SPE ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition


Q: What is ANTEC®2020: The Virtual Edition?


After hearing individually from hundreds of ANTEC® attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors it became clear that meeting in-person in just a few weeks was an impossibility. Unanimous, however, was the desire (need!) to hear from the speakers scheduled to present. ANTEC® 2020: THE VIRTUAL EDITION addresses this need.

Q: How will ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition work?

On Monday, March 30, ANTEC® will open as planned — but virtually. You'll hear a welcome speech (live!) from SPE President Dr. Brian Landes followed by a must-see (live!) keynote session. Over the following few days, and continuing periodically for some weeks, you'll see the (live!) presentation of the ANTEC® program tracks – with the papers and presenters originally scheduled to speak in San Antonio. You may attend some or all of these (live!) sessions, and they'll also be available recorded for on-demand playback. We will announce more details, including a schedule of presentations and speakers, next week.

Q: I already registered for ANTEC®. What do I need to do?

Over the next week you will receive details for converting your ANTEC® registration into a seat at ANTEC® 2020: THE VIRTUAL EDITION. Watch your email for further updates and information.

Q: I wasn’t registered for ANTEC®. Can I still attend ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition?

You bet! On Monday we will open registration for our virtual event. With so many industry conferences being cancelled, ANTEC® 2020: THE VIRTUAL EDITION is your “don’t miss” chance to stay up to date on the latest research, new plastics technologies, trends and more.

Q: I am scheduled to present a paper/speak at ANTEC®. What happens now?

Shortly you will receive an email inviting you to present your work remotely. SPE HQ will handle all the technology and support. It’s really quite easy to present. Look for more details coming soon.

Q: We are an ANTEC® 2020 sponsor/exhibitor. What will happen with our sponsorship now?

We have many exciting sponsorship opportunities during ANTEC® 2020: THE VIRTUAL EDITION. and beyond. Our team will call you soon to discuss your many options.

Q: What will happen with my hotel reservation at the Marriott Rivercenter?

Contact the Marriott Rivercenter directly by phone at +1 888.978.6498 to cancel an existing reservation.

Q: What will happen with my flight to San Antonio?

Many airlines have relaxed their normal cancellation or flight change policies. Check with your airline about your specific options.

Q: Will there be a virtual SPE student poster competition?

There will unfortunately not be a student poster competition. However:

  • You may submit your poster be published as part of the ANTEC® proceedings.Send to pmatos@4spe.org

  • You may present your poster to the attendees of ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition.To participate, send a request to swojnicki@4spe.org.

Q: I’m one of the SPE award winners this year. Will there be an awards ceremony?

We are terribly disappointed that we cannot celebrate your achievements and our award-winners together. The 2020 award recipients will be announced and recognized during ANTEC® 2020: THE VIRTUAL EDITION and will be celebrated on stage at a reception during ANTEC® 2021: Denver.

Q: Can I include the paper that I was scheduled to give on my CV or resume?

You may reference the paper that you were scheduled to present as "Accepted for Presentation at Society of Plastics Engineers’ ANTEC® 2020 (Paper not presented because of COVID-19)." If you participate in our virtual conference, you can list the paper as "Presented at the Society of Plastics Engineers' ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition."

Q: Where can I get more information?

For the most current information about this quickly evolving situation, visit www.4SPE.org/ANTEC. You may also call the SPE Customer Service line at +1.203.740.5439.


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