Below are some instructions and pointers about attending a virtual conference including key dates and information about the conference app
Jan 1, 2021 – Registration opens
April 14, 2021 – Last Day to register at regular conference rate
April 28 – May 1, 2021 – Conference Dates
What to Expect from a Virtual Conference
SANS 2021 will be hosted via Whova. You will be able to access the conference content via a Web app and a Mobile App. (The web app platform recommends that you use Chrome as your browser). The applications will be launched prior to the conference start and all registered attendees will receive notice by email.
Web App & Mobile App
On the day of the congress you will login to the SANS event through the website here using the button to enter the congress.
*The platform recommends using Chrome as your browser.
If you have used Whova before as a conference app or virtual app, please login with your email and password. If you have never used Whova before or used it with a different email address, please click on “sign up here” as itemized in the screenshot.
Please be sure to use the email address you used to register for the SANS Congress.
Main Conference Lobby
Once you have logged in, you will first see the home page of the Virtual Conference. From this space you can click on the various areas in the menu on the left to access sections of the conference.
-Click on Agenda to see any sessions in the program.
-Click on Attendees to view and message individuals directly.
-Click on Community to enter chat spaces with other attendees.
-Click on Sponsors to view the organizations supporting SANS this year.
-Click on Posters to view all SANS Poster Presentations.
-Click on Messages to view your personal messages within the platform.
Inside a LIVE ZOOM Session
Q&A sessions that follow the presentations are live via Zoom but provided WITHIN the Whova platform for attendees. You will click on the Q&A session in the agenda to participate. Most sessions are offered as Webinars, where attendees can interact via chat, Q&A, but not video. If the live session is set up as a meeting, Whova will ask for your permission to share your video and audio through their application to Zoom for your full participation. There is no need to login separately to Zoom unless you are an official presenter/speaker for the live session. Please note that you can interact via theSession Q&A and chat box within Whova on the right as well as chat and/or Q&A in the Zoom box. The presenter may ask you specifically to use one during the session.
You can view all attendees, send message and view profiles here. Please check your messages throughout the conference”
The community section allows for you to connect with others via chat spaces on specific topics, ideas or areas of interest. Create a new space, suggest a meet up & connect.
The poster hall will list all the posters during the SANS Conference. You will be able to view posters at anytime during the conference and ask questions in the text chat box but at only set times will the poster presenter be available to answer questions live. If you wish to search for a specific topic or keyword, click the drop-down box that says “All Exhibitors” to view those posters grouped by one specific keyword. You can also search for the presenter’s name, words from the title of their poster or poster number in the provided search box.