Advances 2021



I am not sure I want to attend a virtual event. Convince me!

We understand that meeting in person is a big part of what makes events like Advances special and we are looking forward to getting together again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, attending virtually has lots of advantages:

  • benefit from your peers’ knowledge and experience, and maintain your focus on good practice, without risking your personal safety
  • access to more content – Advances always offers an extensive range of technical content and it is never possible to listen to it all at the face-to-face event. At the virtual event, you can design an agenda that works for you on 20-21 October, watch and interact with the live presentations that interest you the most, and watch everything else in your own time up to 30 days after the event. You can also revisit the presentations that you found particularly useful.
  • virtual networking can be fun and easier for some than networking in person. Plus, by checking out attendees’ virtual profiles first, you can quickly identify the new contacts that will be most valuable to you.
  • save on travel and accommodation expenses and time away from the day job, whilst getting many of the same benefits.
When can I register for Advances 2021?

We will open registration on 8 March 2021.

Will I receive copies of the slides/papers presented at Advances 2021?

Yes, you will be able to access copies of the presentation slides and the full papers (if available) as valuable reference points during and after the event. Please note that this is subject to authors providing the relevant permissions.

I have a question not answered here. Who do I contact?

Please email


Are there opportunities to present at Advances 2021?

Yes, we are currently inviting abstract submissions for Advances 2021. Visit the Call for abstracts section for more information.

What is expected of a presenter before and during the conference?

Presenters will be expected to pre-record their presentation by mid-September and to attend the conference on 20-21 October to participate in live Q&A. Visit the Call for abstracts section for more information.

Do presenters have to pay to attend Advances 2021?

Presenters have full access to the conference on 20—21 October 2021 so do have to pay to attend but they benefit from a significantly reduced registration fee.

Sponsoring and exhibiting

Are there opportunities to sponsor or exhibit at Advances 2021?

Yes, we have sponsorship and exhibition packages to suit all budgets, all providing excellent opportunities to showcase your company before and during the event. Visit the Sponsorship and exhibition section for more information.

Who can I speak to about getting involved?

Our colleagues at Media-Shed will be happy to talk through the opportunities available. You can contact them on +44 (0)20 7183 1815 or at

Virtual platform

How will the virtual Advances 2021 work?

Advances 2021 will be held using the online event platform, iVent, which provides all the tools needed to create an engaging and interactive event. Via the iVent platform, we will have a virtual ‘conference centre’ complete with an entrance hall, auditoriums for the technical sessions and plenary presentations, a networking lounge, a help desk, and an interactive exhibition hall.

Will the presentations be live?

All presentations will be pre-recorded but broadcast as part of a live timetable on 20–21 October 2021 (all times will be Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)). Presenters will be available at the end of their scheduled slot and session to participate in live Q&A via a text chat function.

All presentations (including the Q&A chat transcript) will be available to watch on-demand shortly after their scheduled time, and for 30 days after the event.

How will I get to ‘meet’ other conference attendees?

Whilst networking can never be fully replicated via an online event, the virtual platform does encourage and facilitate professional networking.

At any time during the event, you will be able to see who is attending live with you and search for contacts. Before the event, you will have the opportunity to create a delegate profile – your virtual name badge – which can include as much or as little professional information about yourself as you choose to help you network and make new contacts.

You will be able to connect with other attendees via one-to-one messaging or video chat. There will also be a dedicated networking lounge to encourage discussion during the event.

As with a face-to-face event, there will be plenty of time scheduled for breaks during the presentation sessions so that you can network and meet the exhibitors.

Is the virtual event platform easy to use?

Yes – delegates who have attended previous events we've run using this platform have told us they found it easy to navigate around the event platform and access the content.

Do I need any particular software to participate?

No – just a good Internet connection configured to stream media.