FAQ

Who is allowed to attend the conference?
Who is allowed to present at the conference?
Do you have to be located in or from the Midwest to attend the conference?
What areas of research are allowed at this conference?
Should I give an oral presentation or a poster presentation?
What is the structure of the oral presentations?
Will I be able to present from my own computer?
Will the conference computers be Macs or PCs?
What format should the slides for my oral presentation be in?
What size should my poster be?
Will there be wifi at the conference?
How much does registration cost? What does it cover?
What do the MEEC 2015 t-shirts look like? How do I order one?
When is the abstract call? When is registration?
How do I register? What payment methods are accepted?
What else is there to do in Bloomington while I’m there?
My question isn’t on this list. What should I do?


 

Who is allowed to attend the conference?

Undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, faculty, government and NGO scientists, journalists, and science enthusiasts are all welcome to attend the conference.

 

Who is allowed to present at the conference?

MEEC is specifically geared towards undergraduate and graduate student presentations. However, others are also welcome to present. Presenters should be currently or recently affiliated with a research or educational institution, or have relevant professional experience in the topic of their presentation (for instance, in the case of a journalist or educator).

 

Do you have to be located in or from the Midwest to attend the conference?

No. While MEEC is always organized by and designed to cater to schools in the Midwest, anyone is welcome. Additionally, we are aware that the exact geographical boundaries of the Midwest are somewhat contentious.

 

What areas of research are allowed at this conference?

Anything that relates to basic or applied ecology and evolution is welcome, including behavior, physiology, development, medical science, microbiology, environmental science, conservation, bioinformatics, applied statistics, and applied mathematics. We also welcome presentations in the areas of education, outreach, and journalism related to ecology and evolution.

 

Should I give an oral presentation or a poster presentation?

Both formats have their benefits. Oral presentations can be a great way to share a single representation of your work with a lot of people at one time. On the other hand, poster presentations can allow for longer, more in-depth, and individually-tailored discussion and can be less stressful for some people.

 

What is the structure of the oral presentations?

Oral presentations are 12 minutes long with a 3 minute period for Q&A at the end.

 

Will I be able to present from my own computer?

No.

 

Will the conference computers be Macs or PCs?

PCs.

 

What format should the slides for my oral presentation be in?

The conference computers will have Microsoft Powerpoint and Adobe Acrobat Reader. Your slides should be in .ppt, .pptx, or .pdf format. If you make your presentation slides on a Mac, we recommend converting the file to a pdf in order to avoid display errors that may occur on a PC. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your presentation media, please contact us and we will try to accommodate your needs.

 

What size should my poster be?

The maximum poster size at MEEC 2015 is 48” x  48 ” (4 ft x 4 ft).  However, the typical poster size for many conferences is 36” x 48” (3 ft tall x 4 ft wide). If you will potentially re-use your poster for another conference, you may want to limit yourself to this size.

 

Will there be wifi at the conference?

Yes, the all IU campuses have free AT&T wireless in the academic buildings.

 

How much does registration cost? What does it cover?

Registration costs $50, plus a $1 processing fee if you pay online. We will also accept checks by mail if you want to avoid the fee.

Your registration fee includes a light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, coffee and tea throughout Saturday and Sunday, a catered lunch on Saturday, and light snacks, two drinks, and unlimited pop at the poster session on Saturday night. (Dinner Saturday and lunch Sunday are on your own.)

MEEC 2015 t-shirts are also available for purchase for $10.

 

What do the MEEC 2015 t-shirts look like? How do I order one?

Information about t-shirts can be found here.

 

When is the abstract call? When is registration?

The abstract call and registration are both from Feb 1 – Feb 28.

 

How do I register? What payment methods are accepted?

Registration is a two-step process:

  1. Make an online payment or write a check
  2. Submit attendee and presentation information via an online form
  • This online form includes a place to record your online payment confirmation number or check number and will allow us to cross-reference payments with registrations.

Click here to go to the registration page.

 

What else is there to do in Bloomington while I’m there?

Indiana University is located right next to downtown Bloomington, which has many local restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and stores to explore. You can find out more at the Bloomington Visitor’s Center website.

If you find yourself needing a short break during the conference, there are several beautiful walking paths that run alongside Jordan Creek located just behind Woodburn Hall. Dunn’s Woods is also a short 5-minute walk away.

Additionally, here are some other attractions that might be of interest to MEEC attendees and their traveling companions:

 

My question isn’t on this list. What should I do?

Contact us at MidEcoEvoCon@gmail.com