Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is the status of WSDS 2020?
After careful consideration of the evolving concerns about COVID-19 regarding travel and large group gatherings, the ASA has determined the best and most responsible decision is to hold the upcoming WSDS 2020 as a virtual conference.
What dates and times will WSDS 2020 take place?
With the move to a virtual conference, we have adjusted the program dates to September 30–October 2. Adjusted session dates and times can be found in the online program. All session times are indicated (provided) in the Eastern time zone.
Should I cancel my travel arrangements?
If you have already made your travel arrangements for Pittsburgh, please contact your travel provider to investigate the cancellation options you have available at this time.
Who can participate in the WSDS 2020 virtual event?
All paid registrants. You may register for the event through Friday, October 2.
Is registration open for the WSDS 2020 virtual event?
Registration is open now and will remain so through Friday, October 2.
Is registration open for short courses?
Registration for the short courses is open now.
Will there still be exhibitors?
Yes, there will be a virtual exhibit hall as part of the virtual conference. View the list of current exhibitors.
How do I access the virtual event?
Details for accessing the virtual WSDS 2020 conference will be made available to all registrants as the conference approaches.

Program Information

What portion of the WSDS program will be available virtually?
The virtual conference will include short courses, general sessions, concurrent invited and contributed sessions, and e-poster sessions. There will also be a virtual exhibit hall.
Short Courses – Register now!
The WSDS Short Courses will be presented virtually on the afternoon of September 30. You are still able to register for these both online and via PDF registration form.
E-Poster Presentations
E-Poster presentations are being presented virtually with designated Q&A times on the program.

Session Chair Information

What are my roles and responsibilities during my session?
During your session, we need you to fulfill the same role as you would have during the face-to-face conference. This consists of the following:
  • Log on 5 minutes before your session starts to ensure connectivity, adjust volume, ask questions, etc. This is important and will help you! There will be a technical support person assigned to your session.
  • Introduce each speaker with name, affiliation, and talk title.
  • Keep the session running on time. Please refer to the online program for speaker start times (generally 15 or 30 minutes each). If a presenter ends early or does not attend, use that time for discussion with the audience and speakers. (Do not start the next talk early, per ASA policy).

Sponsor/Exhibitor Information

I’m a sponsor/exhibitor of WSDS 2020. Will my company be refunded?
All sponsors and exhibitors are being contacted individually to review options for the 2020 conference. We are working to create opportunities that will deliver value during the virtual event and possibly beyond. If you have not been contacted, please email for more information.


Key Dates

  • February 13, 2020 – May 21, 2020
    Concurrent, Panel, and Speed Submission
  • July 1, 2020
    Early Registration Opens
  • July 24, 2020
    Speaker Registration Deadline
  • August 20, 2020
    Early Registration Deadline
  • August 21, 2020
    Regular Registration (increased fees apply)
  • September 30, 2020 – October 2, 2020
    Virtual WSDS2020