SPECIAL SESSIONS & EVENTS
ICAR2021 will feature several special events, some of which will be live and promote networking amongst attendees. Please check this page often for additional updates.
Women in Science Roundtable
Impact of COVID-19 on Women in STEM
Monday, March 22 at 12:15 PM ET
Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The WIS Committee is excited to announce the 9th Annual Women in Science Roundtable at the ICAR2021 Virtual Conference. The session will take place on the first day of the live conference, Monday, March 22, from 12:15-1:15 PM ET. This year, our keynote speaker will be Dr. Akiko Iwasaki, professor at Yale University and an expert virologist and immunologist. Dr. Iwasaki is well known for her mentorship and addressing issues facing women in science, and most recently, the toll that Covid-19 has taken on women in particular. A 30-minute video presentation by Dr. Iwasaki will be available on March 15th for viewing prior to the live WIS session.
This year’s live roundtable will provide an opportunity to participate in an important dialogue about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women in STEM. Attendees will have the opportunity to join various chat rooms with designated relevant topics to engage in important video chat discussions with other industry peers and professionals.
The event is open to everyone and included with your registration, but we ask that you indicate your attendance when registering. If you have already registered and wish to add the WIS Roundtable to your registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that the session be added to your event registration.
Ready to mix things up?
Monday, March 22 from 8:30 PM -9:30 PM ET
Tuesday, March 23 from 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM ET
Join us for these 30-minute sessions where you will be randomly matched with a small group of attendees for FIVE minutes for a video chat. When time is up, you will be randomly matched with a new group of individuals, giving you the chance to meet people you have never met before, and to make some new lasting connections! Do not miss this interesting opportunity to mix things up in your social world.
Career Development Interactive Workshop
You belong: finding confidence in the face of self-doubt and impostor syndrome
Tuesday, March 23 at 1:15 PM ET
“I don’t deserve to be here, and everybody knows it.” This is the constant messaging of impostor syndrome – whether you’re starting a new position, winning an award, or being asked to speak at a conference. While few of us talk about it, most of us experience it at some point in our careers. And, the struggles brought on by COVID-19 have only made this worse. However, with the right tools, we can fight back against impostor syndrome and help our friends and colleagues to do the same. This interactive workshop, given by Prof. Heemstra, will explore the mechanisms by which thoughts of impostor syndrome can form, and how we can work to dismantle them.
This event is open to all ICAR attendees.
Dr. Jen Heemstra is an associate chemistry professor at Emory University.
If you are on Twitter, you have probably heard of her! On her Twitter account (@jenheemstra), which has more than 75.000 followers, she regularly shares advice on mentoring and science careers.
Thursday, March 25 at 12:30 PM ET
Get ready to be entertained and informed! Join us for a fun session as eight finalists present live their PechaKucha presentations.
Be prepared for some humor, a few surprises and maybe something unexpected.
What is PechaKucha?
PechaKucha is a presentation format where you have 15 slides, each on the screen for only 20 seconds. Your slides advance automatically so you have to keep up with the slides, as you won’t have control of the speed. Some tips on a good PechaKucha presentation – incorporate humor, a surprise or something that is unexpected. Bottom line, you want to entertain the team of judges as well as inform!
Why should you compete?
There will be three cash prizes - $250 for first place, $125 for second place and $75 for third place, but only graduate students and postdocs are eligible to compete.
How to sign up?
When you submit your abstract, please indicate that you want to compete during the submission process. Only seven people, as well as an additional three alternates, will be selected. Selection will be based on abstract quality, novelty, and content of the work. Be sure to submit your abstract and sign up early.
Get inspiration from the 2018 ICAR PechaKucha winner - https://youtu.be/AYRHKWg3U0I.
Poster Award Competition
ISAR will present awards for excellence in scientific poster presentations at the annual Conference. The awards will be presented to recognize young investigators for their outstanding contributions to antiviral research. Awards will be based on criteria including scientific excellence, innovative research methodology, clarity and organization of presentation materials, and competence of the investigator in responding to the poster audience. Award recipients will be chosen by the Poster Award Subcommittee, a panel of ISAR members; with first and second place prizes presented to the winners in the following categories:
Participants in the awards competition will identify the appropriate category on their electronic poster. Abstracts chosen for oral presentations will be eligible for an award if a poster is also submitted.
The International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR) is an internationally recognized organization for scientists involved in basic, applied, and clinical aspects of antiviral research. The Society main event is the annual International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR), a truly interdisciplinary meeting which attracts the interest of chemists, biologists, and clinicians.