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Virtual ASM FAQs

Virtual ASM FAQs

Virtual ASM FAQs

What are the new dates
A   The virtual ASM will take place over 4 days from 11.00 – 18.00 AEDT from Monday 15 February to Thursday 18 February 2021.

I've already registered for the face-to-face event – what happens now?
  If you have registered for the face-to-face our Professional Conference Organiser will be refunding the amount you have paid soon. Unfortunately, we are unable to transfer your registration to the new event as it is very different to what a traditional ASM looks like. We hope you’ll register for the virtual event once the registration portal is open!

I am a successful Abstract author.  Do I get a discounted registration rate like I would usually?
A This year the College has made the decision to change the way the registration fees are set and instead of offering different tiers of fees for different delegate groups, to offer a discounted rate for all categories, which is set at $800 + GST (standard registration). This fee includes access to the online platform which the event will be held on, to view the live streamed sessions and as well as connect and interact with other delegates, speakers and sponsors and exhibitors during the 4 days of the event. This fee also includes a further 6 month access to the on-demand content which includes the recordings of the presentations, platform and e-posters and other resources with the additional benefit of accruing CPD hours post event. As this is offered as a package, we do not offer any day passes or further discounts.
For abstract authors, we have allowed for the early bird discount to continue to apply and as such, your registration fee is set at $700 + GST.

I want to go to more than one workshop that's on at the same time - can I register for all of them and then view recordings of workshops later?
A  No.  Unlike the ASM program running from Monday 15 - Thursday 18 February in our broadcast, all workshops will be run in real time and will not be recorded.

I have registered for the Virtual ASM but now I want to add Masterclasses/Workshops and am having trouble doing so, what should I do?
A  Contact the friendly ASM secretariat at and tell us what you'd like to attend and we'll add it in for you and, where applicable send you a payment link for you to pay any outstanding registration fees. Your attendance won't be official until you have paid any balances owing.

What will happen during the virtual ASM?
A  The format of the Virtual ASM will be very familiar to previous ASM delegates. The Meeting will feature keynote presentations, concurrent sessions and panel discussions, and will include live moderated Q&As. The Meeting will be held over four days with two concurrent streams.
Additionally, there will be time for interactive networking with fellow delegates and opportunities to explore the Exhibition Space, where you will be able to engage directly with exhibitors.

What does registration include?
A  Registrants will have access to the online platform which will enable you to:
– View over 100 keynote presentations and concurrent sessions and ask questions live.
– Participate in live interactive networking.
– Visit the Exhibition Space to meet and interact with exhibitors.
– Pre-arrange meetings with delegates, presenters & exhibitors.
– Utilise a suite of tools to enhance your attendance including live Q&A, event notes, contact exchange and downloadable content.
– Automatic CPD accreditation
– Free Communications and ePoster presentations

When will I receive my link to the online portal?
  A registration link will be sent to you by email two weeks prior to the Virtual ASM. Please check your junk folder if you do not receive the access email. If you do not receive the email, please contact to have this resent to you.

Will sessions be available for viewing after the Virtual ASM?
  Those who register for the RANZCOG Virtual ASM will have access to on-demand content post event for six months. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend the live sessions to foster networking, participation, and a conference-like experience.

Do I need reliable internet?
A  Yes, we recommend that you have reliable internet to get the most out of the RANZCOG Virtual ASM.

What time zone will the program be in?
The time zone will be in Australian Eastern Daylight Time and run from 11.00–18.00. The program is being created in consideration of the different Australian and New Zealand time zones. To check your time zone please click here.

Will I need to download specific software?
A  Specific software is not required. You will be provided with a weblink to the virtual conferencing platform. Google Chrome is the recommended browser for the RANZCOG Virtual ASM web application. If you typically use Internet Explorer or Safari, it is recommended that you download Chrome prior to the RANZCOG Virtual ASM.
We strongly advise that you participate in the RANZCOG Virtual ASM via your desktop or laptop computer that has speakers. Mobile devices are supported however the best experience will be via computer. You will also require a reliable broadband internet connection.

I have submitted an abstract but I cannot present at the new dates. What now?
A  If you have submitted an abstract but can no longer attend at the new dates, please notify in writing to have your abstract withdrawn by 30 October 2020.

I have submitted an abstract but I can no longer attend. Can someone else present my abstract on my behalf?
Only the person who submitted an abstract can present this work at the ASM as part of the Free Communications or Poster presentations. If you would like to withdraw you abstract from consideration, please email before 30 October 2020.

What are the benefits of online meetings?
A  Online meetings remove the significant barrier of travel and accommodation expenses.
They allow meeting participants to join in remotely, reducing our carbon footprint, helping the environment and allowing delegates to attend the ASM while not being absent from home or work.
Online materials and recorded sessions will enhance the exchange of knowledge, and author and audience contact, during and after the Meeting.

Why is this year's event being offered at a reduced rate compared with previous ASMs?
A  Although providing a virtual event does not incur the same costs as face-to-face meetings, there are still considerable technological expenses faced in delivering an online event. Regardless of this, the College is cognisant of the fact that many members have not been able to connect, learn and socialise during the pandemic, so has aimed to reduce registration fees to make the event accessible to a larger audience. This will provide a better opportunity to re-connect with friends and colleagues, meet new people and share knowledge from all stakeholders connected to RANZCOG.

Will lower registration rates apply to the RANZCOG ASM going forward?
A  Each event will be judged on individual circumstances, however any move back to face-to-face or a shift to hybrid events will likely see prices rise to previous levels to ensure expenses are covered.
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