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Important information for Presenters

Congratulations to all authors whose abstracts were accepted for presentation at the 2022 conference in San Diego. Below are deadlines for important next steps.

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  1. Click on the title of your submission on your CATALYST Dashboard.
    • Download and return the Speaker/Presenter Agreement by October 15
    • All presenters must download and return the speaker/presenter agreement from CATALYST.  This confirms your intention to participate in the 2022 Conference and grants USSD permission to publish and distribute your paper and/or presentation.
  2. Indicate whether you will submit a paper or expanded abstract.
  3. Upload your Draft Paper or expanded abstract by October 27.
    • Formatting instructions and templates are posted in CATALYST.  You MUST use the template provided.
  4. Change any of your existing information, including paper title, abstract, authors and co-authors.
  5. Click “Submit,” when you are finished.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego! Please contact Laura Wright ( if you have any questions.

Task Deadline
Draft paper or expanded abstract due 10/27/21
Review draft round opens 11/15/21
Review draft round closes 1/12/22
Final paper round opens 1/15/22
Final paper round closes 3/6/22

Before the Conference

  • Confirm your participation
  • Upload professional headshot
  • Add professional biography
  • Upload presentation materials
  • Your company logo may only be on the first and last slide of your audio/visual presentation. 
  • Sign electronic Speaker Agreement form or Complete the Speaker Agreement Form (PDF) by the deadline indicated on your acceptance notification.
  • Register for the conference. There is a discounted conference fee for those presenting at the conference. Register by early bird deadline for best pricing.
  • Please bring a copy of your presentation along with you to the conference as a backup on a USB drive.

Checking-in at the Conference

When you arrive at the conference site, please go directly to the Registration Desk. The knowledgeable staff can provide you with the following services

  • Check-In (Mandatory for all presenters)
  • On-Site registration
  • Speaker ribbons
  • Directions to Presenter Ready Room (if applicable)

During the session

  • After the moderator introduces you, position yourself at the podium and begin your presentation.
  • In accordance with USSD policy, please refrain from overt to extensive commercialism during your presentation.
  • Presenters should conduct themselves in a professional manner when referring to other persons, companies, or organizations in any part of their presentations.
  • Please define meanings of acronyms in your oral presentation as well as your visuals for the benefit of all attendees.
  • Each presentation is 15-20 minutes in length, and you will be notified as to the length of your specific presentation.
  • The moderator will indicate to you how much time you have left with 5-minute and 2-minute warning cards. They will then indicate your time is up with a red card.
  • Please adhere to the time limit assigned to your presentation to keep sessions on track.