Next SOFTopics TBD!
For information, questions or feedback regarding SOFTopics, please contact Dani Mata, Vanessa Meneses, or Alanna de Korompay.


  • What is SOFTopics? SOFTopics is an open forum style discussion, where a topic is specified as the focus for a given session. Attendees will be split into smaller breakout sessions to allow for a more intimate discussion. At the end of the breakout session, everyone will rotate onto a new group for further discussions. Attendees are encouraged to pose questions or discuss observations and trends they have encountered. SOFTopics is an interactive experience, so we ask all attendees to use the video and microphone functions whenever possible. We want to see all of your faces!
  • Will there be a panel discussion? No, SOFTopics is an interactive platform. All attendees are encouraged to participate in discussion, ask questions, and engage in conversation as you would at an in-person program!
  • How can I participate? You must pre-register through Zoom. Click on the link provided for the opportunity and fill out the registration form. Use an email address that is already associated with a Zoom account, if you have one. You will also need to have your SOFT membership number, which can be found in your SOFT account. Please register as soon as possible to allow the registration to be completed and received prior to the start of the session.
  • What are breakout sessions? Breakout sessions are small chat rooms where the topic of the day can be discussed in a smaller group to allow more opportunity for everyone to participate. Each group will have a moderator who will lead the discussion. Breakout sessions will be timed, and at the end of the period, attendees will switch rooms to interact with a new group of people.
  • How long are breakout sessions? Breakout sessions will be about 20 minutes but may change based on the number of attendees.
  • How can I prepare for SOFTopics? Check out the planned topic for the next scheduled SOFTopics. Come with any questions you may have for the group – maybe method development, interpretation, or what people are generally seeing. If you have any interesting case studies, or general information you’d like to share, please do! The more participation, the better the discussion will be!
  • I don’t have access to a camera and microphone, can I still participate? ABSOLUTELY! Use your full name and laboratory, school or organization, in the Zoom application so everyone will know who you are, even if you don’t have a camera available. Each breakout session will also have a running chat box that can be used if you cannot use a microphone in your work space. Submit any questions or comments, and the moderator can speak on your behalf. However, we strongly suggest you call in using the audio code. It is more important to utilize a microphone/phone than video, if you have to choose one or the other.
  • Will there be future SOFTopics? YES! If you are interested in participating in future discussions, please let the event coordinators know. We are also open to suggestions for new topics and even people interested in moderating! Check the webpage periodically for updates on future meeting dates and topics.