The Essentials

Before You Arrive

To help you make the most of your time in San Francisco, we’ll review the essentials of attending the Symposium below. Looking for a quick reference? Check out the “The Checklist” where we’ve outlined key dates to help you stay on track in the months leading up the Symposium. 

Register, Book Your Hotel, and Plan Your Travel

Registration and hotel reservations are now open. Make sure to book a room as soon as possible, they get booked quickly. 

When booking your plane travel, remember that the Symposium begins on Thursday, January 25 in the morning. Leave yourself some time on Thursday morning to pick up your badge and/or materials.

Who’s Attending?

Looking for colleagues or someone you went to Med School with? Use the Find a Colleague directory, available through the Attendee Resource Center beginning in late December, to search by cosponsor, name, institution, location, or specialty and see if they’re also registered. If they are, send them a direct message and make plans to catch up.

Tell Everyone You’re Coming

Use social media to tell everyone you’re attending the Symposium. Get your patients, hospitals, or practices excited that you’ll be bringing back groundbreaking research. Remember to use the official hashtag: #ImmunoOnc18.

San Francisco is a Destination

While you’ll spend the majority of your time attending sessions, familiarize yourself with what San Francisco has to offer in order to explore the city at night. Check out Plan Your Trip for a sampling of how to spend your downtime as well as local cuisine that can’t be missed.

Review the Exhibitor List

Look at the Exhibitor List and decide which companies you want to visit. Exhibits are open Thursday and Friday. Narrow down which pharmaceutical company, scientific publisher, advocacy group, or technology-based organization’s table you plan to stop by and don’t forget to check out the Symposium cosponsors’ tables to take advantage of special promotions.

Pack Smart

Attendees generally adhere to a business dress code. With a large number of attendees at the Symposium, we have a wide variety of temperature preferences to accommodate, so please remember to dress in layers. Stay comfortable by bringing an extra layer in case the air conditioning is a little colder than you would prefer.

Remember to also pack your laptop, tablet, smartphone, and chargers. A notebook, pens, and business cards are helpful as well. Stay hydrated by bringing a water bottle to refill at one of the water stations throughout the Symposium. If you registered in advance, remember to bring your badge.

Prepare Your Devices

Download the iPlanner mobile app by searching for “ASCO Symposia iPlanner” in the Apple or Android store, and opening the ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium event. This app is a great way to navigate the meeting. While you’re at it, install other important apps: OpenTable for making dinner reservations, Twitter to stay connected to Symposium news, and ASCO iMeeting to download and listen to Meeting Videos and Slides presentations offline.

Download Meeting Materials Before You Arrive

The Attendee Resource Center provides a single point of access to all planning tools and published materials.

During the Meeting

Pick Up Your Badge

After arriving at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, the first thing you should do is get your badge, if it hasn’t already been sent to you in the mail. You can pick up your badge starting on Wednesday, January 24, at 3:00 PM. Remember other attendees also have to pick up their badge and materials. Leave yourself plenty of time to get your badge and/or materials so you don’t miss any sessions.

Take Advantage of Networking Opportunities

There are a myriad of ways to make connections at the Symposium. Sit down with a colleague and catch up in the Posters, Exhibits, and Food Service room. Attend a Networking Reception to view posters, chat with poster presenters, and network with colleagues. Or attend a Poster Walk for an interactive, in-depth look at some of the novel, scientifically intriguing, or otherwise interesting abstracts. The Networking Receptions and Poster Walks are not ticketed and seats do not need to be reserved in advance.

Pick up the Daily News

The Daily News is the official news source for the Symposium, providing expert perspectives on controversial topics and session highlights. It is published on Friday and Saturday. Pick up a copy outside of the Posters, Exhibit, and Food Service room.

Explore Career Opportunities

Thinking about taking the next step in your career? Stop by the Career Opportunities Board in the Posters, Exhibits, and Food Service room to review open positions. Have a position to post? Stop by the Registration and Customer Service Desk to chat with Symposium staff.

Stop by the Exhibits

More than 25 companies will be exhibiting at the Symposium. Take some time to explore the exhibits in the in the Posters, Exhibits, and Food Service Room. Be sure to stop by the Symposium Cosponsors’ tables to take advantage of special promotions.

Stay Connected

Need to charge your device onsite? Power strips are available on select tables in the General Session room.

Stay Hydrated and Satiated

Staying hydrated is one of the keys to keeping up the momentum. Thirsty? There are water stations at the back of the General Session room and in the Posters, Exhibits, and Food Service room. Hungry? Pick up breakfast and lunch each day in the Posters, Exhibits, and Food Service room.

San Francisco is home to world-class restaurants and dining. Check out recommendations from fellow attendees in the Clinical Immuno-Oncology Daily News, and make a reservation on OpenTable.

Get Help With Any and All Questions

Stop by the Registration and Customer Service Desk for help with any and all questions. The Symposium staff are here for you – don’t hesitate to ask for help!

After the Meeting

Keep Up the Momentum

Once the Symposium is over, it’s time to bring what you’ve learned back to your patients. Didn’t see everything on your list? Included in your registration fee is access to Videos, Slides, and the Attendee Resource Center, which includes electronic copies of all meeting materials.

Claim CE and MOC Credits

You can claim CE and MOC credit and rate sessions directly from the iPlanner mobile app. Select the session that you are in or a session that you have attended, and choose the "Rate Session" or "Claim CE" buttons.

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