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 3 Minute Lightning Talks

Event date/time:
Thursday, Dec 9th, 2021 @ 6:00pm ~ 7:30pm (Pacific Time)

Virtually on Zoom.

Submission deadline:
Wed, November 24th, 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Event details:
Speakers have a maximum of three minutes and a single slide to share their short but sweet/awesome/serious/funny bioinformatics talk to other community members on!

//—– PRIZES ——//

1st – $150
2nd – $90
3rd – $45
Viewer’s Choice – $45

Additionally, we will be holding an Audience Prize Draw (two random audience members will receive a $30 award).

Prizes will be a $CAD gift card from the vendor of the speakers’ choice.

There will also be a formal announcement of the winners on the VanBUG website and social media accounts.

Deadline for Submissions are November 24th, 11:59 PM PST. You will be notified of whether you have or have not been selected to participate in this event on November 26th.

*Speakers will be asked to arrive in advance of the event for a tech check.

Presentation rules:

– Presentations will be done remotely and 100% live.

– Presentation content should be targeted towards a lay audience.

– Speakers will be introduced by VanBUG via a slide that contains the speaker information (name, affiliation, talk title, etc.). This will not count against the speaker’s presentation time; we will read the speaker introductory slide and begin the presentation timer upon transition to the speaker’s content.

– Speakers will only be able to present ONE slide. The slide must contain static content (e.g. no videos/recordings). Font size minimum 12 pt (this is not a poster).

– Speakers will be presenting back-to-back.

– The question and answer period will not occur until after awards have been announced to avoid indirectly giving speakers addition time to clarify their research.

– Presentations will be judged by a VanBUG panel of bioinformatics practitioners on (1) overall quality and (2) whether the speaker was able to convey the aims, importance, and impact of their research.

– The “Viewer’s Choice” award will be determine via an anonymous audience poll.

Speaker qualifications

The Speaker must be either:
(i) still enrolled in a graduate program in BC, or
(ii) still enrolled in an undergraduate program in BC, or
(iii) has defended their thesis no earlier than September 2021 from a BC college/university.