Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

  • WHAT DOES THE REGISTRATION INCLUDE? 

    Registration includes access to all online programme sessions, special events, networking, and includes access to TBScience 

    Registration will be open until 31 October.

    Sessions will be broadcast through the conference event website from 20-24 October. All the sessions will also be accessible on-demand after they have been presented. This means that there will be no session conflict issues this year.

    The content will be available on demand for delegates until 30 November. From then on it will be only available for Union members.

  • I AM A SPEAKER. DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE? 

    Participation is indeed only possible for people who register for the conference. Therefore, speakers must registerAll authors must also register if they wish to watch the presentation. 

  • What discounts are available for registration? 
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    Reduced rates are available for Union members, students, nurses and low- and lower middle-income country residents. Speakers, chairpersons or abstract reviewers are not entitled to a discount unless they fit in one of the above listed categories.

    Reduced rate Union Members

    This reduced rate applies for Union members who are also a student or a nurse or a resident of a low and lower-middle income country.

    Reduced rate

    This reduced rate applies for non-Union members whom are students, nurses or residents from low and lower-middle income countries.

    • Students: All those in training are eligible for these rates. Delegates registered in this category will need to upload proof of enrolment in a University programme when registering.
    • Nurses: must upload their nurse registration details when registering for the conference.
    • Low and lower-middle income country residents: If your country is classified as low- or lower-middle income according to World Bank categories for June 2019 you will receive a reduced rate. This will be based on the country that you enter as your address when you register for the conference.

    Survivor registration

    The Union World Conference is pleased to offer sponsored registration to survivors of tuberculosis and other lung diseases. Register as a survivor.

    Sponsored registration

    The Union proudly provides sponsored registrations to select speakers, authors and presenters of scientific sessions and to participants from affected communities and civil society. The submission period to apply for a sponsored registration has now closed. If you have any questions, email: scholarships@theunion.org.

  • How do I become a Union member to qualify for discounted registration?

    Alongside a range of benefits Union members receive a 50-euro discount on registration. New members will receive 15 months membership for the price of 12 (terms apply).

    Before registering for the conference, join The Union as a new member.

    If you apply for membership please allow 24 hours before registering for the conference to allow our system to update.

  • Why isn’t my payment going through?

    If your online payment by credit card is not working, you will need to contact your bank.  Some credit cards will not accept international payments unless they have been previously authorised or unless the company is listed as a partner.

    For any issues with the registration process, contact our registration service provider at registration-theunion@urevent.fr.

  • How can I cancel my registration?

    Due to the nature of a virtual conference, with all content available to view on demand, our policy is that we cannot accept cancellations or provide refunds.

    For more information, email registration-theunion@urevent.fr.

General

  • Where can I find the conference programme?

    The 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health features an extensive offering of symposia, abstract-based sessions, as well as the TBScience programme.

    Ahead of the publication of the full programme, you can download a programme highlights guide.

    Details on session track lists can be found here.

    Please note: The complete conference programme will be available as a fully searchable online agenda shortly.

  • Does The Union offer financial support?

    The Union World Conference is pleased to offer sponsored registration to survivors of tuberculosis and other lung diseases. Register as a survivor. 

    The Union proudly provides sponsored registrations to select speakers, authors and presenters of scientific sessions and to participants from affected communities and civil society. The submission period to apply for a sponsored registration has now closed. Find out more about sponsored registrations. 

  • WHAT DO I NEED TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?

    Registered participants will need access to a reliable internet connection, similar to the internet access needed to watch YouTube, to ensure the best experience of our dedicated conference platform. The conference platform works in most browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc), but Chrome is the preferable option – please note that using Explorer is not advised. The platform is a web browser-based system, so if you have a web browser in your phone you can attend. Details about the platform will be soon available on this website.

  • WHEN WILL THE CONFERENCE BE BROADCAST?

    Sessions will be broadcast through the conference event website from 20-24 October. All the sessions will also be accessible on-demand after they have been presented. This means that there will be no session conflict issues this year.

    All sessions broadcast will be available on demand approximately one hour later than they have been presented at the conference (i.e. if a symposium takes place from 9 am to 10.20 am, it will be available on demand around 11.20 am).

    Note: all listed session times in the programme are in Central European Standard Time (Spanish/French time).

    The content will be available on demand for delegates until 30 November. From then on it will be only available for Union members.

  • I HAVE A TIME ZONE CONFLICT TO ATTEND OR PRESENT A PARTICULAR PRESENTATION OR A SESSION

    Sessions are available on-demand for those who are not able to watch the live broadcast. This eliminates the problem of overlapping session times, meaning you will never miss a sessions because it clashes with another session.

    Speakers will prerecord their presentations ahead of time. They will be invited to attend the session at the time that it will be broadcast, to participate in a Q&A section at the end.  

    Due to the nature of a virtual conference, and as stated in the registration conditions, with all content available to view on demand, our policy is that we cannot accept cancellations or provide refunds. 

  • Can I request a certificate of attendance and/or presentation?

    Delegates who complete the conference evaluation survey will automatically receive a certificate of attendance. Presenters and delegates who did not complete the evaluation should write to scientific@theunion.org to request the link to respond to the evaluation before the deadline.

  • CME Credits

    The 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health will seek for continuing medical education (CME) accreditation in pneumology.

  • CONFERENCE NEWSLETTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA

    You are invited to subscribe to our e-newsletterfor a wealth of conference related information and resources. 

    Connect with us on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using hashtags #UnionConf and #AdvancingPrevention.

    The Union World Conference often shares our follower’s tweets and posts on our feeds to increase the exposure to key audiences.

  • My question is not in this list. Who do I ask?

    Please use this contact form for any additional questions.

COVID-19

  • What impact does COVID-19 have on the conference?

    Due to COVID-19, the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health will take place virtually, providing the opportunity to innovate on the conference model familiar to the thousands of delegates who have participated in the past.

  • WILL YOU OFFER COVID-19 RELATED CONTENT?

    COVID-19 has been considered as one of the late-breaker session topics. Also the list of tracks has been updated to reflect the current COVID-19 situation. 

Programme

  • CAN I SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT AFTER THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED?

    No. It is now not possible to submit an abstract at this stage. Late-breaker abstract submissions are closed and notifications will be sent in early September. It is possible to arrange independent meetings – please contact partners@theunion.org for more information.

  • How will my proposal be evaluated?

    Each proposal is peer-reviewed by at least three different experts in the field. The Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities (CCSA) base their programme selection decisions on a series of review criteria for abstracts and for sessions. Read the review criteria, as well as the abstract and session submission guidelines.

  • Can I choose the date and time of my abstract presentation/session?

    The members of the Scientific Programme Committee oversee the planning and scheduling of the conference. Because they must focus on the general balance of the programme and minimise the overlap of presentations and sessions, they are the sole authority in charge of scheduling the date and time of programme-related activities. Further details on the programme format will be announced soon.

  • My presentation/session has been rejected. Can I know why? What is the procedure for appealing?

    Due to the large number of submissions and complexity of the careful review process, we are unable to provide specific details for the acceptance and non-acceptance of proposed sessions. Note that the programme committee looks at a number of factors including the balance of the entire scientific programme and repeated speakers, tracks and sessions. Additionally, we receive a large number of presentations and sessions proposals for a small number of slots. Read the review criteria. We regret not to be able to reconsider any rejected presentations/sessions.You are able to present your activities at satellite sessions. Find out more information about satellite sessions.

  • I AM A NURSE. WILL YOU OFFER SPECIFIC CONTENT FOR NURSES?

    Yes, there will be some oral abstract and poster sessions of interest for nurses, as well as symposia and a dedicated Meet the Expert sessionThe programme will be available for consultation in late August. 

  • I AM A COMMUNITY MEMBER. WILL YOU OFFER SPECIFIC CONTENT FOR THE COMMUNITY? 

    Open to the public free of charge, Community Connect is the conference community space. It is a vibrant area where community activists, scientists, students, civil society and others come together to network, exchange ideas, discuss solutions and inspire action towards our common goals of ending tuberculosis, reducing tobacco use and improving lung health globally. More information will be soon available on Community Connect. Join us and connect with the communities advocating for lung health worldwide.

    If you have any questions, email communityconnect@theunion.org 

  • Can I submit an abstract if it will be presented before the conference?

    Unfortunately no. All abstracts must present original research and at least preliminary results; abstracts reporting data pending will not be accepted. Submission implies that the material has not previously been presented or published elsewhere before presentation at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health. Abstracts are placed under embargo until they are presented at the conference. Read the abstract and embargo policy.

  • Which topics are of interest for the conference?

    Your abstract must be submitted under one of the official tracks of the conference.

  • Can I modify my proposal even if I have already submitted it?

    Saved proposals can be modified until the submission deadline. Once submitted, proposals can no longer be edited. To edit a submitted abstract (before the deadline), you must delete it and create a new one. Beyond the deadline, the system will no longer be available for edition. Presenters can update their abstract when presenting, if they wish to

  • Will I be able to change the abstract presenter or abstract author(s) at a later stage? 

    Abstract presenters can be changed until the conference. Please email the details of the new presenter (full name, country, email) at scientific@theunion.org. However, please note that the list of authors cannot be changed after the abstract has been submitted.

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