AMS Virtual Sectional Meetings

 

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The 2021 AMS Spring Virtual Sectional Meetings will take place online at the following dates and times. No matter your location, you can attend or submit an abstract to any of the meetings.

  • March 13-14, 2021 (Saturday–Sunday), Southeastern (EST on March 13 / EDT on March 14); previously scheduled for Georgia Institute of Technology
  • March 20-21, 2021 (Saturday-Sunday) Eastern (Eastern Daylight Time); previously scheduled for Brown University
  • April 17-18, 2021 (Saturday-Sunday) Central (Central Daylight Time); previously scheduled for University of Cincinnati
  • May 1-2, 2021 (Saturday-Sunday) Western (Pacific Daylight Time); previously scheduled for San Francisco State University

Most programming for these meetings will take place during the hours and time zone listed. Sessions will be recorded and available to watch on demand, as presenters' preferences allow.

These online meetings will still connect you with mathematics research and important conversations with your colleagues.

Virtual sectional meetings will take place in real time on a Zoom platform. Each session and event will have its own individual meeting room. Participants will be able to engage with their colleagues and speakers during question & answer periods that will follow the live presentations, as well as in dedicated networking sessions.

All participants will need to have a Zoom account.

Special Session talks will usually be 20 minutes long with 10-minute breaks between talks that can be used for Q&A. Contributed Paper talks will be 10 minutes long with five-minute breaks.

Yes, staff from both the AMS and our meetings software provider, TBD, will provide technical support in a variety of capacities, prior to and throughout the meetings.

Printed programs will not be available for these meetings; however, all registered participants will have access to the programs online as well as to all abstracts presented at each meeting.

As talks are scheduled, meeting programs will be posted on the sectional meetings program pages.

These virtual meetings will only be accessible to registered participants and all staff. We ask all participants to refer to the Welcoming Environment Policy and our Policy Statement on Anti-Harrassment.

Violations may be reported confidentially and anonymously to 1.855.282.5703 or at www.mathsociety.ethicspoint.com. The reporting mechanism ensures privacy while alerting the AMS to the situation. Our staff will be available throughout the hours of the meeting to assist where needed.

It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. The AMS will strive to make all as accessible as possible. If special needs accommodations are necessary in order for you to participate in an AMS Sectional Meeting, please communicate your needs in advance to the AMS Meetings Department by: registering early for the meeting, checking the appropriate box on the registration form, and sending an email request to the AMS Meetings Department or the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau.

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Registration

Registration for all Spring Virtual Sectional Meetings is open now.

Anyone registering for two fall virtual sectional meetings can receive complimentary registration for the remaining fall virtual sectional meetings. Registration is required for a meeting to receive a complimentary registration for it.

Please use the following links to:
Register for the Central Sectional Meeting
Register for the Eastern Sectional Meeting
Register for the Southeastern Meeting
Register for the Western Sectional Meeting

Registration fees are:
US\$10 - Students and Unemployed Mathematicians
US\$15 - AMS Emeritus Members
US\$25 - Regular AMS and CMS (Canadian Mathematical Society) Members
US\$75 - Non-members

Registration for a spring virtual sectional meeting includes access to all Special Sessions, Contributed Paper Sessions, the Invited Addresses, all networking sessions, the AMS Book Sales Exhibit, the AMS Membership Exhibit, The AMS Acquisitions Room, the MathSciNet Room, and access to on-demand recordings of talks after the meeting is over, as presenters’ preferences allow.
Registration is open now and will remain open throughout the entirety of each meeting.
Yes, registration is required to attend, present, submit an abstract, or view recorded content. Registration fees help support a wide range of activities associated with planning, organizing, and conducting these meetings.
You must register before a sectional meeting closes in order to attend it and access its content after it ends.
The deadline for cancellations is the last day before the start of the meeting; i.e. Friday. You can cancel by emailing mmsb@ams.org. 100% refunds will be given for all cancelled registrations by these dates.

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Submitting Abstracts

All abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission portal. Submit your abstract here. Please note you must first be registered for the meeting to which you wish to submit an abstract.

Deadlines for submitting abstracts are at 11:59 pm, Eastern Daylight Time on the following dates:
Spring Central Sectional Meeting - February 23, 2021
Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting - January 19, 2021
Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting - January 19, 2021
Spring Western Sectional Meeting - March 9, 2021

Please do not use Internet Explorer to submit your abstract. We advise that you use either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

Yes. Once you are registered, you may visit the abstract submission portal to submit your abstract here.

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Program

You can cancel a talk by emailing meet@ams.org.
There will be some Invited Addresses scheduled. Please check the program for each meeting for details.
Yes, you will be able to move in and out of any concurrent session at any time.
No, you will not need to designate a schedule. All sessions will be open to all registered participants. Schedules for the sessions will be posted approximately one month prior to the starting dates of each meeting, for planning purposes. Participants will be able to move in and out of session rooms throughout the meetings.

All registered participants will be able to watch recorded sessions after the meetings. Our meeting software provider, Confex, will have all recordings uploaded approximately 2 to 3 weeks after each sectional meeting ends.

All sessions will be recorded with the exception of informal sessions. Sessions in which the presenters opted out of being recorded will not be posted. All other recorded sessions will be posted on their respective pages within 2 to 3 weeks after the meetings end. All posted recordings can be viewed up to 3 months after the meetings.

Downloading of recordings will not be allowed and the AMS cannot provide copies for sharing.

No, all talks will be live. Presenters may, however, share copies of their slides in the chat section during their Zoom session.
Yes, all presentations will be live in a Zoom session.
Talks can only be given live.
Yes, there will be designated time after each presentation for question and answers.
Yes. Anyone may participate in the virtual sectional meetings. Please take note of the time zone in which each meeting will take place when planning for your participation.
Yes. There will be opportunities to network during some sessions. A community networking channel will also be set up for all participants to help them interact informally.
Yes, an AMS Book Sales Exhibit and a Membership Exhibit are expected to occur at each meeting. More details on these events will be posted later.

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Event Help Guide

We suggest Safari, Chrome, Edge, or Internet Explorer 11+. Firefox is not advised. Participants will be able to join from a PC or Mac, and will need a webcam to be seen, and a microphone to be heard. We recommend a headset with a microphone for best audio quality.
Yes, you can. Although the whiteboard feature is available on Zoom, presenters have had more success when they used different whiteboard-type applications on an iPad or tablet as a secondary device, with a stylus.
All conference sessions will begin on time. The Zoom links for each session will appear 20 minutes before the start of the session. We recommend that you become familiar with the Meeting Platform before the meeting starts. You will need to sign in with your AMS web account, which you used for registration. Your username is your email address. If you need to reset your password, you may do so at https://ebus.ams.org/SSO/Login.aspx.
This may be happen because you have a slow internet connection or there is heavy traffic on your WIFI connection. To alleviate these problems, you may try to upgrade to a faster connection, reduce the number of applications you have running, or use a laptop or desktop computer to participate, versus a tablet. Turning off your video will also improve your connection.
Audio is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers or use headphones. Make certain that the speaker volume is not muted on your computer.
You will be able to participate by installing Zoom and the sectional meeting mobile app. Installation instructions will be provided as we get closer to the dates of the meeting.
Questions prior to the meeting can be directed to meet@ams.org. More information about where to direct questions during the meeting will be provided at a later date.

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