2021 INS Annual Meeting
Online Conference
November 4-5

Attendee Guide

Thank you for registering to attend the 2021 INS Annual Meeting. We are excited to host our second online conference and have assembled an engaging program with activities on November 4 and 5. See the meeting schedule for a complete list of activities and start times.


Getting Started

Attendees will receive a set of emails in the days leading up to the meeting. If you believe you registered for the meeting but did not receive these emails, please contact us to address the error.

Speakers will additionally receive an email from Zoom that includes a unique link to join their session. Contact us if you did not receive this email by Monday, October 25.

If you are attending the meeting, please read the Code of Conduct.



The virtual spaces will require that you submit an email and password. Enter the email address you used to register. Registered attendees will receive an email containing the password to use for all virtual spaces. Please do not share this password.


a view of the top of the meeting schedule page

All the details you need for the meeting are located on this website. The meeting schedule contains links to each session held in Zoom or Gather. Links are also on each session page.

You can view all submitted presentations on the posters page (as they are submitted, starting October 25), or in the virtual poster hall in Gather (accessible starting November 1). Investigators will present live in Gather at three different times listed in the schedule. All accepted abstracts and this year's recognized submissions from the Neuroethics Essay Contest are also viewable.


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Courtesy: Zoom

All panels and workshops will be held in Zoom. A link to each Zoom session is available on the meeting schedule and is also listed on the individual session webpages. You must download Zoom to your computer and you must allow Zoom to access your computer's camera and microphone.

Please note that Zoom is releasing a software update on November 1 which will require users to have a version of the software that was released in the past 9 months. Before the meeting starts, open Zoom and check to see if there is an available update.

Speakers and presenters who will be in charge of moderating a session in Zoom should review the Speaker Guide. It has links to several tutorials and videos about managing webinars and meetings.


Gather is a platform for hosting online events. Attendees can access the virtual meeting space through their browser or the Gather application (download). You will sign on, create a personal character, and navigate around our poster hall, networking area, and private meeting rooms.

The INS Program Committee has put together a Gather Guide that provides an overview of how to set up your profile and interact with the space. It's like a simple video game which allows you to walk around and video chat with users in your vicinity and talk privately in meeting rooms.

The Gather space is now open. We will also hold a kick-off networking time in Gather following the Business Meeting (which starts 3:00pm, Wednesday, November 3).



Q&A – Attendees can submit questions for speakers through the Q&A feature in Zoom. Submitting written questions helps session moderators use your insights to foster a thoughtful discussion.

Chat – Zoom sessions allow attendees to chat. This feature will be enabled and we encourage you to use it to add to the discussion. Please be aware that the chat is visible to all participants. Chats will not be saved for future viewing as part of the recording.


Presentations will be posted online for attendees to view. Completed presentations must be submitted by October 29, which enables organizers to post them before the meeting starts. All presentations will be listed on the posters page and in the virtual poster hall hosted in Gather.


Speakers — including all panelists, discussants, moderators and workshop contributors — will receive an email from INS staff about how to access your Zoom sessions as featured presenters. We have put together a Speaker Guide to give some tips about how we will be structuring the sessions, managing audience discussions, and other technical details to consider.

Speaker Guide

Code of Conduct

If attending, please read the Code of Conduct.


Contact INS staff ([email protected]) if you have questions about attending the meeting, the technologies described above, or if you should have received an email from staff or from Zoom about an upcoming session in which you are scheduled to speak.