If you have any questions regarding the conference and can’t find them here in the FAQs, please contact (English or German): 

For questions regarding the payment of fees, please contact Ms. Birkner GDCh (c.birkner@gdch.de).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: To whom should I send my enrolment certificate as proof that I am a student?

A: You can send your enrolment certificate by email to Ms Birkner (c.birkner@gdch.de).

Q: I cannot reset my password for logging into OxfordAbstracts. I get a message that I should receive an email but it does not reach me.

A: It may be that the email is automatically recognised as spam and automatically filtered by your institution. Some institutions use PureMessage (Sophos) as a spam filter for their staff’s emails and the email may be automatically filtered. If you still cannot find the email, please contact Oxfordabstracts support (support@oxfordabstracts.com).

Q: When will I be informed about the acceptance or rejection of my abstract for a talk?

The notifications were already sent to all participants on Monday, 17 August. If you did not receive an email, please check your spam. The accepted talks can be viewed on the speaker page. If you have chosen „Either“ as your presentation type and have been selected for a poster rather than a talk, you will not receive a rejection email. In this case you will only be informed about the acceptance for a poster.

Q: In previous iterations of STC, applications that were not selected for a talk could be switched to a poster. Is this still possible?

A: Yes! To change your presentation type from „oral“ to „poster“ see the question below.

Q: If my talk is rejected, how can I switch to a poster?

  1. Login into your OxfordAbstracts account.
  2. Click on the pencil icon to edit your submission.
  3. At the bottom of the page you can change the presentation type to Poster.
  4. Save your changes.

Q: I submitted an abstract for an oral presentation at the STC. Unfortunately, this was not accepted, which is why I subsequently changed the submission to „poster“ at Oxfordabstracts, as requested. The „Outcome Notification“ was supposed to go out on 22 August, but I haven’t heard anything yet and Oxfordabstracts still has a question mark in the „Accepted“ field.

A: This question mark next to the „Accepted“ field should indicate that the abstract has the status „Accepted: Poster“. We did not send an additional email for the acceptance of posters after changing from „Oral“ to „Poster“, as all posters will be admitted to the conference. However, it may take a few days that your acceptance status changes from „Rejected“ to „Accepted“ on OxfordAbstract, as this has to be changed manually by us.


Q: How much time do I have for my talk?

A: The contributed talks are scheduled for a time of 15 minutes + 5 min for questions. For the invited talks it is 35 min + 5 min for questions.

Q: Through which platform do the talks take place? Which software do I need?

A: We will use Zoom-Webinar to broadcast the sessions. For this, we recommend installing the latest version of Zoom.

Q: Do I need to do anything special just before my talk?

All session speakers should join the webinar at Zoom 30 minutes prior to the session. Then we can test together if everything works and include you in the panel. This way we can ensure a smooth transition between presentations.

Q: Do I have a chance to test everything with you beforehand?

Yes! In the week before the conference we offer all speakers the possibility that we can test everything once together. There will be more detailed information about this.

Poster session

Q: How does the poster session take place?

The posters will be made available as pdf files throughout the conference via OxfordAbstracts. There, the posters can be viewed by all participants and it is possible to zoom in on the posters.

During the poster session on Monday and Tuesday it will be possible to view the posters on poster walls in Gather.town. There you can stand next to your poster and discuss your poster with the other participants, just like at an offline conference. In addition, it is also possible to share your screen if you want to show additional content.

Q: Are there any specific requirements, such as format, size or file format for the posters?

A: The requirements are:

File formatonly PDF files
File sizemax. 10 MB
Poster formatThe size and orientation of the poster can be chosen freely. However, it should be borne in mind that most viewers will sit in front of a normal-sized screen in landscape mode.

Q: How do I upload my poster?

  1. Login into your OxfordAbstracts account.
  2. Click on the pencil icon to edit your submission.
  3. At the bottom of the page you can upload your poster.
  4. Save your changes.

Q: Can I already start working on my poster or can it be that my poster will be rejected?

A: All posters are accepted as long as they do not contain discriminatory content of any kind.