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Manage your profile and preferences

Your user profile contains a few different sections that you should check out, as they will help you handle your data and your membership better, and they’ll also help us manage the conference more smoothly.

Personal information

Your name and bio are mandatory. They help our area chairs understand who you are when you send them your proposals, and will speed up the approval process.

You don’t have to add your picture, but it’s definitely a nice way to make your profile page more complete. If you don’t add a picture, our mascot will hold your spot!

Contact information

These fields are all optional. The links to your home page and to your social-media accounts are visible to other members—that is, you must have a verified account on the website to see other people’s details. However, your phone number is just for us!

Academic information

This is where you can tell us more about your academic career. If you change affiliation, you don’t need to delete the old one, but just add the new one: this will keep intact the historical data we display about past conferences. Just like your bio, this is a great way for area chairs to get to know you better even before they meet you!

The affiliation field searches through a database of academic institutions as soon as you start typing. Once you find your own, click on it to select it. If you can’t find a proper match, the system will save the affiliation name you enter.

Professional information

If you’re not (only) an academic, this is where you can enter your work information.


This is where you can make some choices that affect the communications you receive from MAPACA, or the way your profile is displayed:

  • you can choose whether or not you receive newsletters addressed to members. Even if you turn this off, you’ll still receive all conference-related communications
  • if you have more than one email address linked to your account, you can choose which one should be used in different situations—for example, in newsletters or in the list of participants in the conference program
  • you can also choose which of your work affiliations (academic or professional) is displayed first. This, of course, matters only if you have filled out both your academic and professional profiles.

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