Annual Meeting FAQs

Health and Safety

Per California regulations, individuals participating in events in person at the San Diego Convention Center as part of the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo are required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Individuals who do not provide proof of vaccination will not be allowed to attend meeting activities in person.

No, SOT is accepting only proof of vaccination for in-person attendance. Unvaccinated individuals may participate in the meeting’s Scientific Sessions remotely through the 2022 enhanced meeting experience.

Software will be used to collect vaccination documentation. Details on this software and how to provide your documentation will be communicated soon. Your proof of vaccination will be confirmed on-site during badge pickup.

Masks will not be required unless required by local health authorities at the time of the meeting. In the case that masks are not required by local health authorities, mask wearing will be at the discretion of each attendee.

SOT is adhering to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines related to approved vaccines and the resultant fully vaccinated status. The definition of fully vaccinated as provided by these agencies at the time of the occurrence of the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo will be followed. As of December 13, 2021, the definition for fully vaccinated is for individuals to be two weeks post–second shot of two-dose vaccinations (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) or two weeks post–single shot of single-dose vaccinations (e.g., J&J/Janssen). Visit the WHO website for a complete list of vaccines deemed to have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy and that therefore qualify for the definition of fully vaccinated.

All individuals are asked to complete a self-health check before participating in the Annual Meeting and ToxExpo each day.

If you are experiencing any health concerns, please use the enhanced meeting experience—livestreamed sessions and on-demand recordings—to participate in your hotel room.

If needed, consult the list of California locations where you can obtain a free COVID-19 test. If you test positive, regardless of your vaccination status, please self-quarantine or seek medical attention.

Enhanced Meeting Experience

For the first time, SOT will be livestreaming and recording most of the Scientific Sessions, allowing registrants to view sessions remotely and on demand. As part of the livestreams, sessions that have designated question-and-answer periods as part of their agenda will accept questions from those in the room and from remote participants.

Yes, the enhanced meeting experience is accessible only to meeting registrants.

Livestreams and recorded videos will be viewable from all web-enabled devices. Details on how to access the livestreams and on-demand videos will be available soon.

SOT intends to livestream all Featured, Symposium, Workshop, Roundtable, Informational, Regional, Education-Career Development, and Platform Sessions. If logistics prevent the streaming of a session, this information will be clearly communicated through the SOT Event App, Online Planner, and other communications.

No, only Scientific Sessions will be livestreamed and recorded. Social events and the ToxExpo can be experienced only on-site in San Diego.

No, consistent with previous meetings, select CE courses will be recorded and accessible via the SOT CEd-Tox online continuing education program in May 2022.

No, in-person participation is required for this program.

No, Poster Sessions and author presentations will be available only to those attending the meeting on-site in San Diego.

If you are a poster presenter and unable to travel to San Diego due to travel restrictions or vaccination status, you should make every effort to find an alternative presenter for your poster.

All poster authors have the option to upload an electronic version of their poster, with or without narration, that can be accessed by on- and off-site registrants.

Per the policies for poster submission and acceptance, all poster presenters must register to attend the Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

Yes, Platform Sessions will be livestreamed, with live question-and-answer discussions, and will be available on demand after the session’s conclusion.


No, individuals planning on participating in the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo through the enhanced meeting experience should register for the meeting in the same way they would register to attend the meeting in person since the enhanced meeting experience is a standard part of this year’s meeting and available to all registrants.

No, all registrants will have access to livestreams and recorded sessions. As a reminder, only fully vaccinated attendees may participate in person.

No, badges will be distributed on-site at the San Diego Convention Center. Validation of vaccination will be completed before you are issued a badge, so please bring your proof of vaccination with you to the meeting. A badge is required to attend any Annual Meeting session or activity in person.

Please allow time before your first planned activity at the meeting to acquire your badge. Vaccination validation and badge retrieval will be available during on-site Registration hours.

Yes, you may add a CE course to your existing registration at any time. To add a CE course, visit the “My Events” area of your SOT account (log in with your SOT member credentials or those that you created to register for the meeting if you are a nonmember). Select Annual Meeting 2022 and then Add Tracks/Sessions to register for CE courses.

No, registration was not included in your abstract submission fee.

Per the policies for poster submission and acceptance, poster presenters for accepted abstracts must register separately to attend the Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

Yes, you must register to access ePosters or, if you are a presenter, to upload one. Upload instructions will be provided to presenting authors in February 2022.

Remember that ePosters are not meant to replace a physical poster; they simply can help expand the reach of your research.

Per the policies for poster submission and acceptance, poster presenters for accepted abstracts must register separately to attend the Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

General Information

No, all materials will be posted as digital files to the SOT Annual Meeting website before the meeting. For the most up-to-date information about the schedule, please refer to the Online Planner or SOT Event App (available by February 2022).

Yes, children who are fully vaccinated and under the control of their guardian are allowed in these spaces per the Annual Meeting policies. In addition, SOT is offering childcare services to facilitate participation in the meeting.

All posters are expected to be displayed during ToxExpo hours (9:00 am–4:30 pm) on the day of the author’s assigned Poster Session. Please attempt to arrange for someone to display your poster on your behalf—on-site poster printing provides an opportunity for your poster to be picked up in San Diego by a co-author for display. You are encouraged to include an email address or other contact information on your poster so attendees who view the poster on-site can contact you with questions or other information.

All poster presenters will have the opportunity to upload a digital version of their poster, with or without narration, for viewing. Information on how to upload an ePoster will be provided to all presenting authors in February 2022.