Meeting Tips for Attendees

If you are planning to attend the American College of Toxicology virtual Annual Meeting, these tips will help you maximize your experience—before, during, and after the College’s flagship event.

Before the Meeting

The ACT Annual Meeting offers a robust scientific program composed of Continuing Education courses and Scientific Sessions for attendees of all levels and specialties. Special social events are also planned throughout the meeting to facilitate professional networking.

The ACT Annual Meeting event platform and the Program Overview on the website contain the full schedule of events. Before the meeting, you are encouraged to explore the sessions and events on the schedule and select those that interest you. Please note that some activities are by invitation only or require registration to attend and that some have associated fees.

If you’re an ACT member, upload a portrait to your interACT profile to put a face to a name for long-term memory and assist in quick recognition when you meet colleagues in the future.

During the Meeting

There will be a virtual Poster Viewing held Monday, November 15 from 3:30 pm–5:30 pm. The Poster Viewing will feature posters on a variety of topics and showcases some of the latest and most innovative work in the field.

Poster presenters for the 2021 Annual Meeting have the option to record a five-minute presentation of their poster and respond to questions via the virtual platform. Posters should represent only scientific material and should not contain any marketing of a company, service, or product. The presenter may not engage in product detailing and may not direct participants to a particular exhibit, meeting, or other company-sponsored entity, website, activity, program, etc. ACT reserves the right to remove any material deemed outside the guidelines.

The Annual Meeting offers Symposia, Workshops, and Continuing Education (CE) courses. CE courses are held on Wednesday, November 10, and Friday, November 12, of the Annual Meeting and require separate registration. These courses offer education for every career stage on the latest in applied toxicology. Symposia and Workshops occur from Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19 of the Annual Meeting. During these sessions, expert speakers present cutting-edge developments in the field. To optimize the meeting experience, review the schedule in advance so that you can plan to attend sessions of interest. Be sure to participate in session polls and live Q&A.

ACT Exhibitors play a vital role in supporting the Annual Meeting. With the virtual meeting, our 2021 exhibitors have been given some new options in lieu of a virtual booth. Many have taken advantage of an enhanced digital content package on our Exhibits website. Please be sure to visit this page to see all that these companies have to offer the toxicology community.

Many exhibitors and supporters have also taken advantage of our new Talking Tox Webinars. These are commercially supported educational sessions highlighting case studies and relevant research. Be sure to review the schedule and attend those webinars of interest to you. Talking Tox Webinars will be available on demand through February 15, 2022.

The Annual Meeting brings together toxicologists from academia, industry, government, and consulting, making it an ideal avenue for networking. It is a collegial gathering—fellow attendees want to virtually meet you!

To make the most of the meeting, you are encouraged to connect with speakers after their presentations and to arrange chats with fellow attendees during the virtual meeting. In addition, remember that the Annual Meeting social program—including the Welcome Reception, Poster Viewing, ACT Member Mixer (members only), and Closing Social—is designed to facilitate attendee networking.

Take advantage of these events, activities, and opportunities to make yourself known!

After the Meeting

Once the virtual meeting has concluded, it is important to follow up with the new contacts and connections you made during the meeting! You may want to send a thank you note to those with whom you met and connect.

ACT Members can connect with fellow members using the Member Directory in interACT. For connecting with Nonmembers, adding new contacts to your LinkedIn network will help maintain a lasting relationship.

There are many ways you can get involved in the College throughout the year outside the Annual Meeting. ACT offers volunteer opportunities for individuals across career and education levels that also allow you to enhance your CV and make connections. If you are interested in learning more about contributing to the College, submit a volunteer form at any time.

If you are not an ACT member, you are encouraged to apply for membership to join this community of professionals dedicated to education, leadership, and service in applied toxicology. To learn more about membership in the College, visit the “Membership” section of the ACT website.

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