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2020 Virtual PCSFN Meeting

We are proud to announce that we’re launching this year’s Annual PCSFN conference virtually, in response to COVID-19. Dr. Catherine Woolley, William Deering Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University, will be our keynote speaker and will present the annual Sol Erulkar Memorial lecture. Details for registration and poster abstract submission are below.

Meeting Details

Date: Thursday July 9, 2020 from 2:00 – 5:30 PM

Location: Virtual – link provided day prior via email following registration.

Keynote speaker: Catherine Woolley, PhD, William Deering Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University

Title: “Sex difference in the brain: not what you think. Evidence for latent sex differences in mechanisms of synaptic modulation”

Meeting Format: We will host this year’s conference virtually with Zoom. With this platform, you will be able to view the Keynote and trainee talks. Registrants will receive the meeting link/password via email the day prior to the event. During the event, registrants will can type comments/questions to interact with the presenters. They may also “raise their hand” to have a moderator select them to activate their microphone.


Schedule: (download the full schedule HERE)

2:00 PM: Welcome Remarks
2:15 PM: Selected Talks
4:00 PM: Keynote
5:15 PM: Announcement of Awards


Registration & Poster Submission

Registration for this virtual event is free. However, we encourage faculty and postdocs to help the event by signing up as a poster judge (see below).

Registration is now closed

Important Dates:

June 29, 2020 (Monday)
-5:00 pm: Consideration for Virtual Talk Deadline

July 1, 2020 (Wednesday)
-5:00 pm: Video Poster Submission & Judge Sign-up Deadline

July 6, 2020 (Monday) 
-9:00 AM: Video Posters available for public viewing, Judging Assignments sent, Public Lecture invites sent. https://www.pcsfn.org/2020posters/

July 8, 2020 (Wednesday)
-5:00 PM: Conference Zoom Link and password sent to registrants

July 9, 2020 (Thursday)
-9:00 AM: Judge Scores due
-2:00 PM: Conference begins
-9:00 PM: Posters removed

Technical Support:

Please direct any questions to our Technical Support Team at neuro@pcsfn.org. We will be monitoring this email account semi-regularly leading up to the event, but actively monitoring it during the event.


Asynchronous Poster Judging

Faculty members and postdocs who are not presenting a poster may sign up as poster judges (please use your institutional email address for us to confirm your identity). We highly encourage you to do so! Once signed up, you will receive your assignments on Monday, July 6, 2020 and will be required to submit your scores via an online form by 9am on Thursday, July 9, 2020. 


Video Posters:

Video posters are an opportunity for trainees (undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs) and technicians to present their work. You should prepare either a standard poster or PowerPoint and record a video no longer than 5-6 minutes presenting it (video of your face is optional). You should then upload your video to a file share service of your choice (i.e., dropbox, BOX, google drive, etc). Set the file to “publicly viewable” and submit the link in the registration form. We will remove the links by 9pm on July 9, 2020 to protect the privacy of the poster content. 

We will review the video prior to the event to confirm it meets our requirements. Any video running longer than 6 minutes or not set for public viewing will not be included. If accepted, your video poster will be viewable at www.pcsfn.org/2020posters on Monday, July 6, 2020. Given the short nature of the event, we will not be able to send out rejection notices for poster videos that are not correctly formatted/available.

Virtual Talk Selection

If you would like your poster to be considered for a public lecture (10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes Q/A) during the virtual event, please indicate so on your submission. Decisions will be made and invitations will be sent out 72 hrs prior to the virtual event.

Video Poster Awards

The Eliot Stellar Video Poster Research Prizes for Neuroscience are in honor of Dr. Stellar’s contribution to the Philadelphia Neuroscience community. The best poster video presentation by an 1) undergraduate student, 2) graduate student and 3) postdoctoral fellow will be selected for prizes. Entrants must be the first author of the presentation and may have only one entry in the competition. Entrants may present posters from the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience or from other recent meetings. Prizes will be announced at the end of the virtual event.