Okay. For people arriving from out of town, you can check in on Thursday night, October 16th between 6 and 8 pm (all times Pacific). What this means is that some volunteers will be manning a table with smiles on their faces. They’ll have your ID badge and your swag bag and your all-important free booze tickets for the reception. Inside the swag bag will be a program that tells you everything you need to know about the conference, the speakers, the panels, the schedule — everything.
On Friday morning, October 17th, the same (or at least similar!) smiling faces will be doing the same thing from 7:30 to 9 am, plus there will be coffee and piles of bagels and fruit and whatnot to nosh on.
Then comes the real stuff.
- 9:00 Opening remarks from our hero, Marilyn Smith, who is the Executive Director at U2FP
- 9:30-10:30 Science
- 11-11:30 Advocacy
- 11:30-12:30 Science
- 1:30-2:45 Science
- 3:15-5 Science Breakout Sessions
- RECEPTION (this is where you need those booze tickets)
Then most of you will either find something to eat (I usually don’t need to, because there’s so much good food at the reception) or carry on for awhile at the hotel bar. Sleep. Wake up.
(Same deal in the morning, except it’s only an hour, from 7:45 to 8:45 am. Don’t be late!)
- 8:45 – 9 am: More news from Marilyn
- 9 – 9:30 Science
- 9:30-9:45 Advocacy
- 9:45 – 10:15 Science
- 10:45 – 11:45 Science
- 12:00 – 12:45 Science Breakouts
- 1:45 – 2:15 Advocacy
- 2:15 – 2:50 Current Therapies Introduction
- 2:50 – 3:40 Current Therapies Breakouts
- 4:10 – 5 Mixed Breakouts
A word about breakout sessions. These will be sessions outside the main ballroom, usually in classroom-sized side rooms nearby. Popular topics/speakers attract bigger crowds, and the format will usually just be the person sitting at the front of the room with no microphone or slides, taking questions from the crowd. For most of us, it’s a mighty rare opportunity.
The other breakout format involves a panel of 3 or 4 people who have some expertise in a particular area; the assumption is that there will be people at the conference will want to hear about their subject, but that it doesn’t belong in the general session.
The problem for me is always the same: which ones do I attend? I can’t blog them all because they’re simultaneous.