Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting

The fall meeting of the NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Consortium will be held on September 30 through October 2 as three days of virtual sessions using Zoom. The meeting brings together investigators, NIH staff, and our EPC (external program consultants) to further the goals of the consortium.

The Metabolomics Consortium Coordinating Center is organizing this meeting. Please send Inquiries to m3c-exec-l@lists.ufl.edu


Registration helps us organize attendee lists and conduct capacity planning for the Zoom meeting and virtual poster session. Please register at EventBrite:


Wednesday September 30, 2020
11:00 – 11:05 amWelcome and Program Overview (Rick Yost, M3C)
11:05 – 12:25 pmSession 1: Panel Discussion: Enabling Technologies to Drive Compound ID (Moderator: Tim Garrett, M3C)
12:25 – 12:40 pmBreak
12:40 – 2:00 pmSession 2: Panel Discussion: Integrating Software Tools for Compound ID (Moderator: Matt Merritt, M3C)
Thursday October 1, 2020
11:00 – 12:00 pmSession 1: Keynote presentation: “Augmenting Mass Spectrometry with High-Resolution Ion Mobility Separations” (Dick Smith, PNNL)
12:00 – 1:00 pmSession 2: Reports on Collaborative Projects (Moderator: TBD)
(Tracking Unknows in NMDR, Common Datasets for Benchmarking, Unknown Lipids + Internal Standards, and QM Modeling and Cloud vs HPC)
1:00 – 1:15 pmBreak
1:15 – 2:15 pmSession 3: Poster discussions (5 breakout rooms)
Friday October 2, 2020
11:00 – 12:00 pmSession 1:
Two tracks – (1) EPC closed session & (2) Workgroup discussions
12:00 – 1:00 pmSession 2:
Two tracks – (1) EPC with NIH leadership & (2) Workgroup discussions continue
1:00 – 1:15 pmBreak
1:15 – 2:15 pmEPC meeting with NIH and PIs

How will the virtual meeting work?

The virtual annual meeting will operate on Zoom and be similar to any in-person meeting. Presentations are assembled in sessions according to a theme. A moderator coordinates each session. Session presentations are presented live during the meeting in webinar style.

As with in-person conferences, there will also be a dedicated period for questions and discussion after the presentations. Participants will be able to use a Q&A box (similar to a chat) to ask questions during, and right after, the presentations. The session’s chairperson will then select a few questions, depending on the time allocated for the discussion, and will read them to the presenter, who will be able to answer verbally during the session. The presenter will also be able to answer, after her/his session, any remaining questions through the Q&A box.

Poster presentations are pre-recorded and available for review prior to the virtual meeting. Those presenting posters should be virtually present for the poster session on October 1in order to answer questions and participate in the discussion. 

Unless otherwise advised by participants, all the sessions will be fully recorded and made available for watching online, only to those who have registered, during the conference and after. This will allow participants in less favorable time zones or life situations to catch up with content. 

Preparing your presentation

Live Presentations: Live session presentations should be on PowerPoint (or equivalent) the same way as presentations would be for an in-person meeting. At the time of your presentation, the session moderator, will allow you to share your computer screen with the audience, along with a small window of you presenting.

Digital Posters: You can create your digital poster (with a Mac or a PC) using PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Canva, or any other appropriate program.  

Poster guidelines: 

  • All posters must be one page, in English.
  • The voice or video portion describing your work should be no longer than three minutes. It can be as simple as an audio file, leading viewers through the poster, but it could also be a prerecorded “flash talk” with separate slides drawn from your poster.  Be creative – this is your opportunity to generate interest in the science you will present in your poster, and to foster the kind of lively discussion we all enjoy at in-person poster sessions. 
  • The poster should be designed to follow the proportion of a computer screen (16: 9) and allow for good quality graphics with fonts and graphics designed to be readable without having to zoom in on individual sections of the poster. The recommended size is 24 inches tall (60 cm) by 42 inches wide (105 cm). The file should be saved as a PDF and its size should not exceed 100MB. 
  • Include the title of your presentation, authors, affiliations, and contact information in a headline strip, at the top of your poster.

You have until September 20, 2020 to send us your prerecorded poster presentation. Then on Thursday, October 1, from 1:15 – 2:15 pm EDT, we’ll have a poster discussion session with 5 themed breakout rooms where attendees (Consortium members, NIH team, and our external program consultants) can chat with you about your poster just as we would in a traditional in-person poster session. 

Sharing your digital poster

The file should be saved and its size should not exceed 100MB. A DropBox or Google Slides link to the presentation should be emailed to m3c-exec-l@lists.ufl.edu and your presentation will be organized on a virtual poster session page for review by the attendees.

To let us plan for the poster session, we ask that you email us back by September 11 with your poster title and contact information for the poster presentation.