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Webinar Schedule and Attendance Instructions

What is a Webinar?

A webinar is a meeting you can attend without ever leaving your desk! A webinar is a meeting held with a computer linked to the Internet in combination with a teleconference. You attend the meeting using a link to the "meeting site" and a phone for the accompanying teleconference.

ODS Webinar Schedule and Agenda

ODS will hold a series of four webinars at the times and topics listed below to hear comments on and suggestions for ODS initiatives for possible inclusion in the 2010-2014 ODS Strategic Plan. The topic is taken from the four areas described in the background paper, A Report to the Public. Each webinar will begin with brief comments by a Federal partner and a stakeholder on the topic of that webinar. The remainder of each webinar will be devoted to hearing public comments. You should register in advance to make an oral comment of up to three minutes.

RESEARCH SUPPORT - Thursday, January 29, 2009, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
Meeting room URL:
Research support is through cofunding of NIH grants, including botanical research centers, individual research grants, training, and conferences.

RESEARCH TOOLS - Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Meeting room URL:
Research tools refers to the promotion and support for the development and improvement of methodologies appropriate to the scientific study of dietary supplement ingredients, including analytic methodologies and reference materials, surveys of dietary supplement use, databases to analyze survey results, and evidence-based reviews of key dietary supplements.

SCIENCE-POLICY - Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
Meeting room URL:
Science-policy covers current ODS collaborations to collect information on scientific issues that is needed for policy discussions. Three current collaborations include the vitamin D initiative, the use of dietary supplements by military personnel, and nutrient reference intake values.

COMMMUNICATIONS - Thursday, February 19, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Meeting room URL:
Communications includes outreach and education on dietary supplements through the ODS website and information developed by fact sheets, newsletters, and through databases on scientific literature and research on dietary supplements.

The webinars are open to the public with attendance limited by individual access to the Internet and phone and by the availability of open teleconference phone lines. Members of the public who wish to present oral comment should indicate this when registering for the meeting.

Registering for a Webinar

Although you can attend the webinar simply by pasting the URL in your web browser, registering in advance is strongly encouraged so that we can send you reminders and to schedule for your oral comments, should you wish to make them. Simply send an email to and indicate the webinar(s) for which you want to register. You can indicate the title or date.

Testing Your Computer for Compatibility

Connect to:
Our webinar is hosted through the NIH Web Collaboration service using Adobe Connect Professional. Some suggestions if you have access problems:
  • Be sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Disable popup blocker software.
  • Clear the browser's cache.
  • Try connecting from another computer.

Attending a Webinar

Note the URL above for your session.
  1. A few minutes before the meeting is to begin, click on the URL or paste it into your browser.
  2. You will be asked to enter your name as a guest to login to the session.
  3. The system may report that your name has been submitted for acceptance. We will open the system to accept all guests at once about 15 minutes before the webinar formally begins, so be patient if you are early.
  4. When we open the meeting to guests, you will be prompted for your telephone number for the teleconference portion and the system will phone you. Note that the number of phone connections is limited (about 125). While we do not expect to exceed that number, if we do and you are not among the first 125, you will be able to see the presentation but not hear it. Note: all guests will be muted unless arrangements are made to make comments (see below).

Making an oral comment at a Webinar

Oral comments will be limited to three minutes and may be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation provided that the presentation is submitted no later than 2 days before the scheduled webinar. Individuals who register to speak will be assigned in the order in which they registered. Due to time constraints, only one representative from each organization will be allotted time for oral presentation. If time permits, those who wish to make a brief oral statement and have not pre-registered to make a comment, will be able to do so.

Webinar archives

Archives of the webinars will be posted on the ODS Web site and may be viewed at any time. We encourage individuals unable to participate in a live webinar and all interested parties to send written comments to the Office of Dietary Supplements by mail, fax, or electronically. When mailing or faxing written comments, please provide, if possible, an electronic version via email.


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