The following information is provided to assist authors with the preparation of their presentation and all the attendees in order to ensure smooth participation in this web conference.

In order to ease the communication and keep a maximum of interactions between the participants, there will be a networking area where you will have the opportunity to meet your colleagues in small groups. In addition, there will be a permanent chat that you can use before and during the conference, it will be divided into several channels with different topics and you will have access to discussions history at your convenience.


Using ZOOM: please note that ZOOM will be used during this meeting, we have made a tutorial to explain how to use ZOOM. If you are not familiar with this tool then we highly recommend to test it before the conference, our team is available to help and schedule a live test with you from now, just send us an email at

Asking a question: please note that all the participants are muted automatically when joining the meeting. To ask a question during the Q&A time, you just have to raise your hand in ZOOM (click here to learn how) and wait for the session chair to unmute you. If you are facing a technical issue, use the chat to get help from the technical chair.

Setting up your devices: you should plug in your laptop charger and have your headphones with microphone near you if needed, we highly recommend to use them as a speaker, when you ask a question to ensure the audience hears you well.

Setting up your camera: you should set your camera: the best angle for the camera to capture your face is from the eye-level or a little above. If needed, add some books under your computer to reach the appropriate height. You should get close to the camera but not too close. The camera should frame your face, neck, and shoulders. Also, you should be at the centre of the frame.

Considering the light: you should light your face, and darken the space behind you: The light source should come from in front of you. Natural light is highly advised.

Clearing the background: you should pay attention to your background if you are at home and minimize background distractions for the audience. You can also use a virtual background customized to the conference. You will find a static version here. To do so, a tutorial is available to explain how to change your virtual background.

Naming yourself: you should put your real first and last name as username on ZOOM. Please avoid non-standard nickname. A tutorial is available to explain how to rename yourself.

Selecting a quiet place: you should make sure that you are in a quiet environment: check your room acoustics, ensure there is no background noise, dogs barking, people walking by, and more.

Avoiding distractions: you should make your environment very simple and avoid any distracting object that you could be tempted to play with or touch while you are speaking to the audience like keys.

Testing the connection speed: if you share your internet connection with others, you should ask if they can limit their data consumption. You should make sure the audience is not looking at a blurry or pixelated image.


Testing call: we shall do a test session before you go live to make basic checks (sound, video, and slides). Using the same set-up and being in the same area during the test and live sessions are highly recommended. Please note that you should have received an email inviting you to schedule a test session at your convenience but you can also book your slot here, the test session should last about 5 minutes.

Being on time: It is helpful if you connect 15 minutes prior to your session to ensure your connection is working, as well as your device.

Timing for talks: Each speaker has 1 hour for the presentation followed by a 30 minutes discussion with the audience. Please have a timer near you to ensure you do not run over.