We seem to be at a key moment in history, with a coincidence of events: a global plague, an environmental disaster, and profound political and economic changes, shifting our priorities. But let’s leave aside the politics and focus on the science of particles. Particles, while mostly invisible and silent, have played a crucial part in creating our modern world and will potentially take on an even greater role in the future.

Particle characterization therefore also plays an  important role in this; whether it is quantifying the effect of particulate pollution, detecting viruses, or in the formulation and qualification of the pharmaceutical products including vaccines.

It is therefore apt that we now meet to forge the future. The FORGE virtual summit on 25 March will bring together pharmaceutical formulation scientists and researchers from across the globe who are looking for new ideas, new collaborators, and career-enhancing connections. And, best of all, it’s FREE to attend.

With three concurrent tracks and a range of posters, there’s a lot to discover at The FORGE. Here are my tips to help ensure that you get the most out of our upcoming virtual conference:

1. Register Early

Registration closes on 24 March, but don’t wait until the last minute to register – take a few minutes now to do it. This will give you early access to the event and allow you to start building your own program. It will also ensure that you get access to on-demand content after the event has concluded. Register NOW!

2. Plan Your Schedule

With dozens of talks and a wide range of posters, The FORGE packs a lot of content into a single day. The full schedule of plenary sessions, student-led talks and posters is available now. When you register, you will be able to browse full details of all the sessions, add relevant presentations to your personal agenda and explore the speaker bios. Explore the agenda.

3. Make Time

Investing time in ongoing learning and career development is more important now than ever. So, make sure you block time in your calendar so that you shut out the noise and take advantage of everything The FORGE has to offer. What’s more, all attendees can request a certificate of attendance which will count towards career development.

4. Use the networking tools

Interact with other attendees using the community board. You can introduce yourself, ask questions, and interact. You can search and follow posts, post in existing topics or add a new topic.

The FORGE runs on the award-winning Whova app, which you can access on your desktop computer or via the dedicated mobile app. When you download the app on a mobile device, you can also explore the attendee list and connect with other attendees.

The FORGE is taking place on 25 March. It’s a unique opportunity to attend this inaugural event from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Register today to secure your seat.