EDUCON 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

What is new with EDUCON this year?
EDUCON 2021 is a hybrid event. Participants can choose whether to attend training courses in-person or online. The Working Group Summit is virtual only and individual working group meetings will be held before or after EDUCON. 

Can I earn any IEST Learning Path Certificates during the event? 
Depending on the courses for which you register, you can earn your Basics of Climatics Learning Path Certificate or your Cleanroom Fundamentals Certificate.

Will courses be recorded to access later? 
Yes. You will receive an email after the conference when they are available.

Is there an attendee code of conduct? 
Yes, we have a Code of Conduct for our meetings and specific information for virtual meetings. If you are a virtual participant, please read the IEST Virtual Meetings and Training Code of Conduct to ensure the best experience for all attendees. 

Is there a dress code? 
No, but please make sure what you wear is appropriate and comfortable for in-person and online learning and networking.

Can I follow the conference on social media?
Yes. The official event hashtag is #EDUCON21. Use it to follow what attendees are saying and share top takeaways with other professionals. Tag IEST using our respective handles: @IEST_standards for Twitter; @iest_standards for Instagram; and @InstituteofEnvironmentalScienceIEST for Facebook and LinkedIn.

Is the Working Group Summit in-person or virtual? 
Working Group meetings will occur virtually the week prior to or after EDUCON so attendees may fully participate in the training. Working Group chairs will send meeting information to Working Group members. You may also access the latest updates to the Working Group meeting schedules online. Questions or need more information? Please contact Jenn Sklena at technicaldept@iest.org.

Where can I find information on lodging?
Information on booking your hotel can be found here

What are the registration cancellation policies and can I change my virtual event registration to an in-person registration?
Visit the IEST EDUCON Registration Information page for cancellation policies, including details on transfers and refunds.

What are the on-site health and safety measures?
Visit the IEST COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols page to view this information.

What is the host hotel doing to support attendees’ safety and health? 
Review Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment policies.

For Virtual Participants

What is the time zone for the virtual meeting? 
All meeting times are listed in Central Time.

What virtual platform will EDUCON 2021 use and how do I receive the system requirements?
The conference will be hosted on the Webex platform. When you join an event you can either download the Webex app or join through your browser. You can also go to iest.webex.com and enter the meeting number that will be displayed on the event webpage. To view more details on how to join one of the events please click here. During our events you are encouraged to use your webcam to participate in open networking before each session begins. To view the system requirements for your computer click here.

When will I have access to the virtual meeting event platform?
The virtual event webpages will launch the week before the conference. You will receive an email from IEST the week before with all the necessary information.

How will I receive access to the training courses I registered for?
The week before classes start, virtual participants will receive an email from Webex with a link to access the classes for which you have registered. You will also receive an email directly from IEST with directions and the same information.

How will I receive my course materials for the training courses I registered for?
The week before classes start you will receive an email from IEST with a PDF of the course material. If there are any technical documents associated with your class, you will receive an email from Techstreet to access and download those documents. You will need to create a username and password on the Techstreet IEST Bookstore webpage to access the documents. Please make sure to use the same email as the email that you used to register for the class.

How do I log in to the virtual event platform? 
To access the virtual platform web pages, you will need to know your login (username and password) for the IEST website. If you do not know this information, you can use the “forgot your password” link. If it says that you don’t have a username, it is possible that you need to activate your account.

For Instructors
Please refer to the instructor agreement. All instructors agree to abide by IEST and the venue’s COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Have additional questions? 
Contact us at information@iest.org or 847-981-0100.