Why is there an additional fee? Why can’t AGU pay for this with registration fees?
Although the value provided to the presenters is significant, the costs associated with this new technology are also high. AGU is assuming most of the costs this first year, passing on as little as possible to the participants, to encourage and enable greater and more varied participation in the pilot. Although there is an additional fee associated with an eLightning session, we have ensured the cost to presenters—the combined abstract submission fee and eLightning fee—will be less than costs associated with submitting an abstract to a traditional session and on-site poster printing.
Has AGU considered getting a sponsorship or a grant for this session format?
AGU is searching for sponsorship and grant opportunities, although they may not be enough to eliminate the need for a presenter fee for 2017.
If you do secure a sponsor, will they be listed as a sponsor of a specific session or presentation at the meeting?
Sponsors will not be listed as sponsoring the science presented in any given session or presentation.
What if I don’t want to participate?
Traditional sessions will still be available to you; presenters who are not interested in the eLightning presentations will not have any impact on their presentation, just as those who elected to not participate in an alternate format in 2016 were not impacted by the new formats. The eLightning sessions are completely optional.
What if I don’t want to make my presentation permanently available in the library?
There will be an opt-out for any presenter who does not want their presentation to be available after the meeting. This library will remain up for at least 6 months after the meeting. AGU is also investigating the various options for archiving eLightning presentations.
Is the eLightning library open access?
The presentations will be freely available. AGU is still considering which types of licenses to allow presenters to apply to their content, but a CC-BY license will certainly be an option.
Why is this named eLightning?
In 2016, AGU piloted a Lightning Poster Session format that allowed poster sessions to have a set time, outside of their designated time in the poster hall and in a separate room, for their presenters to give lightning presentations of their posters. This experiment was intended to encourage discussion, enable presenters in the same session to see each other present, and increase visibility of the posters. The current session format is built on the progress made and lessons learned from Lightning Poster Sessions, hence the Lightning in eLightning. We are adding additional value by providing more of an electronic ability, hence the e in eLightning. We also wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t be confused with our long-running ePoster program, where poster presenters are able to upload a static PDF copy of their poster to the online scientific program, so the word poster wasn’t included in the name.
I have questions about what type of content I can and can’t include in the eLightning presentation software.
If you want further clarity about this format or the type of content that can be included, please view the demo presentation as an example or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will either answer your question or direct you to our vendor, who will be able to provide further assistance.