Where will SMB 2021 take place?

The SMB 2021 Annual Meeting will be a virtual conference. We will utilize the following platforms to create an immersive conference experience.

  • Sococo for poster sessions, networking, and socializing

  • Zoom for plenary and minisymposium talks

  • Slack for general announcements and messaging

What are the differences between the two registration options: Zoom Only vs. Zoom & Sococo?

Zoom Only:

Cost: The cost of the registration is free.

Access: The attendee will have limited access to the Annual Meeting, they will only have access to talks via Zoom links.

Zoom & Sococo:

Cost: The cost of registration varies. See the next FAQ question for more details.

Access: The attendee will have full access to the Annual Meeting. This includes ...

    • Links to all talks and replayed sessions,

    • Participation in poster sessions,

    • Participation in networking events,

    • Access to industry sponsors and their activities,

    • Socializing with collaborators and other participants in real time,

    • And more! More information can be found here.

What are the registration costs?

Your registration will support the dissemination of research and education at the interface between the mathematical and biological sciences by a small fee to partially cover the third-party virtual platform cost for your participation. Please register here.

Registration Options:

  • Individual Registration: Register for one attendee.

      • High School, Undergraduate, & Graduate Students: $10

      • Postdoctoral Scholars: $20

      • Academic Faculty & Industry: $30 for SMB/ESMTB/JSMB members or $65 for non-members

  • Group Registration: Register for additional attendees using the same link as individual registration.

  • General Support: Contribute to support the participation of young mathematical biologists at this meeting.

  • Apply for a fee waiver: We invite high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs to apply for a registration fee waiver if attending the conference would constitute a hardship without financial support.

When does registration close?

The last day to register is Tuesday, June 1. It will close at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

What are the minimum software/hardware requirements for Sococo?

  • Supported Web Browsers: Always use the latest version of Google Chrome. Sococo supports the current version and the previous major release of Google Chrome. Other browsers are not supported.

  • Network Connection with Adequate Bandwidth: At a minimum, Sococo requires a download speed of 5 Mbps and an upload speed of 2 Mbps.

  • Supported Operating Systems: Sococo supports the current version and the two previous major releases for the following operating systems.

    • Mac OS X

    • Windows (administrator right required for the desktop app)

    • Linux (any modern distribution that is supported by Google Chrome, the desktop app for Linux is not supported)

  • Computer Hardware:

    • Any dual-core processor

    • Integrated camera or USB web camera

How do I use the Sococo platform?

Please either watch the Sococo video tutorial or read the written Sococo instructions.

If you still have questions, you can reach out to the technical support team using the #help-center channel on Slack.

Do I need to register if I am not presenting a poster or abstract?

Yes! Registration is required for participation in the SMB 2021 Annual Meeting.

Will my talk be recorded or live-streamed?

Due to the global nature of SMB2021 and its 24 hour schedule, we will be recording all presentations unless speakers specifically request us not to. The recordings will allow those on the opposite side of the globe to watch your presentation. Recordings will be available for viewing during the conference and for the week following the end of the meeting. Only registered attendees will have access to the video recordings. The official protocol for recording mini-symposium sessions will be sent later. Speakers who do not wish for their presentation to be recorded must contact smb2021@ucr.edu prior to Monday, May 10, 2021 to indicate this preference.

We strongly encourage everyone to present their talk live as it fosters great discussions. However, we understand that some mini-symposia involve speakers from all over the globe and that live presentations are not always reasonable. If a speaker wishes to submit a pre-recorded talk, they must contact smb2021@ucr.edu by Monday, May 10, 2021 to indicate their preference. Follow-up instructions for how to submit a pre-recorded talk will be provided at a later date.

What are the current SMB subgroups?

CDEV: Cell & Developmental Biology

The Subgroup on Cell and Developmental Biology brings together researchers who are interested in understanding cell and developmental biology phenomena using quantitative approaches. Cell and developmental biology has long proven a fertile ground for mathematical modeling and, with recent advances in microscopy, image analysis, and fluorescent reporter methods, it is becoming an increasingly quantitative discipline. We are now able to constrain mathematical models of developmental processes, for example through parameter estimation, increasing the potential of such models to be used in a predictive way. The objective of this Subgroup is to accelerate these efforts, by supporting and advancing the use of mathematical modeling as part of the ‘toolkit’ of cell and developmental biology.


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EDUC: Education

The Education Subgroup of SMB is comprised of members who desire to improve the teaching and mentoring of future scientists, and in particular undergraduate and graduate mathematical and computational biology researchers. As new research frontiers emerge, our members seek to understand the best practices to help future researchers of biological questions be successful in this space. Content areas include, but are not limited to the teaching and learning of modeling, computing, data science, and quantitative reasoning. Challenge spaces include, but are not limited to designing learning experiences across disciplines, defining and assessing outcomes for new interdisciplinary and technological spaces, integrating data with mathematical modeling, educational outreach initiatives, and providing an inclusive and diverse environment for learning and for the profession.


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IMMU: Immunobiology & Infection

The Immunobiology and Infection Subgroup brings together researchers who are interested in the modeling and analysis of immune processes in human disease and of host-pathogen interactions. Our members study various topics, including within-host infectious disease dynamics, host immune responses, causes and effects of inflammation, disease progression and outcome, integration of experimental and clinical data into models, and model-driven experimental design.

  • Chair: Stanca Ciupe, stanca@math.vt.edu

  • Secretary/Treasurer: Jonathan Forde

  • Advisory Committee Members: Amber Smith

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MEPI: Mathematical Epidemiology

The Mathematical Epidemiology Subgroup brings together scholars interested in dynamical modeling and statistical analysis of the spread of infectious diseases. Topics of interest to the group include: deterministic and stochastic modelling of population dynamics of infectious diseases; statistical analysis of population-level infectious disease data; describing and modelling human behavioral decisions in relation to infectious diseases; control and eradication strategies for endemic infections; prevention and response strategies for emerging and re-emerging infections; effects of antimicrobial resistance; policy implications.


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NEUR: Mathematical Neuroscience

The Mathematical Neuroscience Subgroup provides a forum for the use and development of advanced mathematical techniques in the modelling and analysis in all areas of neuroscience – from cells to networks. The frameworks of Dynamical Systems, Network Science, Scientific Computation, Information theory, and Stochastic processes are just a few areas that we are using to advance knowledge on synaptic plasticity, neural rhythm generation, memory and learning, decision making, and natural computation, hand-in-hand with colleagues from experimental and clinical neuroscience.


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ONCO: Mathematical Oncology

The Mathematical Oncology Subgroup is focused on integrating and applying mathematical and computational models to better understand and predict cancer initiation, progression, and treatment.


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MFBM: Methods for Biological Modeling

The Methods for Biological Modeling Subgroup brings together those interested in the development of novel application of methods (e.g., numerical, analytical/theoretical, agent-based modeling, statistical, parameter estimation, identifiability, and machine learning) towards modeling biological systems. In applying standard methodologies, mathematical modelers encounter many challenges with simulating and analyzing biological systems, such as high dimensionality, computational complexity, observation or process error, model bias, and intra- and inter-individual heterogeneity. The objective of the Subgroup is to support and disseminate new advances in tackling these challenges to the Mathematical Biology community.


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POPD: Population Dynamics, Ecology & Evolution

The Population Dynamics, Ecology and Evolution Subgroup aims to foster a discussion on theoretical, mathematical and empirical approaches to core topics in population dynamics, ecology and evolution.


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What are the themes of the parallel tracks that will be run during mini-symposium, contributed talk, and poster sessions?

We are excited to announce that in addition to tracks pertaining to the official SMB Subgroups, we are introducing a few additional tracks to be ran in parallel during the mini-symposium sessions as well as the contributed talk and poster sessions. The names of all tracks used during SMB2021 are:

  • CBBS: Complex Biological & Biomedical Systems

  • CDEV: Cell & Developmental Biology

  • DDMB: Data-Driven Modeling in Biology

  • ECOP: Population Dynamics & Ecology

  • EDUC: Education

  • EVOP: Population Dynamics & Evolution

  • IMMU: Immunobiology & Infection

  • MEPI: Mathematical Epidemiology

  • MFBM: Methods for Biological Modeling

  • MMPB: Multiscale Modeling in Physiology & Biophysics

  • NEUR: Mathematical Neuroscience

  • ONCO: Mathematical Oncology

Can I submit an abstract that is not affiliated with any SMB subgroup?

Yes! During abstract submission you can choose the option 'None' for relevant SMB subgroup.

When will I be notified about abstract selection?

All submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the SMB Subgroups and the conference scientific committee after the abstract submission deadline on March 15. Notification of abstract selection for poster or oral presentation will be sent in May.

How long is each talk & session?

Mini-Symposium Sessions:

  • A session is 90 minutes long and consists of 4 speakers

  • Each mini-symposium talk will be 17 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions & discussion.

Contributed Talk Sessions:

  • A session is 60 minutes long and consists of 4 speakers

  • Each contributed talk will be 12 minutes, followed by 3 minutes for questions & discussion.

What are the poster requirements?

Registration is required to present a poster. Please register at your earliest convenience. Please register here.

A tutorial video of the Sococo platform is online for you to get a glimpse into what the virtual poster session will look and feel like.

Please follow the following guidelines:

  • Poster Dimensions: Max of 3 ft x 4 ft or 91 cm x 122 cm.

  • Format: PDF only

  • File Size: Not to exceed 25MB. If necessary, here are instructions to reduce file size can be found here.

  • Poster File Name: PS_XXXX_Lastname_Firstname.pdf, where XXXX is to be replaced by the identifier of the SMB subgroup the poster belongs to. XXXX = { CDEV, EDUC, IMMU, MEPI, NEUR, ONCO, MFBM, POPD, OTHE }. All subgroups (and corresponding codes) are listed on the SMB subgroup page.

  • Upload Location: You will receive a link via email.

How do I format my virtual poster?

Posters should be landscape format and saved as a single page pdf, to ensure that everybody will be able to view it on their personal computer or tablet. When designing your poster, please chose content and font size carefully to clearly communicate your research. All accepted posters will be uploaded to a shared drive for access through Sococo during the poster session. Details will be communicated in the upcoming weeks.

Will there be poster prizes?

Yes! There will be several poster prizes. More details coming soon.

What are the Sococo guidelines for Sponsors?

The Sococo guide for Sponsors & Partners can be found here.

Do you still have questions about SMB 2021?

Please send all questions to smb2021@ucr.edu. We will get back to you as soon as we can!