The First Canadian National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference Organizing
Committee is happy to offer another possibility for participation by
post-secondary institutions from across Canada, as well as the United
While we would prefer that students and schools pool their resources
to send a representative to the conference, we acknowledge that this
is not always feasible financially or due to schedule constraints. Therefore,
we are offering a limited number of 'distance participation' webcast
connections to the conference proceedings. However, to maintain the
integrity of the conference, schools interested in participating via
'distance participation' must meet the following criteria:
- Schools must demonstrate student
interest, by having a minimum of 10 students register using the online
registration form, including the required essay question response.
Students registering for distance participation should state so after
the name of their institution. e.g. - St. Francis Xavier University
- In addition to having the above number
of students register online, the students or school must then forward
the registration fees* for these students payable to the St. F.X.U.
BioethiX Society. Upon receiving the appropriate registration fee
amount, whether in lump sum or separate cheques, the corresponding
post-secondary institution will be awarded a 'distance participation'
Once a post-secondary institution is
awarded a 'distance participation' webcast, a student from the host
university will be appointed as a 'representative' on their behalf.
For more on the role and function of a 'representative', please click
here. Students participating via 'distance
participation' webcast will then be able to submit questions during
keynote addresses to be asked on their behalf by their appointed 'representative'
during subsequent question periods.
Again, we emphasize that physically
sending a representative to the conference is preferred, but we are
pleased to offer this service to those schools for which it is not possible.
There are also a limited number of 'distance participation' webcast
connections for professionals, who must also follow the above criteria,
but they would register 5 professionals
instead of 10.
*For schools West of the Eastern Standard
Timezone, please note: as the morning keynote addresses would take place
at 7am or earlier, it is not likely that students will be able to participate
at such an early time. Therefore, we offer a third possibility, which
is to follow the steps for 'distance participation' qualification above,
but registration fees will be half the normal cost as your school will
only actively participate in half of the conference's keynote addresses.
A student from the host university will still be appointed on your behalf,
and you will essentially have the option of watching the conference
in reverse - participating in the afternoon sessions in the morning
(in your timezone), and then watching a prerecorded version of the morning
sessions. If your school is interested in this option, please have your
students include '1/2' before (Distance Participation) in their online
registrations. e.g. - St. Francis Xavier University (1/2 Distance Participation)
If students or professionals have questions
about 'distance participation', please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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