Update April 3, 2020
When will the virtual conference take place?
We plan to have all participating sessions available for access during a two week time period in June, however, we may roll out some content earlier.
When will submitters learn more about virtual conference participation?
We expect to email all accepted submitters of SIOP 2020 sessions in mid-April with information regarding virtual presentations and the process for opting-in to participate.
Is there a list of all sessions that will be included in the virtual conference?
Not yet! We have spent the past few weeks planning out the format and parameters of the virtual conference. Now that those are coming together, we need to connect with each of the 950+ submitters to gauge their interest and capacity.
Please note that only the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday peer-reviewed and SIOP Select sessions will be asked to opt-in to the virtual conference. We are reviewing options for how we could bring other conference events (Preconference Workshops, Friday Seminars, etc.) to fruition, but those types of sessions are not a part of the virtual conference plans.
Will there be a social interaction component of the virtual conference?
Yes! We plan to give registered virtual conference attendees and invested sponsors access to Whova, our conference mobile app, to participate in discussions, share information, receive updates, and enjoy all the benefits of this platform that will be exclusively available to paid virtual conference participants.
Is the registration requirement still in place for presenters who choose to participate in the virtual conference?
We request that presenters who opt-in to having their session materials included in the virtual conference please register. A paid virtual conference registration is the only opportunity to access the 2020 event in Whova, which will serve as the platform to support the SIOP conference community. Without access to Whova, you will miss out on the conversation around your session and access to all other content from your fellow submitters and presenters.
Will the virtual conference offer continuing education credit?
No, there will be no CE offered for the peer-reviewed content associated with the virtual conference.
What are my refund options?
If you are a current registrant of SIOP 2020, the choices for your general registration fee are:
- Please transfer my full general registration fee to the virtual conference so that I may enjoy access to the valuable SIOP 2020 educational content and conference app.
- Please refund my registration payment except for an $85 administrative fee, which I am pleased to let SIOP use to offset irretrievable conference expenses and lost revenue.
- Please issue me a full refund for my general conference registration fee.
- All registration fees for optional events (e.g., Preconference Workshops, Frank Landy 5K Fun Run, etc.) will be refunded in full. An exception is Placement Center, which is still being determined given that the service remains operational.
- Individuals who registered at the “Regular” registration rate (after the early registration deadline passed) who select option #1 will have their registration rate refunded down to the “Early” registration rate for their category (professional member, Student Affiliate, or nonmember), unless otherwise requested.
- Sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers will receive separate communication from SIOP regarding opportunities for reinvestment or refunds.
What do I need to do to inform SIOP of my choice?
All current registrants of SIOP 2020 are asked to visit our 2020 Annual Conference Options form by Tuesday, April 14, to indicate their choice. This process should take fewer than 3 minutes. Even if you sent an email to SIOP at some point in the past few weeks requesting a refund, we still ask you to please visit this link to officially submit your request.
Once SIOP has processed your selection (within 15 business days), you will be able to find verification of whichever type of transaction you selected (registration transfer, partial refund, or full refund) by logging in at SIOP.org, scrolling down to “Recent Orders”, and selecting the document icon next to the transaction for a PDF receipt.
If I ask for a refund, by when will I receive it?
We ask for your patience in awaiting your refund, as there are nearly 4,000 registrants and the SIOP staff is not accustomed to managing refunds in such a large volume. We will endeavor to provide refunds within 15 business days upon request via the online form located here.
What are my options if I had previously cancelled my conference registration?
If you were assessed the $85 administrative fee and are willing to leave that in place to help SIOP offset expenses and lost revenue, that would be appreciated. But if you would like to receive a full refund, please submit your request by email to Jamie Keblesh, Finance Manager, at email@example.com.
If I had not yet registered for the Austin conference but would like to attend the virtual event, will I be able to do so?
Yes! We know that many of our members are eager for the educational content they can only find at a SIOP Annual Conference. The virtual conference registration fees will be the same as the early conference registration rate ($185 for Student Affiliates, $295 for professional members, $525 for nonmembers). Stay tuned for virtual conference registration to open to new registrants in the coming weeks!
Will there be virtual versions of the Wednesday Preconference Workshops, Consortia, and Advanced Professional Development Course or the Friday Seminars?
Although it is possible these events may be developed into virtual offerings, we are unable to commit at this time to what those experiences may be like and how much the registration fee may be for them. Therefore, we will automatically refund all registration fees associated with these events upon receipt of a registrant’s choice for their general registration fee, to be submitted via the online form located here.