Frequently Asked Questions


  • Question:  What time does the conference begin and end?  The conference begins with a Welcome Reception on Saturday evening at 6 pm.  Scientific presentations begin on Sunday, April 11th at 9:00 am and will end on Tuesday, April 13th at approximately 2:00 pm.  You can find a complete conference schedule here.
  • Question: What meals are provided at the conference? All of our attendees who are booked at the Marriot Puerto Vallarta Resort will be on an all-inclusive plan.  All food and beverage will be included.  Some meal events will be held as a group and for others you may be on your own to enjoy the restaurant of your choosing.  If you are not staying at this hotel, attendees will be required to pay a daily fee to the hotel in order to take part in our events (Welcome Reception and Closing Event) as well as breakfasts, lunches and breaks.
  • Question:  Do I have to be a member of VCS to submit an abstract for this conference?  No.
  • Question:  I have been selected to present my abstract orally.  How do I submit my presentation?  Presenters are asked to submit their abstract prior to the conference via a link that will be sent to them.  We also suggest that you bring your presentation on a flash drive.  We will have a PC being used so prepare your presentation on a PC.  If you must use a MAC, you must bring your own computer and converter as well.
  • Question:  Will there be posters?  No.
  • Question:  Will there be a technician-specific program?  No.  Technicians who wish to attend will participate in the general sessions along with all others.


  • Question: I want to register as a VCS member but haven’t paid my dues yet. What should I do?  If you are a VCS member who has not renewed your dues for 2021, we recommend that you do so prior to  registering for the conference so that you can take advantage of the member rates.  Registration opens on November 15, 2020.
  • Question:   I plan to register on site.  What will that cost?  There will be a late fee of $100 charged in addition to the regular registration fee when registering onsite.  See the registration page for more information on rates.
  • Question:  Is there a single day fee for this conference  No.
  • Question:  Will you be live streaming the conference?  No, but we will record the keynote and state of the art presentations and they will be available for viewing (for a fee) at a later time.



  • Question: When can I make my reservation at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort?  Please see information on the accommodations page.
  • Question:  What is the website address to the conference headquarters hotel?  You can find the website here.
  • Question: When is the last day that I can make a hotel reservation?   The block closes on March 9th.

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