We strongly encourage all those interested in attending the virtual meeting to register in plenty of time ahead of the event (up to 24 hours before) to ensure that virtual platform access credentials are sent and received in sufficient time and that you have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the platform and facilities available.
Registrations will remain open during the virtual meeting. However, if registering in the 24h ahead of the meeting or during the meeting, please expect a 4-hour delay in receiving your login details. This means you might miss some of the live-streamed sessions.
WMS 2021 Virtual Congress and Teaching Course will offer you a full virtual experience and the opportunity to take part in every aspect of the meeting, including:
We realise that not everyone is in the same time zone, but we have tried to make the congress content as flexible and available as possible to everyone.
All sessions and lectures will be available on-demand in the WMS 2021 Virtual Congress platform between 4 and 24 hours after the live stream. Just head to the Scientific Programme and On-Demand Sessions menu in the virtual lobby which is where you will find it all. You can still engage with presenters and exhibitors via the chat functions outside of the BST congress hours, they will just pick the message in their own time zone and respond. Just remember to check back later for their response.
The scientific content and exhibition booths will be available on demand for a period of 3 months after the meeting ends for registered participants only, unless speakers/presenters/exhibitors have requested their content/recording be removed post-congress. After the three months most of the content will be available via the WMS website https://www.worldmusclesociety.org/ for WMS members to access. The Pre-Congress Teaching Course content will move to the WMS Website for WMS members to access after the end of October 2021.
Access credentials for the Virtual Congress platform, which will enable you to gain access to the live and on-demand content, visit the virtual exhibition hall and take part in live Q&A sessions, will be emailed to you a few days ahead of the congress.
These access credentials are different from the profile log-in account you set up to register for the event (you will not be required to use the registration log in details after you have submitted your registration and have received your confirmation email).
Please keep your virtual platform access credentials safe as you will need these details to enter the virtual meeting during the programme days and post-congress.
E-Posters will be available to view on the platform from the congress opening on 20th September 2021. The poster presenters have uploaded their E-poster and an optional short audio file to accompany their presentation. Poster presenters will be available during the official poster session on Thursday, but messages and chat with the presenter and other delegates can be sent anytime during the congress week. Many presenters have set up their own congress Zoom meetings to engage further about their poster.
Some of the oral presentation content may be available prior to the session being broadcasted at the scheduled time in the programme. E.g. Thursday’s pre-recorded presentations may be available to view from the beginning of the day, before the programmed session actually starts. This allows maximum viewing flexibility for attendees.
The abstracts will be available for WMS members and subscribers to the journal only, via the journal, after the congress.
When the virtual congress platform opens to registered delegates on Monday 20th September 2021, please login using your access credentials which will be sent a few days before the start of the congress. Go to your profile, upload your photo and any contact details you may wish to add so that interested attendees may contact you. Then take some time to familiarise yourself with how your poster looks in the system. Try out how the search, chat and message functions work. Have a look at other E-Posters, engage and post questions. Remember to check your own profile in case attendees have posted you questions about your E-Poster.
During the dedicated poster session on Thursday 23rd September we suggest that you are near your screen so that you can answer any questions that may come through. If you have set up your own congress Zoom meetings to engage further about their poster at specific times, make sure you open the Zoom room in plenty of time to allow delegates to join and engage.
Abstract authors are requested to be available during the scheduled poster session Thursday 23rd September to answer questions and collaborate with you during the congress dates.
Registered attendees can Chat with the presenter at any time during the congress week via the public chat. Click “Join Chat” or the chat icon to leave comments. We strongly recommend you leave your comments to “All” so they can be easily answered and viewed by all.
Note: if you send comments to “Presenter”, here only the poster presenter and the participant corresponding with them will see the chat. However, in order for the presenter to see the private chat messages they need to be inside the e-Poster upload area (note this is not in the virtual platform). The chat window is available from the e-poster upload screen. To see private chat messages from fellow participants and to answer them privately, the presenter must enter the e-poster upload area using his/her token and via a different browser or in Incognito mode.
Some presenters have included a URL linking to their own personal or institutional e-meeting room, where they can meet other delegates face to face during times they have indicated.
You can send an email to the e-Poster author by clicking the envelope icon.
The WMS 2021 Virtual Congress has applied for accreditation to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®). If approved, each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. More information will be published on in due course.
Certificates of attendance will be available after completing the online post congress evaluation. If a personalised CME points certificate is required, this will be provided on request.