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Getting started: VicBioCon22

Getting started with SCOOCS

After you have purchased your conference ticket, you will receive an email from to let you know when you can log into the conference platform.


To log into the virtual platform for the first time, please visit and enter the same email address you provided during registration.

Here's some easy to follow videos to help you get started with SCOOCS and VicBioCon 2022:

(Please note: These videos were produced last year for the 2021 conference. At that time, the platform was called iChair - it has since rebranded and is now called SCOOCS. )

Plenary talks & panel discussions

The plenary talks and panel discussions will run as Zoom webinars which are directly linked to the conference platform. You do not need a Zoom account to attend these sessions – simply click the 'Join' button to open the webinar. To ask a question in a plenary talk or panel discussion, please type it in the Q & A window at the bottom of the Zoom screen. As we are using the webinar format for these sessions, attendees will not be able to use a webcam or a microphone.


Concurrent sessions

The shorter talks (5 and 10 minute) are all pre-recorded and will be live streamed at specific times. To ask a question during these sessions, please type it in the chat bar on the right-hand side of the screen. Please be aware that if you pause the live stream, you will find yourself out of sync with the program timing. We recommend leaving the stream running – if you miss something, you can always go back and watch it later.


Live Q & A sessions

You can also ask a question in the live Q & A sessions, which are scheduled to run immediately after the talks finish.
The live Q & A sessions will run as Zoom meetings, so all attendees will be able to use a webcam and microphone. We ask that you please keep your microphone muted until it is your turn to speak. Once again, you do not need a Zoom account to join a live Q & A session – simply click the 'Join' button for the relevant Q & A.

Poster presentations

This year we are running a virtual poster session using a Zoom meeting with breakout rooms. We encourage all conference attendees to check out the excellent poster presentations during the morning tea break on Thursday 3rd February. To view the posters, click on 'Posters & Resources' in the menu bar on the left-hand side of your screen. The virtual poster session will then occur just before lunch on Thursday 3rd February. Please come along and chat to our poster presenters about their work!

Information for presenters

All presenters are expected to attend the session their talk is allocated to. Attendees may ask questions via the chat function during your oral presentation, so be sure to be there to respond. We also ask that presenters join the relevant live Q & A session following their talk, and/or the virtual poster session, so that they can answer audience questions verbally. This will require a working microphone and webcam. If you are not able to join your session or
live Q & A for any reason, please let us know.


Session recordings

All registered attendees will be able to access the session recordings in the conference platform for up to five weeks after the conference ends (until 11.59pm Sunday 13th March 2022). The live Q & A sessions will not be recorded however, so you will need to attend these at their scheduled time. We anticipate that all plenaries and panel discussions will be recorded, but we are still waiting to obtain permission from all our speakers.


IT help desk

If you experience any technical difficulties during the conference, please drop by our IT Help Desk. One of our committee members or volunteers will be able to assist you anytime from 8.30 am until the afternoon tea break on Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th February. When you visit the desk, you will be able to chat with us in a Zoom meeting.


CSIRO book offer

CSIRO Publishing is excited to offer every delegate at the Victorian Biodiversity Conference an exclusive discount.
View the book catalogue and special 20% discount offer just for you! There are 15 books covering a wide range of topics. 
You simply need to use promo code VICBIO22 at the online checkout before 28th February 2022. The discount is valid whilst stock lasts, does not apply to eBooks and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.



For those who use Twitter, be sure to follow our conference hashtag #VicBioCon22 and tag us in your tweets via @VicBioCon! We'd love to see your #EcologicalFashion!



Thank you all for your continued support of the Victorian Biodiversity Conference. We can’t wait to welcome you to our virtual conference space on Thursday 3rd February!

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