NETRF’s 2020 Virtual Research Symposium expanded Attendance and Participation

COVID forced NETRF’s annual Research Symposium to be held as a virtual meeting in November.  Despite this change, the Symposium reached more researchers than ever before and featured more than 70 presenters from 16 countries sharing their NET research. 

The Foundation’s 12th annual symposium gathered NET specialists from around the globe to share their data, exchange new scientific ideas, and forge collaborations among our most seasoned NET researchers and those researchers that are new to the field. Together, these activities drive NET research forward as effectively as possible. 

In this new virtual world, NETRF’s 2020 Symposium offered opportunities for networking and live discussion through the online meeting platform. A remarkable benefit of the online format was the significant increase in the numbers of researchers and attendees that were able to participate. In total, more than 320 registered to attend this year. This three-fold increase in participant numbers over previous symposia represented a significant expansion in the dissemination of cutting-edge NET research findings to the global NET community.

NETRF added a scientific poster session to the lineup of oral presentations for the first time this year. Each poster presents a researcher’s pictures, graphs and other data, and viewers were able to watch the investigators’ narration and ask questions. 

We wish to thank all of the presenters and participants, together with NETRF’s scientific advisors and invited NET experts, for making this unprecedented online gathering of researchers a successful event. We are proud we were able to share the most recent advances in NET research to the global NET community and provide new opportunities to foster enthusiastic innovation and collaboration. 

In another “first” for NETRF, all of the 2020 Virtual Research Symposium’s research presentations, together with recordings of the Question/Answer and Panel Discussions are now accessible through the NETRF Website. We encourage you to visit and review some of this year’s best NET research.  WATCH NOW


John Kanki, Ph.D.
Director of Research