RREC FAQs


When is the 23rd Railroad Environmental Conference?

Tuesday, 26 October – Wednesday, 27 October 2021

How do I sign in to Whova?
Go to Whova (Recommended Browser: Chrome): https://whova.com/portal/webapp/recr_202110/
If you have a Whova account, sign in with your email address and password.
If not, click “Sign up here” to create an account.
Please be sure to use the email address used when you registered for RREC.

How do I join the live technical sessions?
Once signed into Whova, click on “Agenda” in the left-hand menu. Find the presentation you want to join by: browsing the full agenda, filter by track (topic areas), or use the search bar (presentation title, speaker, etc.). Click “View Session”, then “Join the stream”. You will then be prompted to open Zoom Webinar.

How do I ask the speaker a question in the live technical sessions?
Access the Q&A box in Zoom Webinar. You can type in a question and also elevate the priority of other questions by “upvoting”.

Will the presentations be recorded and available later?
Yes, presentations will be recorded and shared via Whova. Recorded presentations will be available by Monday, November 1st. Note: Some presentations will not be available per speaker requests.

How long will Whova be accessible?
Whova will remain active for 3 months after the conference.

How do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs)?
Attendees that requested PDHs on their registration form will receive the certificate after the conference. Participants will be responsible for tracking which presentations they attend to complete the form and calculate their total hours. Watching the recorded presentations later can also count towards your total PDHs for the event.

Are there additional guides for using Whova?
https://whova.com/pages/whova-app-user-guide/

How do I get in touch with RREC staff for technical or adminstrative questions?
Whova: Community > Ask Organizers Anything
Zoom Webinar: Chat
Email: rrec-conf@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-300-1340

How will COVID-19 impact 2021 RREC?

Just a few short months ago, we were excited that we would soon be seeing each other again in person here in Champaign, IL. We are writing today to share the news that the Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) planned for 26-27 October will transition from a hybrid event to a fully virtual one. With the high transmission rate of the Delta variant and the surge in cases, it has become clear that a virtual RREC is the safest option for attendees, staff, and our communities. A virtual RREC will allow us to offer a high quality program with a more stable attendance than would otherwise be possible due to uncertain travel restrictions many companies are experiencing, and increasing requests from speakers to present virtually.

Rest assured that we are channeling our collective energy and enthusiasm into making RREC the most productive and best virtual event possible. RREC staff are working with the speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors to transition the event. While all details are not yet finalized, please be assured that RREC will include numerous informative technical sessions, sponsor highlights, and networking opportunities – albeit in a fully virtual format.

WHAT DO I HAVE ACCESS TO AS A VIRTUAL ATTENDEE?

Live Presentations, Exhibitor Profiles, and Networking via the Conference App.

HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO NETWORK WITH EXHIBITORS AND ATTENDEES?

We will be utilizing the Whova platform. We have previously used Whova as our conference app for in-person conferences. The platform can be accessed via a web browser or app.

What is the timeframe for RREC Abstract Submissions?

RREC Abstract Submissions run January through March before the Fall event. More information on abstract submission here.

When does registration open?

RREC Exhibitor/Sponsor and Attendee Registrations open the Summer before the Fall event. More information on registration here.

Where can I find previous programs, presentations, photos, and other conference materials?

Previous RREC materials can be found here.

If your question was not addressed above, contact us at rrec-conf@illinois.edu or 217.300.1340.