Socialism 2021 - Information for online attendees

Socialism 2021 will take place online from Friday 17 September to Sunday 19 September.

All tickets for the event for attendees in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Wollongong, regional Australia and internationally will be valid for online participation.

The conference will take place over Zoom, with access information sent to ticket-holders 24-48 hours prior to the event.

How to participate online

Download & set up Zoom Video Conferencing

Socialism 2021 will use Zoom Video Conferencing.

You will need to download and install the software prior to the conference. To get Zoom:

Zoom has a number of helpful guides for newer users, here are some that are relevant to participants:

We highly recommend testing your computer audio and microphone before the start of the conference. You can do so using this guide:

How to access the online program & join sessions

  1. Once you have purchased a ticket, you will be sent an email 24 hours prior to the conference that will contain your Online Access to Socialism 2021.
  2. Open the email, and click “Join the conference online”
  3. You will be taken to the “Socialism 2021 – Online Access” page. This is your online schedule where you can join the different sessions at the conference.
  4. Scroll down to the next time slot, find the session you would like to join then click the pink “Join this session” link. A white box with a blue link will appear below it. Click the blue Zoom link that appears to open the session in Zoom.
  5. Follow the prompts to open Zoom and join the meeting. Prior to the start time of the session, you may see a message saying the host will let you into the call shortly. It should only take a few moments until you are admitted.

Renaming yourself

Socialism 2021 will see hundreds of participants joining from around Australia and around the world. We encourage participants to add their city or campus to their Zoom display name to help you meet others from the same city.

To rename yourself:

  • Open the Participants panel
  • Find yourself at the top of the list
  • On PC/Mac:
    •  Move your mouse over your name and click the More button that appears
  • On phones/tablets:
    • Press on your name
  • Press Rename and enter your new desired name in the pop up window. Then press Rename on the popup window to confirm.

How the discussions work

Every session will have speakers who will give a short introduction (20-25 minutes) and chairs who will then facilitate the discussion afterwards.

During the discussion, all participants are able and encouraged to speak. You can make a comment, raise a disagreement or ask a question.

To indicate you would like to speak, use the “Raise Hand” function. To do this:

  • Press the Reactions button
  • Press Raise Hand

The chair will take a speaking list and indicate when it is your turn to speak. You will see a pop-up window asking you to unmute. Press the Unmute button and then begin speaking.

Each participant will have 2 minutes 30 seconds speaking time to allow as many people as possible a chance to speak. The chair will let you know when you have 30 seconds remaining and when your time is up. You do not have to speak for the whole 2 minutes 30 seconds if you do not want to.