News from iPosterSessions

iPosters at flagship laboratory for the life sciences


We’re in Heidelberg Germany for our first assignment with EMBL, the European Moleclular Biology Laboratory  – one of the world’s leading research institutions, and Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. 

EMBL is an intergovernmental organisation with more than 80 independent research groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. It operates across six sites: Heidelberg (main laboratory), Barcelona, Hamburg, Grenoble, Rome, and EMBL-EBI Hinxton.

Our current event – EMBLCanGen – gathers leading scientists & researchers from around the world for discussions and presentations covering key topics in Cancer Genomics.

iPosters presentations at flagship laboratory for life sciences - EMBL Cancer Genomics in Heidelberg
iPosters presentations at flagship laboratory for life sciences - EMBL Cancer Genomics in Heidelberg iPosters presentations at flagship laboratory for life sciences - EMBL Cancer Genomics in Heidelberg

Actually, it IS Rocket Science

 

iPosterSessions at the International Astronautical Congress

Our first project for the International Astronautical Federation – their 70th annual International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2019 – came to a close in Washington DC today. The Congress was organised locally by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and was attended by over 7 thousand scientists, engineers and scholars – all focused on the challenges and promises of getting humans and support systems up into space.

Taking place during the 50th anniversary year of the first human moon landing, the Congress was abuzz with plans for revisiting the moon, moving on to Mars, and sending remote systems to explore other destinations in our solar system and beyond.

Over 300 iPosters were presented by researchers from over 40 countries, on topics ranging from Space Propulsion to the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, from Satellite Systems to Space Debris, from Space Life Sciences to the Law of Outer Space.

We’re looking forward to next year’s IAC in Muscat, Oman!


iPosterSessions at the International Astronautical Congress
iPosterSessions at the International Astronautical Congress
iPosterSessions at the International Astronautical Congress
iPosterSessions at the International Astronautical Congress

MEPEC in Bahrain


This was our fourth year working with the Middle East Process Engineering Conference, organized by ME3 and AIChE. Over 3,500 engineers, scientists, students and business people from over 50 countries came to Bahrain for the annual event.

The iPoster presentations covered topics such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, equipment design, sustainable waste management, and process water conservation and reuse.


Populism and Privilege

 

We are celebrating our 4th year working with the American Political Science Association, and this year’s Annual Meeting theme was as timely and important as ever.

“No recent political development has been more striking than the rise to power of self-identified populist movements around the globe, whose main unifying trait is their claim to champion “the people” against entrenched selfish “elites.”

Thousands of political scientists from around the world convened in Washington DC to share scholarship and explore the theme in seminars, workshops, roundtables, panels and – not the least – 400 iPoster presentations.

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2019.


This is our second year working with the Stockholm International Water Institute’s Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Thousands of high school students from countries all around the world joined national competitions in hopes of earning the chance to represent their nation at the international final held last week during World Water Week in Stockholm. The national and international competitions were open to young people between the ages of 15 and 20 who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance.

The finalists from each country logged into our iPoster system to create their presentations online, using our interactive multimedia tools. They were then flown to Stockholm for World Water Week. Here, they presented and discussed their projects with the wide range of conference attendees, including scientists, engineers, government officials, business leaders, NGOs, and media.

Each of the finalists was interviewed by a jury of international experts, who decided on the winner. The prize was awarded by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the Patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

This year’s winner was Macinley Butson from Australia, for her development of The Sodis Sticker – an Inexpensive Film-based Detector for Accurate Ultraviolet Solar Disinfection of Water.  We congratulate Macinley and all the finalists from all 35 countries for their fantastic projects and presentations.

Macinley Butson from Australia wins Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2019

 

Planet Plant

 

We call our planet Earth, but without the plants that grow upon it and within it, we wouldn’t be here. We’re utterly and totally dependent upon them for food, air, habitat, clothing, medicines, climate regulation… not to mention much of the beauty we see around us.

This was our first conference for the American Society of Plant Biologists: Plant Biology 2019. Working with the PCO Conference Managers (with whom we also do AVA) we provided our interactive platform to authors and attendees from around the world. They came from academia, corporations, research institutes, non-profits and government organizations. The PB19 iPosters presented research and innovations in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, development, evolution, physiology and biochemistry.

Plant Biology 2019 iPoster Presentations

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The Search for Life on Worlds Near and Far


Well, here’s another one for the record books – not in the sheer number of iPoster screens, or mini-theatres, or authors, or participants, but in the mind-blowing research being done in the search for life in our (shared?) universe.


The presentations covered topics such as experimenting with molecules to understand how the building blocks of life came together in the first place; studying extreme environments (saline, frozen, boiling) that can support lifeforms here on earth as a model of conditions that might be found on other planets; and using satellite and telescopic data to discover planets with conditions that might support forms of life like – or unlike – our own. Awe-inspiring!

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See more of our astro- and geoscience conferences here: Big ideas on a big screen,   Current and Future Astronomers at AAS233, A veritable City of Science,   We are the stuff of stars.

Improving healthcare for women everywhere

 

4,000 attendees from more than 100 countries attended the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists RCOG 2019 World Congress. Held at the ExCel London, it was our biggest assignment yet. 1,300 researchers created 1,900 great iPosters. We ran 2 iPoster mini-theaters, 30 HD interactive touch screens, and 30 laptops for individual exploration. What an experience!

Here are a few of the comments from Congress participants about their experience.

Big ideas on a big screen

 

AAS, The American Astronomical Society, has introduced iPosters-Plus at their 234th meeting in St Louis, MO. Moderated, topical presentations on the big screen for big audiences were a big attraction in the AAS iPoster Theater.  An additional 27 HD interactive touch screens displayed all iPosters for individual and group exploration.

 

 

Transformative Treatments and Innovative Solutions

 

91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Nearly 50% of veterans suffer from chronic pain. Stress, pain, or addiction underlie nearly all primary care visits in most industrial societies.

San Antonio, Texas was the site for AIC2019, the Annual International Conference of The Institute for Functional Medicine. Researchers and clinicians addressed the theme of “Stress, Pain, and Addiction: Transformative Treatments and Innovative Solutions”. Their iPosters presented cutting-edge science regarding the interactions among this triad and demonstrate how the Functional Medicine approach can help with these drivers of modern, chronic disease.

 

The Psychological Impact of Inequality

 

We just finished an exciting two days with the British Psychological Society’s annual conference on The Psychological Impact of Inequality. It’s a compelling theme in these times of rising economic, social, and environmental inequality all around the world. All of the poster presentations were made on our multimedia iPoster system.


When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian.*


We just finished our first assignment for ACRL – the Association of College & Research Libraries. 24 interactive touch screens. Over 200 stimulating iPoster presentations. A division of the American Library Association, ACRL is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers, representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries.

* The motto of the American Library Association

Current and Future Astronomers at AAS233


Our work with the American Astronomical Society continues, this time at their annual Winter Meeting in Seattle.

160 interactive iPosters were presented to over three thousand participants, including this future astrophysicist, who we expect will soon be creating his own multimedia presentations.

Footnote: The US government shutdown prevented many people from attending and presenting their research, but iPosters enabled them to submit and view the presentations virtually.

A veritable City of Science


29,661 attendees at AGU2018 – the American Geophysical Union’s 100 year anniversary meeting.

800 iPosters were presented in 20 sessions over the course of the 5-day meeting. Each session began with short, moderated oral presentations in the two “eLightning” theaters. Presenters then went out to an assigned screen at one of 42 interactive touch screen stations, where they were able to present and discuss their work in detail with meeting participants.  8 interactive browsing screens were also available for independent exploration. And of course all iPosters can be available online – up there, everywhere, all the time.

 

Building Resilient and Sustainable Public Health Systems in Africa


We just finished up an inspiring week in Maputo, Mozambique for AFENET – our fist assignment in Africa.

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) in collaboration with Mozambique’s National Institute of Health and the Mozambique Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program organised the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference. Over 400 iPosters were presented around the theme of Building Resilient and Sustainable Public Health Systems in Africa through Field Epidemiology Training.

AFENET was established in 2005 as a non-profit organization and networking alliance of African Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs (FELTPs), and other applied epidemiology training programs.

AFENET is dedicated to helping ministries of Health in Africa build strong, effective, and sustainable programs with capacity to improve public health systems partnering with global public health experts. The network’s goal is to strengthen field epidemiology and public health laboratory capacity to contribute effectively to addressing epidemics and other major public health problems in Africa.


AFENET operates in 31 African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Global High School Research Competition

Each year since 1997, upwards of 10,000 high school students from over 30 countries compete to win the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious youth science awards.

The competition is open to students between 15 and 20 years of age who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. Initial competitions are held at local, regional, state and national levels in each country. The national winners are then invited to World Water Week in Stockholm for the final competition and for the International Award, which is presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

This year, for the first time, the national winners presented their research and innovations on the iPoster platform. You can view them here.

1, 2, 3…100! A record number of iPosterSessions Screens

 

As part of our 5-year contract with the NIH (National institutes of Health) IDeA program, we set up no less than 100 iPoster screens for this year’s national event: NISBRE 2018.

NISBRE stands for the National IDeA Seminar for Biomedical Research Excellence. It is a national scientific meeting to showcase the scientific and training accomplishments of the IDeA program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the NIH. The IDeA program develops scientific centers of excellence and trains biomedical scientists in the 23 IDeA eligible states.

Undergrads, grad students, post-docs and faculty presented their research over the course of three days at the Wardman hotel in Washington DC. It was a great experience for all.


Here’s how it all came together…

 

We are the stuff of stars

 

We just spent 3 wondrous days with the American Astronomical Society and an amazing bunch of scientists working towards understanding the universe and all that lies within… and beyond.

Fatastic iPoster presentations on White Dwarfs, Black Holes, Molecular Clouds, Supernovae, Instrumentation, Education & much more. Awesome is a much overused word, but entirely appropriate in this case.

 

In praise of a colleague

 

We just got back from Hollywood Florida and our first assignment for the Institute for Functional Medicine – a 5 day conference on Solving the Puzzle of Autoimmunity: the Interplay of Gut, Genes, and Environment.

It’s not often that we toot our own horn, but we wanted to share this letter we received from our client, in praise of our colleague, Isak.

We asked her if it was OK to publish and she  said “…yes, feel free to use my name and words on your website. I’m delighted to promote a great service and company!”

Dear Isak,

I wanted to write and tell you what an excellent, excellent job you did for us at the IFM Annual International Conference in Hollywood, Florida. You were prepared, knowledgeable, outgoing and on point for every question and every instance that presented. You were not only engaged in the technology aspects but with the presenters and IFM staff as well.

I so appreciate your willingness to track all of the presenters and get the releases we need for future use of their materials. It made my job much easier. In sum, I’ve never worked with a more competent, professional project manager!

Barbara Callahan Parnell, R.P.
Contract Administrator


Conferencia Científica Regional de las Américas

 

We just returned from Cartagena, Colombia, where we continued our work with TEPHINET – at their 10th Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas.


TEPHINET is the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Intervention Network. Based in Atlanta, they collaborate with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the development of field epidemiology programs and regional networks around the world.


This is our third year of working with TEPHINET, and after assignments in Paraguay, Thailand, and Atlanta, we were back with them in South America.


The conference was organised in collaboration with Instituto Nacional de Salud de Colombia, FETP Colombia, and REDSUR, the South American field epidemiology training program network.


The iPosters – in Spanish and Portuguese – were presented in moderated oral sessions and then on HD interactive screens for browsing and more discussion. There were great presentations by authors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, and the US.

Three Intensive Days

 

The National Council for Behavioral Health comprises 3,000 member organizations treating 10 million kids, adults and families struggling with mental illnesses and addictions. We’ve had the honor of providing our iPoster system for the second year in a row – this year to their #NatCon18 annual conference in Washington DC. – three intensive days of thought-provoking, uplifting, cautionary, inspiring, pragmatic, compassionate, and memorable iPoster presentations.

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Snapshots from SAGES

 

Here are some snapshots from SAGES2018 – the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons annual congress in Seattle. 796 iPoster presentations from all corners of the planet focusing on research into minimally invasive surgical technology and techniques for gastrointestinal and abdominal disease.

Fighting heart disease in newborns

 

The Neonatal Heart Society is dedicated to improving the well-being of neonates with heart disease through scientific discovery, education, and advocacy while building collaborative, multidisciplinary models of healthcare delivery.

NeoHeart 2018 was our first assignment for the Society, and we’re looking forward to working with them again in 2019.



Thank you all very much. It was our first time using such a product but I can tell you from my interaction with the presenters and audience, they loved it.

The consistent emails to the presenters you used were vital and so informative. It was easy to access and continues to be very easy to maneuver. Christer, your presence was essential and very much appreciated.

Our next conference is in California and we will be looking to repeat this year’s success.

Again, thank you very much for all of you’re help and support.

Best Regards,
Victor Y. Levy, MD, MSPH, FAAP, FACC. Program Chair, NeoHeart 2018. President, Neonatal heart Society

Dark Matter, anyone?

 

Waves, particles, and really, really big things…
like giant telescopes here on earth, and galaxies and stars and exoplanets out there in space – most of which are mind-boggling distances from us and cannot be seen with the human eye. We’re talking about the annual Winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society – AAS, where researchers just finished presenting their cutting-edge iPosters on all of the above plus Dark Matter, Instrumentation, Computation and more.

iPosters in The Big Easy!

 

Science matters – it saves lives, opens minds, crosses borders, and brings us together.
Nowhere was that more apparent than in New Orleans, where we just wrapped up an assignment for the American Geophysical Union – AGU annual Fall Meeting. Over 23,000 earth and space scientists from around the globe gathered in the Big Easy to share and discuss research on topics as wide-ranging as Atmospheric and Space Electricity, the Cryosphere, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, Hydrology, Natural Hazards, Seismology, and more. A city of science. An unforgettable experience.



iPosters launches a basic PDF system at EPH 2017

Another conference in the books – this time at the European Public Health conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Groundbreaking research along with a pleasant atmosphere made this both fun and fascinating.

For their Poster Walks and Poster Areas, they used our newly developed PDF-solution:

Authors sent us their PDF presentations and we loaded them up to our EPH Online Gallery. The Gallery ended up displaying more than 650 posters from authors all over the world!

The moderated Poster Walks (above) had a big turnout and the electronic posters displayed in our browsing gallery also drew in people (below).

 

Engaging Sponsors with iPosterSessions

Sponsors are looking for better returns on their investments.

Getting their company logos displayed on banners, bags, and banquets is losing its value for many sponsors. On-site visibility alone is not enough to justify the costs of sponsorship in money and time.  And at a time when the bottom line for many companies demands measurability – not the least on the marketing side – traditional sponsor packages are sorely lacking.

iPosterSessions offers a powerful platform to increase the value of your sponsor package.

We enable organisations to offer not just sponsor visibility, but sponsor interaction. Two way communication between your sponsors and your attendees. And with a measurable ROSI: Return on Sponsor Investment.

Our system is location sensitive. So, if you don’t want sponsor messaging within your poster or exhibit area (because of CME or other requirements) the system will only display it outside of the area.  Attendees can receive information on iPoster screens in your lobby or other public areas at the venue, as well as on their own personal computers and mobile devices.

iPosters or e-posters?

What’s the difference between iPosters and traditional e-posters?

“How can we display paper poster presentations electronically?”  That’s the question that has driven the development of most of today’s presentation systems for e-posters. 



At iPosterSessions, we started with other, more basic questions. 

Like, how can we give today’s research scientists and scholars the most modern and effective communication tools with which to create and display their work?
    


After all, in just the past decade, advances in the precision and availability of information, audiovisual, and multimedia technologies have had an enormous impact on their ability of researchers to conduct and document their work. 



Why then limit their research presentations to the constraints of paper posters and decades-old e-poster formats like PDF and Powerpoint?  Why not develop a presentation system that enables them to make their posters as cutting edge as the research they are presenting?



In a similar vein, the expectations and needs of today’s conference attendees have evolved dramatically. In both their professional and private lives, they are used to exploring dynamic content with a continuously expanding range of  interactive, multimedia technologies.



Why then limit their access to research results at conferences to the constraints of static paper and PDF files? Why not give them access to the powerful learning experiences they have come to expect elsewhere?

iPosters are, of course, a form of e-posters – they’re displayed electronically at scientific, medical, and scholarly events. But that’s where the similarity ends.

The iPosterSessions system is built from the ground up, using the latest interactive and smart database technology. It comprises all of the multimendia capabilities that today’s authors and users have come to expect, allowing for high resolution images, high definition videos, audio files, slide shows, complex graphics, and room for as much content as is necessary to present the research with all the detail it deserves.

The system is dynamic too. Unlike e-posters, content is created and displayed online, which means that it can be edited and revised “live” from any internet-connected computer, anywhere in the world, at any time acceptable to the event organizers – before, during, or after the event.

That – in a nutshell – is the difference between iPosters and e-posters.

iPosterSession Tracking

Do you need to keep track of which iPosters your visitors visited for CME credits or to meet other attendance requirements?
iPosterSession Tracking

Visitors can register at each iPoster, simply by tapping on the Register Button at the bottom. They type in their name or number, which is then logged in the iPosterSessions database. You get a list of all visitors and the iPosters they explored.

iPoster Audio Presentations

Our new Audio Presentation function enables authors to narrate their iPosters even when they’re not there.

iPosterSessions Main Toolbar

The Audio Presentation button is on the main toolbar on all of our templates, making it easy for authors to add a narration, an interview, or any other sound file (why not some music?) to their iPosters.

Visitors (at the conference or online) can listen to the audio at the same time as they explore the rest of the iPoster – scrolling through dynamic content, tapping on hi-resolution images to expand them to full screen, watching hi-definition videos and animations.

NIH Institutional Development Award Program

iPosterSessions has been chosen to provide our multi-media iPoster technology to two conferences in the National Institutes of Health’s Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program:

      •  Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE)
      •  National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Excellence (NISBRE)

Both conferences are being organized by the University of Kansas Medical Center and Research Institute (KUMC), with grants from NIH.

The IDeA program broadens the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical research. The program fosters health-related research and enhances the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states in which the aggregate success rate for applications to NIH has historically been low. The program also serves unique populations—such as rural and medically underserved communities—in these states. The IDeA program increases the competitiveness of investigators by supporting faculty development and research infrastructure enhancement at institutions in 23 states and Puerto Rico.

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The 2016 K-INBRE Symposium will be held in Overland Park, Kansas, Jan 15-17, 2016.
The purpose of the Kansas INBRE (K-INBRE) is to strengthen the ability of Kansas researchers to compete effectively for NIH funds by building a “critical mass” of junior and senior investigators, as well as undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows supported with cutting edge technology within a scientific research theme. The scientific research theme chosen for the K-INBRE is Cell and Developmental Biology. The program brings together NIH-funded mentors, trainees, and promising new investigators from each of the three Scientific Partner Institutions to drive forward a major statewide initiative to build Kansas strength in this critical life sciences research area.

The 6th Biennial NISBRE will be held in Washington, DC, June 26-28 2016.
NISBRE is a national scientific meeting to showcase the scientific and training accomplishments of the IDeA program. The agenda includes plenary presentations, keynote presentations in varied areas of scientific investigation, poster presentations of IDeA scientists, discussion forums and workshops. The workshops are designed so that the attendees acquire either new scientific or career skills.