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MIDAS Network Annual Meeting: MIDAS 2021

May 10-13, 2021
online

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May 10-13, 2021
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online
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MIDAS 2021 virtual conference website:  https://event.midas2021.exordo.com/

Dates: May 10 – 13, 2021

Times: 11:00am – 5:30pm, Eastern US time

MIDAS members and collaborators meet once per year at the annual MIDAS meeting to showcase recent work and network with colleagues. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, it is an online event! 

Students and postdocs are encouraged to present their work, as well as junior and senior faculty. For the 2021 virtual meeting, there will be a mix of pre-recorded and live content. We are planning two panel discussions as well as the traditional scientific sessions and other events. We look forward to lively and engaging discussions, albeit online.

Meeting Program: 

Schedule At a Glance – download pdf file here:

MIDAS 2021 - Program Overview – (534 KB)  

Detailed Schedule – download pdf file here:

MIDAS 2021 - Detailed Program - revised 0508 – (170 KB)  

 

Program Summary

Monday, May 10
  • Demonstrations of data and software resources
  • Career development session
  • Scientific sessions (pre-recorded talks and live breakout groups)
  • Poster session – rapid fire talks
Tuesday, May 11
  • Panel Discussion: Funding opportunities for infectious disease modeling
  • Scientific sessions (pre-recorded talks and live breakout groups)
  • Poster session – rapid fire talks
Wednesday, May 12
  • Panel Discussion: How public health agencies can benefit from infectious disease modeling
  • Scientific sessions (pre-recorded talks and live breakout groups)
  • Poster session – rapid fire talks
Thursday, May 13
  • Scientific sessions (pre-recorded talks and live breakout groups)

 

 

Panelists/Speakers:

Opening remarks: Jon Lorsch, Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Funding agency panelists:

  • Jennifer Gardy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Daniel Janes, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • Samuel Scheiner, Katharina Dittmar, Zhilan Feng, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Matthew Biggerstaff, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

Public health agency panelists:

  • Dylan George, Ginkgo Bioworks
  • Michael Johansson, Rachel Slayton, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Mark Escott, Austin Public Health, Texas

 

Career Development Panel:

  • Daniel Janes, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • Samuel Scheiner, National Science Foundation (NSF)

 

General Information:

Presentation formats: 

a)  Scientific session with breakout discussion group (30 minutes)

  • This is the session that most closely resembles those held at recent MIDAS Network annual meetings. Each session will have four scientific talks, heard by all attendees, followed by four concurrent breakout discussion groups. Attendees choose which breakout group they are most interested in. 
  • Each of the four presenters will give a 10-minute talk, and then lead the 30-minute breakout discussion group. The 10-minute talks will be pre-recorded. The following breakout discussion groups will be live. This is where attendees can ask questions, and the presenter can guide more in-depth discussion.

 

b) Poster session – Rapid Fire Talk

During the live rapid fire talks, each speaker will have two minutes to briefly present their research poster. Attendees can visit the posters and pose questions online.

 

c) Demonstration of data or software resource (60 minutes)

These sessions offer MIDAS members the opportunity to demonstrate data  or software resources.  These sessions will be live.

 

d) Poster upload

In addition to the live presentations above, there will be a selection of research posters uploaded by MIDAS members. Members may also include a pre-recorded video presentation of their poster. Attendees can visit the posters and post questions online.

 

Poster preparation guidelines:

For MIDAS 2021 virtual poster presentations, we encourage presenters to be creative with their format. Traditional-style formats uploaded as a pdf are acceptable, but they may be difficult for others to read. Here are some suggestions and resources as you upload your posters to the conference: 

  1. Make sure you are using large font in your presentation. If you are not able to read it on your screen, neither can the viewer! 
  2. Feel free to use more than one page in your presentation. Please try to keep this limited to the equivalent of 5 PowerPoint slides. 
  3. We encourage you to do a video presentation along with your poster. Get creative! 


Some good resources 
and examples for online posters and data visualization can be found below:  

Rethinking the Science Poster 

Purdue Data Visualization Best Practices 

Butter Poster 

 

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact: questions@midasnetwork.us.

 

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