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Safety Acknowledgment, Requirements, and Mitigations

COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgment

We encourage attendees to wear masks while participating in-person.

As of February 28, 2022 proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test IS NO LONGER REQUIRED. The State of Illinois, Cook County, and the City of Evanston have lifted their indoor masking and vaccination mandates. Northwestern University has lifted its masking mandate.

The following COVID mitigation measures and requirements will be implemented during the conference. Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including the Omicron variant, and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for this event.

Individual Requirements

We encourage attendees to wear masks while participating in-person.

Community Behaviors

  • Do not attend if you are sick or have symptoms of respiratory illness. Symptoms that will prevent you from attending in-person are, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea. An updated list be found at

  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, particularly before and after eating, and after coming into contact with high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, handrails, and commonly used equipment.

  • Cough/sneeze into sleeves, preferably into the elbow. When using a tissue, discard it properly and clean/sanitize immediately.

  • Avoid touching your face — particularly your eyes, nose and mouth — with your hands to prevent infection.

Conference Mitigation Measures


To minimize contact during food services:

  • If enjoying a beverage, only remove masks to take a sip and replace mask immediately after sip.

  • Multiple rooms will be open for attendees to utilize to eat while socially distanced.

  • Lunches will be served as grab-and-go options.

Social Distancing

Multiple rooms will be open for attendees to utilize to eat while socially distanced. Poster sessions will have stations 6 feet apart.

Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer stations are set up throughout the venue. 


The conference venue will be cleaned overnight including frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Honor System

We rely on the “honor system” and expect attendees to self-monitor. However, if a conference organizer sees that an attendee is sick or has symptoms of a respiratory illness the attendee will be asked to leave the conference to be tested at the Jacobs Center. Symptoms include Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, and/or Diarrhea.


Testing is available for attendees, at no charge, during normal business hours at the Jacobs Center, 2001 Sheridan Road, in Evanston, using the south entrance adjacent to Deering Meadow. Jacobs Center is a five-minute walk from the conference venue. Rapid antigen testing is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. Visitors who are tested here will be able to show proof of a negative test result on their mobile phone within 20-30 minutes.

Additional Resources

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