If you’re wondering what a “hybrid event format” is, here is a description of how the USASP conference format is designed to provide options to best suit your needs.

“Hybrid” in this context means that you may CHOOSE to participate in this conference in one of the ways listed below when you register for the conference.  The cost to register will depend on which option you choose.


  • The cost for attending the in-person conference includes ALL conference activities, as well as meals and functions (breakfast, lunch, breaks, and receptions).
  • The in-person conference will be held on the campus of University of Cincinnati and offers opportunities to network face-to-face with colleagues.
  • During the event, we will require proof of COVID vaccination, ask that attendees wear masks while indoors and encourage social distancing.
  • In-person attendees will use the conference platform app for information about the conference schedule, networking with both in-person and virtual attendees, and participating in online discussion forums.

What’s included in the “in-person” format:

  • ALL conference activities, including online discussion forums using the conference platform app


The cost of attending the “virtual only” portion of the conference is lower due to the online format (no need to cover meals, meeting room rental, etc).  NOT ALL sessions and conference activities will be available in the virtual format due to the challenges of supporting virtual access to some of our meetings..

What’s included in “Virtual Only” format:

  • 3 Keynote presentations (including participation in Q&A using the conference platform app)
  • 20 Symposia presentations (including participation in Q&A using the conference platform app)

What’s NOT included in the “Virtual Only” format:

  • Special Interest Group Meetings
  • Career Development Workshops
  • Meals and receptions
  • Poster Presentations will not be available in this format 

Technical Requirements for a Smooth Virtual Conference Experience 

We will be using WebEx Events, formally known as Socio, as the conference event platform, which may be either downloaded as an app and used on mobile devices OR you may link to a website version on your desktop.  

  • Recommended Browser: Chrome is recommended, although Socio will work on Safari, Edge, and Firefox as well.
  • Remote Attendee Internet: Minimum 5 Mbps upload and download; Recommended 10 Mbps upload and download.
  • Computer OS:  iOS, Windows, and Linux.
  • Mobile OS: Both iOS and Android are supported for the mobile application.