for the conference. Note: Your registration is not complete until full payment has been made and received.

Still having problems? Contact registration@marinemammalscience.org

 

I have a workshop question. Who do I talk to?

Contact information for workshop leaders is listed next to their names in the workshop descriptions. Check back on May 29th for a list of workshops! More general workshop questions should be directed to Jack Lawson, our workshop lead for the SMM 2017 conference at workshops@marinemammalscience.org

Conference Management Software by X-CD Technologies Inc.