UKSF 2021 is going virtual again!

Unfortunately, we can't be with you in person again this year, but our exciting and progressive virtual platform is sure to make up for that!

Our journey into the virtual world began in 2020 and we learnt some valuable lessons to ensure your online experience can be shaped around your workloads and individual preferences. Our on-demand content will remain online for three months, allowing delegates to return and listen to our most exciting and diverse line-up to date. 

Our fully immersive virtual environment will bring a unique experience to your three days online and we hope our updates will enable the stroke community to engage at the most critical of times. 

#UKSF21 will allow you to hear from the latest in stroke research and service delivery from a wide range of inspiring and world-class speakers, including the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty. We're also bringing you eleven interactive educational workshops to choose from, giving you practical ideas to improve your own practice. 

While we would love to be with you in person, we know that a virtual event can provide certain opportunities. This year, we're looking to attract over 1800 healthcare professionals from across the globe, providing a necessary platform for key conversations to take place. 

Stay tuned for updates, as well as key information on navigating the platform, and we look forward to seeing you in November 2021. 

Get involved and win a prize!

We want to encourage all delegates to explore the platform and enjoy the experience of attending the virtual UK Stroke Forum.

We've assigned points to various activities, which you can collect. Points can be earned by participating in areas such as: attending live sessions, visiting booths; downloading materials, watching videos; chatting with attendees…. the more you do, the more you earn!

Over the three days, your score will register on the Leaderboard. You can access this anytime via the platform to monitor your progress, and to check out the competition!  

The top-two point earners will receive a free registration to UKSF 2022.

Let’s get started!

The rules

  • Game begins: 09:00am GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), Tuesday 30 November 2021.
  • Game ends: 17.30pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), Thursday 2 December 2021.
  • Winner will be announced under the Leaderboard menu and notified via email at the end of the game period.
  • The top-two point earners will win a free registration to UKSF 2022.
  • No cash substitute or exchanges for the prize.
  • Attendees whose company policies prohibit acceptance of a prize are not eligible to win.
  • Employees of Kenes Group and its affiliated companies, including distributors, are not eligible to win.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Key information

The access credentials sent to registered delegates are unique and for the use of the named registered delegate only. Your credentials will be sent to you via Kenes with the subject line ‘UK Stroke Forum Login Credentials’. Shortly, we'll send you the sender email address so that you can whitelist it. If you can't find your email, please email Kenes.

Presentations

I'm presenting an e-poster. What do I do?

This year, there will be no dedicated poster session. Attendees can view and engage with posters at any time. If you're presenting more than one poster, this is fine. The format for this year’s conference allows attendees to check posters at their convenience.

When the virtual congress platform opens to registered delegates on Tuesday 30 November 2021, please log in using your access credentials which will be sent to you a few days before the start of the congress. If a delegate has a question for an e-Poster, they can send it to you via email, or you can get together in the SparkX chat facility in the networking lounge.

Awards will be announced in the closing ceremony. 

Is there an abstract journal?

A digital abstract journal will be available to all registered delegates after the conference. A link will be sent by email.

Registration

We only take online registrations for UKSF 2021. You can book your place now.

Can I make a booking for a group?

You can register a group online by accessing the relevant form on the Registration page. Groups can be registered by third parties. The Group Coordinator does not need to be a congress attendee.

When does registration close?

We encourage all those interested in attending the UK Stroke Forum to register well ahead of the event to ensure that virtual platform access credentials are sent and received in sufficient time, and so that you have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the platform and facilities available.
 
Registrations will remain open during the conference. However, if you're registering within 48 hours of the meeting starting or during the meeting, please expect a minimum 2-hour delay in receiving your access credentials. This means you may miss some of the live sessions.

What are the benefits of participating in the UKSF this year? 
 
  • CPD credits. Gain relevant CPD accredited professional training.
  • Enhance your knowledge and expertise. Find out the latest research and service developments with exciting keynote lectures, ground-breaking parallel sessions, and training workshops.
  • Virtual exhibition experience. Be the first to learn about the latest innovations in our virtual exhibition area where companies will be showcasing their services at virtual booths.
  • Network with colleagues from across the entire care pathway. Take advantage of the multiple networking features within the virtual platform and make new friends.
  • Access all e-posters. Browse research on the hottest topics published in the congress and connect with the abstract authors.
  • Open access to all content for up to 3 months after the event. Explore, learn, and enjoy all presentations and recordings at your own pace, in rhythm with your personal schedule.

Programme

When will the UKSF Platform be ready? 

The congress platform will open from 8:00 am GMT on Tuesday 30 November 2021. Access credentials will be sent to all registered delegates a few days beforehand.

Where can I access the UKSF programme?

The UK Stroke Forum full conference programme can be viewed and downloaded on our site, as well as on the platform here. If you're accessing the interactive programme via the platform, you'll be able to add sessions into your calendar and browse speaker profiles.

I’m in a different time zone to GMT. Can I still participate?

We realise not everyone is in the same time zone, but we've tried to make the conference content as flexible and available as possible to everyone. You can convert the meeting times to your local time zone.

Will the sessions be interactive?

You'll have the opportunity to interact with fellow attendees on the virtual platform, through the one-to-one chat functions. During the live sessions, you'll be able to send in your questions in real-time. These will be answered by presenters during the Q&A sessions. All sessions will have a live Q&A in written form, however, fringe/investigator meetings will also permit audio/video interaction.

Will there be a Q&A? 

Yes, every session will include a live Q&A. Please see the programme for more information and visit the Live Auditorium once logged into the platform to take part. You'll also have the opportunity to send questions to poster presenters via a chat function, or you'll be able to email speakers that have consented to share their contact details.

Will there be poster sessions?

This year, posters will not be categorised into poster tours. Instead, posters will be visible across all three days, with delegates expected to make the most of the intermittent breaks throughout the scientific programme.
 
Posters will be sorted by topic and delegates will be able to search for posters by either entering the name of a poster in the platform’s search function or by scrolling through the list.  
 
You'll have the opportunity to send your question to the authors at any time during this period. Please consult the Programme for more details.
 
How long will the content remain online for after the event?
 
Content will remain online for 3 months after the event: 2 March 2022. Once a session has been streamed, it'll be moved to the on-demand section of the platform within 24 hours.
 
Will there be an exhibition?
 
Yes, there will be a virtual exhibition area. You'll be able to visit virtual booths and book a meeting with a representative, download information, watch videos, send a chat message or question.

Networking

How can I network and engage with delegates at UKSF21?

We promised an enhanced networking package and SparkX, our business matchmaking platform, will deliver. 

Spark X allows you to easily connect with other participants. It's designed to recommend the most relevant people you should meet at the conference, based on your profile and professional interests, and will enable you to chat with your connections or set up a 1-on-1 meeting.

How does it work?

In the days building up to the conference, you'll receive an invitation asking you to build a profile. SparkX will analyse your profile and match it with other participants’ profiles based on your networking goals, interests, and professional background.

Once you're active in the platform, go to the Networking Lounge and click on the SparkX button. From inside SparkX, you'll be able to view and edit your profile, and review your recommendations on who to network with during the event.

If you want to connect with one of your recommendations, like their profile. If they like you as well, then you're a match!

With a match, you can start chatting via the SparkX platform or set up a 1-on-1 meeting.

Technical and communication

What do I need to attend the virtual meeting?

Please note, we highly recommend using Google Chrome to access the platform for full functionality. 

To attend the virtual meeting, you need a stable and secure internet connection (public connections are not recommended), a computer/laptop and a headset/headphones, as well as a registration.

If you've already registered, you'll receive your credentials for the virtual platform a few days prior to the meeting.

How do I access the platform?

Access credentials will be emailed to you a few days ahead of the event. Please keep your virtual platform access credentials safe as you'll need these details to enter the virtual meeting during the duration of the conference and post-event.

Please do not share your registration credentials with others!

I have a technical question

If you have any technical questions while on-site, please click on the green speech bubble in the bottom right corner of the lobby. A member of our technical support team will be in touch.

UKSF 2021: Code of conduct

View or download our code of conduct for UKSF 2021.

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