2021 - 3 Minute Lightning Talks
Event Date: December 9th, 6:00 ~ 7:30 PM* PST
Submission Deadline: November 24th, 11:59 PM PST

Please fill in the registration form below to submit your application for participation in the VanBUG 2021 Three-Minute Lightning Talks. The event will occur remotely via the ZOOM platform.

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

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.
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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 decided to avoid indirectly giving speakers additional 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 determined via an anonymous an 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.
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