The ELSI Virtual Forum, June 15-16, 2020, #ELSIvirtual

ELSIcon 2020: 30 Years of the Genome: Integrating and Applying ELSI Research

Welcome to the ELSI Virtual Forum, on June 15-16, 2020.


Participation in the Forum is free, but registration is required at, please sign in or create an Ex Ordo account to register (Ex Ordo is the conference management platform for the ELSI Virtual Forum.)

For organizing purposes, we appreciate your registering by June 10, 2020. 

Please review the guidelines below before registering.

GUIDELINES - Commitment to Professionalism and Integrity

By registering for the ELSI Virtual Forum I agree to abide by the following statements.


The ELSI community of scholars has attempted to nurture an academic culture that embraces the importance of diversity, supports the mentorship of young scholars, cultivates the value of interdisciplinarity, exemplifies intellectual and ethical integrity, and respects differences of opinion and perspective. With that academic culture in mind, the organizers and hosts of the ELSI Virtual Forum are committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment that fosters open dialogue and the exchange of scientific ideas, promotes equal opportunities and treatment for all participants, and is free of harassment and discrimination. All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert organizers, staff or security of any dangerous situations or anyone in distress. Speakers are expected to uphold standards of scientific integrity and professional ethics. The ELSI Virtual Forum organizers recognize that there are areas of science that are controversial. The Forum can serve as an effective space to consider and debate science-relevant viewpoints in an orderly, respectful, and fair manner. These considerations apply to all attendees, speakers, and guests at The ELSI Virtual Forum. 

In the current virtual context, the Forum Organizers and Columbia University prohibit any form of harassment. Harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate or intimidating language, unwelcome jokes or comments, sustained disruption, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.

Harassment should be reported immediately to the ELSI Virtual Forum organizers or staff by email to  Sanctions may range from a verbal warning to removal from the virtual meeting, to notifying the appropriate authorities at Columbia University as well as the National Institutes of Health, as supporters of the ELSI Virtual Forum.


The ELSI Virtual Forum requires clear disclosures (including a statement on their slide or poster presentation) from all presenters regarding any financial holdings, funding sources, or affiliations that might raise questions of bias or be perceived to have potentially influenced presentation content. The ELSI Virtual Forum organizers expect that all speakers, organizers, and moderators are committed to full, forthright, and transparent disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest. The organizers have not prescribed an exhaustive list of potential conflicts; rather, we ask presenters to make a good faith effort to identify any issues that might reasonably be expected to raise conflict-of-interest questions.


The ELSI Virtual Forum aims to encourage presentation of the latest findings by protecting researchers sharing unpublished information and protecting patient privacy. By default, attendees are prohibited from taking photos, videos, or audio recordings of speakers presenting their slides or posters as per the guidelines below. Presenters are requested to announce at the beginning of their presentation whether or not photos, recording and/or sharing of their presentation on social media are permitted during or following their presentation.

Forum attendees and participants are encouraged to participate in social media activities about the conference by using the hashtag #ELSIvirtual. Discussion of general topics, speakers, and presentations is permitted as a way to briefly summarize or highlight material and the conference in general within the following guidelines:

Taking photos, videos or audiotapes of slides, posters, presenters, or questions and answers are not permitted without explicit permission by the presenter

  • Copyright and other intellectual property laws must be followed
  • Brief quotes from sessions may be shared unless the speaker explicitly asks that it not be shared
  • Social media posts cannot imply any kind of endorsement by the ELSI Congress