We are excited to be sharing this journey with you as we take the ANZSN ASM online for the very first time. COVID-19 has thrown many challenges at us all and has taught us to be adaptable and learn new ways of doing things in a very short space of time!  The virtual meeting platform is something we are very proud to be delivering and we hope to be able to answer all of your questions, however, we know that we may not have thought of everything, so please bear with us as we navigate our way through this journey together. We will continue to share information via email and update the following Q&A as information is finalised.

The ASM team thank you in advance for reading this page carefully and contacting us with any further questions.

Online ASM

Whilst recent events with COVID-19 have changed our world, the Online ASM will still deliver on the below key requirements to help foster our community’s interests and initiatives!

  • Bring clinicians and researchers together to share new knowledge and ideas.
  • Provide forums for the exchange of knowledge on contemporary best practice.
  • Maintain and continue to grow our award program as it pertains to fostering, supporting and recognising research excellence in the prevention and treatment of kidney disease.
  • Meet with our valued partners whose financial support assists the Society in achieving our mission.

The format of the virtual ASM will be very familiar to previous ASM delegates. The meeting will feature Keynote presentations, Award presentations, Breakout Sessions and Mini Orals. During the ASM there will be live moderated Q&As for each session. We will run our exciting program of Keynote lectures with time for direct questions.

Additionally, there will be time for Interactive Networking with fellow delegates and opportunities to explore our Virtual Exhibition, where you will be able to engage directly with our suppliers.

  • Removal of the significant barrier of travel and lodging expenses
  • Allowing conference participants to participate remotely will reduce the carbon footprint, helping the environment and allowing to visit the conference while not being absent at home or work
  • Online materials, as for example ePosters and recorded sessions will enhance the exchange of knowledge and author & audience contact, during and even after the conference.

No, but the virtual meeting will be offered at a reduced fee.

Although many of the costs of a face to face meeting are no longer applicable, there are new costs and different resources required to run an online meeting.

You are able to register for the ASM here. Early bird registrations close 7 October 2020.

Yes, you can! When you enter a meeting with one of the exhibitors, it will give you the option to enable/ turn off the recording of the meeting. If you both yourself  and the exhibition organisation’s representative agree to the recording of the meeting, you will be able to enable this function and download your conversation post-meeting.


Registrants will have access to the online platform which will enable you to

  • Be the first to see the Keynote presentations and Breakout sessions and ask questions live.
  • View pre recorded ePoster presentations and static slides on demand
  • View pre recorded Mini Orals on demand and participate in live discussion Q&As with the authors.
  • Participate in live interactive networking functions.
  • Visit the Virtual Exhibition to meet and interact with our trade supporters.
  • Pre-arrange meetings with delegates, presenters & exhibitors through the Meeting Hub.
  • Utilise a suite of tools to enhance your attendance including live Q&A, event notes, contact exchange and downloadable content.

No. All payments need to be received before the online portal link will be sent to you. Full payment of your registration fees is due within 14 days of submitting your registration for the ASM.

Presenting at the ASM

The initial information can be found on the Abstract page.  We will also provide presenters with additional information in the lead up to the meeting. Please contact amelia@conferencedesign.com.au with any specific presentation questions.

If you submitted an abstract for the face to face ASM, your submission will still be considered for the Online ASM program. There is nothing further you need to do.

If you have submitted an abstract and wish to withdraw your submission, please contact amelia@conferencedesign.com.au.

For further information and some presenter tips and tricks CLICK HERE


The Nephrology and Transplantation Update Course will precede the ASM on Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 November.

The ASM will be held from Monday 30 November – Wednesday 2 December.

The time zone will be in Australian Eastern Daylight Time. The program is being created in consideration of the different Australian and New Zealand time zones. To check your timezone please click here.

The time zone will be in Australian Eastern Daylight Time. The program is being created in consideration of the different Australian and New Zealand time zones. To check your timezone please click here.

The online program will be a mix of pre-recorded and live presentations. Live Q&A will be available with presenters in both formats.

Yes, the ePoster gallery will be available during the meeting. You will be able to connect with the presenters via the Meeting Hub at any time during the ASM.

During each session, there will be a live Q&A text function for you to ask presenters questions. At the end of each stream, there will be a Q&A session for all presenters. Questions asked throughout the session will be chosen by the chair to be asked however, only the session chair and presenters will be able to speak or be seen. You will be able to contact the presenter through the Meeting Hub at any time with any further questions.

An Interactive Icebreaker Networking function will be held on each day of the meeting. During this session you will be able to use the online platform to engage with other attendees in real time. Depending on your time zone (and the final program) you may choose to relax in your own space and enjoy a coffee, tea or perhaps a wine whilst you chat.

General Questions

Zoom makes privacy and security a top priority for all its users. Please click the link here to read more about Zoom privacy and security.

Specific software is not required.  You will be provided with a weblink to our brand new platform (Onair) for virtual conferencing.  The OnAir platform works best on Chrome.  It offers Zoom facilities fully embedded in a personal and secured environment. Q&A, exhibition space and interactive posters will also be offered. Full online support before and during the conference will be given to all the attendees, speakers, session chairs & exhibitors.

At online or ‘virtual’ exhibitions, delegates can engage one-on-one with exhibitors. Exhibitor information, downloadable brochures, exhibition opening times, engagement in ‘instant meetings’ with exhibitors are just some of the features available to all delegates via the online platform.

Through the ‘contact exchange’ feature, exhibitors have access to a ‘Lead Generator’ which allows exhibitors to capture specific information from delegates (who have given consent), for follow-up communication post-event.

The Meeting Hub is a feature of the online system which allows you to engage in real-time discussions with other attendees and exchange contact details.

Users can communicate via direct message, live chat, video call, arrange set meetings, and export the contacts they have gathered, at any point throughout the event. When using Meeting Hub delegates search for attendees, request meetings, and once accepted, engage in video conversations.

Sponsor and exhibitor representatives are also permitted to access the meeting hub.

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