Here you can find the answers to frequently asked questions about the IAFC2022. If you have any other questions or need assistance, please contact us through GatherTown or via email.

Please note that often times connection issues or lag can be solved by simply re-loading the page or closing the window and re-entering the platform entirely.

Recordings of all the talks as well as the poster presented at IAFC2022 can be found in the AFN members-only section of this homepage. The password to this part of the homepage was sent out via email on Friday, 16th September 2022.

AFN membership is free of charge! Anyone interested can become an AFN member either by using the contact form or sending an email to AFN members benefit from weekly update emails as well as participation in events like the IAFC2022 or the AFN webinar series.

General questions about the IAFC2022

Questions on GatherTown

Questions on Big Blue Button

What programs/tools are used for this online conference?

The conference platform itself is called GatherTown. This online tool is where we meet. Think of it as the actual conference premises: everyone of us has a little character and can walk around the premises and interact with other people.

The actual talks will take place within the conference tool Big Blue Button. If you have never used this tool before, here is a short introductory video on how to use it.

At this conference, there will be people’s choice awards, where everyone can vote for best poster and best talk. This voting will take place through a tool called Mentimeter. The link to the voting booth can be found within GatherTown (in the lobby / reception area).

Using the web browsers Chrome or Firefox will ensure a smooth experience for you!

Can I still register for the congress?

Unfortunately, registration has closed. However, all recordings from the congress will be made available in the members-only section of this website. All AFN members will be able to access the recordings, once they are uploaded to the homepage.

How can I access the conference platform?

You can access the conference platfrom through the link provided by us via mail. Clicking on the link will take you to GatherTown set-up. Please register with the email adress you used when registering for the conference.

You can then style your character and enter GatherTown. Upon first entering the platform, GatherTown will display a little tutorial where you learn how to move around and interact with your environment. After finishing the tutorial you enter the actual conference platform via a portal. Be sure to have your microphone and/or video camera connection set up, and get ready to explore and interact!

If you want to prepare for the conference, you can check out our GatherTown testing platform via the link and the password that was sent to you by mail on Sept. 9th.

If you have trouble accessing the platform, check out other parts of this FAQ, as well as the GatherTown help section or contact us via

How can I locate someone in GatherTown?

If you are looking for someone specific within GatherTown, open the participants list (bottom right corner of your screen in GatherTown), and either use the search bar within it or scroll through the list of names. Once you have found the user, click on the name and choose the option “locate on map”. A black line will appear in GatherTown leading from your character to the other person’s character. Just follow the black line by moving your character along with the arrow keys.

If you cannot find the person in the list of participants, they are either currently not online in GatherTown or they are using a different name.

A more detailed tutorial on how to locate someone in GatherTown can be found here.

I want to talk to someone in GatherTown, but sound and video keeps cutting out when we move our characters. What can we do?

In GatherTown, similiar to real life, you can only hear and see people that are in close proximity to your character. If you want to keep talking to someone while also exploring the platform, you can right-click on the other person’s character and chose the option “Follow”. This way, your character will automatically (without you having to use the arrow keys to move) follow the other person’s character whereever it goes and you will be able to converse easily, even when changing rooms.

To break apart this ‘alliance’, simple use the arrow keys again to move your character.

More details on how to follow someone, and similar interatction (“Request to Lead”, etc.) can be found here.

Where can I vote for the best poster/best talk award?

The voting booth in GatherTown can be found in the Lobby/Reception Area. It looks something like the image below. Use the arrow keys to walk up to the urn and press ‘x’ on your keyboard to open the voting tool. Use the mouse to vote, and close the voting tool by pressing ‘x’ again.

My microphone and/or my camera are not working in Big Blue Button – what can I do?

If you are having trouble with your microphone and/or your camera in Big Blue Button, please check first if:

  • you are muted or your camera is turned off. On the bottom of your screen there should be three symbols: a microphone, a speaker, and a camera. If the microphone and camera symbol are white and crossed out, this means they are turned off. You can turn on your microphone and your camera by clicking on the respective symbol.
  • you are connected in listen mode only. If you are connected in listen mode only, you only have two symbols at the bottom of your screen: a blue symbol with white headphones and a crossed out camera symbol. Click on the blue headphones to leave the audio for a second, then click again to re-join the meeting and choose ‘with microphone’ as an option.
  • you have given Big Blue Button permission to use your microphone and/or camera. You can check this by clicking at the symbol right next to your browser’s adress line (at the top of your screen; the adress line usually starts with ‘https://’). Make sure you granted access either entirely or temporarly and then leave and re-join the audio as decribed in the second point above.

A video on how to use Big Blue Button can be found here.

What process was used to select abstracts for talk or poster presentations?

Abstract submission was open until July 13th, 2022. After this deadline the organizing committee blinded the received abstracts (removed all identifying information) and forwarded it to the scientific committee who reviewed and rated them according to previously agreed upon criteria. Based on this evaluation, abstract submitters were then invited to give a 10 minute talk or a poster presentation at the conference.

I’m stuck in GatherTown and can’t move – help!

If your character is stuck between other characters in GatherTown and can’t move, simply press the arrow key as if attempting to walk through one of the other characters and then simultaneously press and hold ‘g’ on your keyboard. This should enable you to move through other characters.