Welcome, First-Time Attendees!

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago for your first Endocrine Society Annual Meeting! We are committed to making our first-timers feel welcome, and so we encourage you to look through our helpful hints in preparation for the meeting.

Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go
  • Visit the Registration Resource Center to make edits to your name badge, book housing, print a receipt, add sessions, and much more.
  • Get organized using the ENDO meeting planner, an online interactive guide designed to assist in selecting sessions and planning your itinerary.

Pro Tip – “Attend career development sessions, and presentations you know little about.”

Planning for the Meeting

Know the Presentation Types

  • Invited lectures are larger sessions presented by a speaker who has been specifically invited for the meeting. Plan to attend these.
  • Contributed presentations are presented by members of the scientific community and account for most of the meeting content. Each talk lasts approximately ten minutes, and related talks are grouped together into sessions.
  • Contributed posters are displays of research information, and people can inspect at their leisure, typically during coffee breaks between sessions. There are times at which poster presenters are scheduled to discuss their posters, and they are often available to discuss their research informally between sessions.

Attend the Sessions That Interest You

  • Plan ahead. With so many interesting presentations, it may be overwhelming to decide where to start each morning. Study the program ahead of time and select your sessions in advance.
  • Simultaneous sessions. If you select presentations at simultaneous sessions (e.g., the first half of one session and the second half of another), choose a seat in the back of the room so you can exit discreetly.
  • Presenting a poster? Make sure to stand by your poster at your scheduled time and be prepared to engage with people passing by.

Late-breaking science is not ready to be shared. Please refrain from photography or recordings during the sessions.

Respect The Science

Pro Tip – “Don’t forget to bring business cards with you each day; there are many opportunities to exchange with other professionals.”

Connect at ENDO

  • Dress the part. Attire at the meeting is business casual. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended, because you will be doing a lot of walking and standing. Wear your badge to all meeting events, including receptions and banquets. Be sure to check the weather each day and be prepared for the climate both outdoors and in meeting rooms.
  • Pick up your welcome kit from the Endocrine Society booth, #3227, and learn more about the Society.
  • Join us at the Wake-Up Welcome Social on Saturday, March 17th from 7:15 AM – 8:00 AM in the foyer next to Registration.
  • Visit the Expo. There are over 120 companies exhibiting this year, catering to every aspect of endocrinology from bench to bedside.
  • Explore Chicago. America’s Windy City boasts many exciting tourist attractions, not to mention the Chicago River will be dyed green between Columbus and Wacker drives on Saturday, March 17, in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.
  • Join the #IAmEndocrinology campaign. Post a photo of yourself with the hashtag #IAmEndocrinology and share your first-timer story with the community.

Pro Tip – “Asking a question is a great way to spark conversation with a presenter or poster buddy.”