Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the meeting?
The World Microbe Forum will take place in an online format on 20-24 June 2021.

Does the meeting replace ASM Microbe and FEMS2021?
The scientific program and activities planned for ASM Microbe 2021 and FEMS2021 meetings will be available in an online format under the umbrella of the World Microbe Forum.

Is there a discount for members?
Yes, both ASM and FEMS members will receive discounted registration rates. Registration rates for members and non-members will be available in mid-February 2021.

Will I be able to access both ASM Microbe 2021 and FEMS2021 easily?
Yes, all program content and activities will be presented on one platform with log-in information linked to the registrants’ accounts.

Will the meeting take place in my time zone?
The World Microbe Forum will space many time zones. View the Schedule-At-A-Glance by time zone.

When will the full program be available?
The scientific program is available. You can search for sessions, speakers and other activities.

What scientific content will be presented at the World Microbe Forum?
The World Microbe Forum program is organized by topics and tracks that allow you to explore the full scope of microbiology. View the topics and tracks.

What type of session formats will be available in the online format?
The World Microbe Forum program will be presented in live, interactive and on-demand sessions. View the session formats.

How will I participate in the World Microbe Forum?
All program content and activities will be presented on one platform with login information linked to the registrant’s account. Participants will be able to view live and recorded sessions, view iPosters and interact with presenters, visit exhibitors and network in real-time with other attendees.

Why do I need to sign in or create an ASM user account?
The ASM user account will serve as your main account log in to register, submit an abstract, and access the online meeting platform. This account does not serve as an application for ASM membership, nor does it sign you up for membership. Membership information for ASM, FEMS and partner associations is available here. Create your ASM user account for free.

What is the abstract deadline?
The abstract submission site opened in January and will close March 18, 2021, 6 pm ET, 12 pm CET.

How do I submit an abstract?
Download the abstract submission tutorial.

Will there be an opportunity to submit a late-breaker abstract?
Late-breaker abstract submission will open April 23, 2021 and close May 7, 2021. A late-breaking abstract should highlight novel, unanticipated and high impact or disruptive studies that appeal to a large audience.

How will posters be presented in an online format?
Abstracts will be presented in an interactive iPoster format. Learn more about iPosters.

When does registration open?
Registration will open in mid-April 2021.

How much does it cost to attend the World Microbe Forum?
Registration rates are available. View registration rates.

Is there a registration discount for members?
Yes, members of ASM, FEMS and partner societies receive discounted registration rates.

What does registration include?
Registration includes access to all live and recorded sessions, poster sessions, exhibitor booths and networking features on the platform. The scientific sessions will be recorded and available for registrants to view on-demand until July 30, 2021.

Will the live sessions be recorded?  
The program will be available in both live and recorded formats. Interactive Symposia and Fast-Track Sessions will be available on-demand immediately after they broadcast.

Will there be Continuing Education?
Yes, attendees may receive over 200 credits. View the types of certification available.

Will there be opportunities for industry to participate?
Yes, digital options for exhibiting, advertising and sponsorships sales are now open. Download the prospectus for pricing and packages information.

What is the World Microbe Forum's Embargo Policy?

Please be advised that the meeting’s policy that speaker presentation discussions with the press may not be published until after the day and time of the actual presentation. Policy is in effect until June 24, 2021.

All meeting abstracts will be embargoed until May 20, 2021. Late-breaker abstracts will be embargoed until June 20, 2021. Some abstracts will be embargoed to coincide with the times they are presented at the meeting. Embargo times and dates will be clearly marked on all press releases.

Additionally, press releases and other promotional activity by third parties must coincide with the date and time of the presentation. When asking for outside comment on press releases or new stories before the embargo has lifted, journalists are requested to ensure that the embargo is respected. ASM reserves the right to ban any journalist from the meeting who breaks the embargo or breaches the media policy in any other way.

If your research has already been published, please contact the ASM Communications office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss how to handle promoting your abstract.

What are the dates to record my interactive or on-demand presentation?

You may record your presentation beginning, April 26 - June 7.

How may I schedule a recording of my presentation, either separately or as a group?

To obtain details on how to record your session, together or individually, email ASM/FEMS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Will invited conveners and speakers receive complimentary registration to the World Microbe Forum?

Yes, conveners and invited speakers will receive complimentary registration to the meeting. Experient, the meeting’s registration partner, sent emails to all conveners and speakers about complimentary registration. Do not register through the normal registration link. Instead, visit the speaker, presenter & awardee registration for more details. 

For my on-demand session, it lists specific session and presentation times. Am I presenting at this suggested time?

On-demand sessions will record before the meeting and will be released to registrants on the date and time listed in the session.

What is the role of the Convener for the various session formats (Live, Interactive and On-Demand)?

Conveners are the “glue” of the session. They organize speakers and topic content along with the Program Committee Organizer assigned to the session.

  • For live sessions, conveners and speakers, attend the session the day of the event.
  • Conveners lead the session and come prepared with questions to ask the speaker(s) based on the meeting’s content.
  • Conveners monitor and facilitate the questions from meeting attendees.
  • Conveners organize content, as well as recording times for the sessions. Sessions can be recorded all at once or speakers can record separately. In addition, if recorded talks are recorded separately, then conveners can attend the speakers recording to introduce the speakers.
  • Conveners and speakers attend the actual session and take live Q/A during and after the recorded presentation.

On-Demand sessions are recorded prior to the meeting and aired on a specific date and time of the meeting. There is no live Q/A, but there are other networking features in the virtual platform that allow on-demand speakers to connect with other meeting attendees, such as Networking and Profile questions that are set up when entering the virtual platform site. These questions will help connect all meeting attendees with like-minded individuals attending the meeting.

  • Conveners facilitate the success of the session by organizing content, as well as recording as a group or separately. If the session is recorded as a group, the convener can introduce speakers and hold a panel talk at the end of the session.

 How do I find out the details regarding my session, as well as format and presentation lengths?

  • To locate your session details, visit the meeting’s program planner. It will list your session format (Live, Interactive or On-Demand) and presentation lengths for speakers.



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