Information for Virtual Participants

Time Zone Information  

As we have participants from all around the globe, we have designed a program with activities around the clock. Various time slots for program meetings and events have been set up to accommodate everyone's schedules. If you want to meet outside of these group times, here is a convenient time-zone converter to help you set up one-on-one meetings if necessary. 

 There are 4 main group times: 

Time zone "Everyone" (UTC = 13:00-15:00)

  • 6am-8am Pacific Standard Time
  • 7am-9am Mountain Standard Time
  • 9am-11am Eastern Standard Time
  • 2pm-4pm British Standard Time
  • 3pm-5pm Central European Standard Time
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm Indian Standard Time
  • 10pm-12pm Japan Standard Time
  • 11pm-1am Australian Eastern Standard Time

Time zone "US/Europe/India" (UTC = 15:30-17:30):

  • 8:30am-10:30am Pacific Standard Time
  • 9:30am-11:30am Mountain Standard Time
  • 11:30am-1:30pm Eastern Standard Time
  • 4:30pm-6:30pm British Standard Time
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm Central European Standard Time
  • 9pm-11pm Indian Standard Time 

Time zone "Europe/Asia/Australia" (UTC = 9:00-11:00):

  • 10am-12pm: British Standard Time
  • 11am-1pm Central European Standard Time
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm Indian Standard Time
  • 6pm-8pm Japan Standard Time
  • 7pm-9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time

Time zone "Asia/Australia/US" (UTC = 01:00-03:00)

  • 6:30am-8:30am Indian Standard Time
  • 10am-12pm Japan Standard Time
  • 11am-1pm Australian Eastern Standard Time
  • 6pm-8pm Pacific Standard Time
  • 7pm-9pm Mountain Standard Time
  • 9pm-11pm Eastern Standard Time

We have set up a group meeting room in the social interaction site The site address and password has been communicated to all long-term participants by email. 

Here is a PDF providing a short tutorial on the use of 

It is our hope that people will use this platform as an "office space", to get together for Journal Club discussions, "coffee / tea time",  office hours, hanging out, randomly bumping into people, etc.  There are also posters to present your work if you wish to do so. 

The areas with a purple floor are "private" areas, for smaller discussions. These include 2 large coffee room areas, and every office. Everywhere else in the building or outside the building (feel free to go for a trip on the beach) the discussions can be joined and heard by anyone nearby. 

Finally, please remember to close your web tab / leave when you are done. This will allow other people to join (there is a limit of 25 attendees at any time on the site). 


Zoom Etiquette

Please make sure you join the zoom call with your full name visible to all other participants. Aliases will not be allowed. 

During the conference lectures: 

  • Please mute yourselves during the lectures. If you have questions for the lecturer, please ask them in the Chat; these will be read out at the end of the lecture.
  • Please reserve the chat for lecture questions; if you need to message someone in the zoom call, please do so using the private messaging option
  • After the chat questions are read, we will open the zoom call for general questions. Please raise your hands, and wait for the moderator to call you before you un-mute yourself.

During the group meetings / journal clubs

  • Please mute yourselves when you are not talking.
  • If you want to ask a question / make a comment, please raise your hands, and wait for the moderator to call you before you un-mute yourself.