How To - Big Marker

Here you can find some basic instructions in order to access and navigate our conference platform Big Marker, as well as how to use the chat platform during the webinar:


When following the link you got from the Big Marker invitation email, you will land on our Big Marker page. Simply register with the email and name you used for registering on our homepage. Once registered, you will see all the webinars listed chronologically. Simply click on the webinar you would like to attend. 


Once you clicked on the webinar, you will be redirected to the waiting room. Here you have the chance to read a small bio of the speaker and a summary of their current research. The webinar will be closed until the talk is officially started by the speaker her/himself. Once the webinar room is open, simply click on “Enter the webinar”.

The webinar window is split into 2 parts. On the right hand side you will see the moderator, speaker and the presentation of their talk. 

On the right hand side, you can find the interactive panel, with 3 available tabs:

  • Chat
  • Q & A
  • Polls

In the Chat panel, you can post any comments if you wish to interact with other participants present in the webinar room. The chat is public and therefore everyone can see what you publish. Please be respectful in your comments. 


On the lower bar, you can add your comment to the Q & A tab with Add to Q & A. You can Raise Your Hand with the little Hand icon. If the speaker or moderator asks a question, you can make yourself be noticed. 


With the @ you can tag other participants in the chat if you wish to reply to a comment made by them.

In the Q & A tab, you can ask questions concerning the speaker's talk. 


You can upvote a good question by clicking the Thumbs Up button. At the end of their talks, speakers can see the most upvoted questions and favor these to be answered.

Speakers can post polls, which will pop up on your screen. In the Polls tab, you can see the results of the poll. 

How To - Gather

Welcome to the HorizonsMolBio2021 Space!


We are using Gather Town for our poster sessions and as our hangout space for social events. It is a very intuitive platform, making social interactions in a virtual setting easier and less forced. 


Once you sign up, you can enter the space with the link sent to all registered participants.


Please choose your avatar and accessories, give yourselves a name (always a good idea to include your preferred pronouns too). Navigating through the space is quite easy; you will be able to:


  • walk around with your avatar using the the arrow keys;
  • talk with other participants just by approaching them and using camera/microphone;
  • chat with participants near your surrounding (local chat) or to everyone (global chat);
  • interact with objects/posters by pressing X when close to them;
  • use the lounge spaces for private conversations with participants or speakers.

On entering the space, you find yourself in the foyer. Move towards the ‘Enter Horizons’ sign to enter the main hall.

On entering the main hall, you will find two help desks, one to help you navigate through Gather Town and the other one with the conference schedule and speakers. 

If you go straight ahead, you will come across the poster session rooms and the room for the conference talks.

Use the arrow keys to enter through the door to your room of choice. In the ‘Talks’ room, you will find the links to our BigMarker landing page. BigMarker is the platform we are using to stream all talks. 

To enter the poster sessions, please just walk through the doors. There are three poster session rooms- I, II, and III. Each room would have an info desk helping you to navigate to the poster of your choice. Information on voting for your favourite poster would also be provided. 

The Gather Town space is mainly there to help us all interact with each other, talk about grad school struggles and have fun. We also have lounges where you can take a break from the talks, relax, and make new friends.