Frequently asked questions


  • Microsoft Research Forum is a series of virtual episodes throughout 2024.

    January 30, 2024
    March 5, 2024
    June 4, 2024
    September 3, 2024

    Each episode will start at 9:00 AM Pacific Time.

  • Research Forum is open to anyone to attend and particularly interesting for the science and technology research community.

  • Research Forum is a series of virtual episodes combining video sessions and live chat discussion.

    Each episode begins with a keynote. The keynote sessions are lively, thoughtful sessions that bring everyone together as one community to consider the most exciting research questions, outcomes, and implications.

    After the keynote, the episode continues with a panel discussion, followed by a series of short lightening talks on the most pressing AI topics we face today.

    All the way through, you will have a chance to interact with speakers, presenters, and fellow attendees via live chat discussions.

  • This is a free virtual series for anyone interested in attending. However, registration is necessary to attend the forum.

  • This event is 100% virtual for the public.

  • Yes. Each episode will be available on demand the following day.

  • Microsoft Research Forum aims to create timely discussions across various moments throughout the year.

    This cadence will help us share ongoing advances and breakthroughs across research areas with the science and technology community.

    This replaces the former one-time Research Summit moment which historically has taken place in October (2021 and 2022).


  • Go to the registration page and follow the instructions. If you have any difficulty registering, please reach out to the Microsoft Research Forum support team.

  • Yes. The episode agenda is public, but in order to watch the sessions in real time and engage with speakers and other attendees, you must be registered. Register here.

  • No, once you have registered for Microsoft Research Forum, you automatically have access to all four episodes. You will receive an email reminder prior to each episode.

  • We will not be issuing certificates for participation for this series.

  • Yes. All attendees, including Microsoft employees, need to register to access the virtual series and content.

  • Yes. We ask that all presenters register to attend the series.

Viewing the series

  • You will watch episodes directly from the main page by clicking on the video play button.

    Ten minutes before the episode start time, the video player and chat module will become active. Shortly after the end of the episode, these modules will disappear.

    If you are logged in more than 30 mins prior to the start time, you may need to refresh your browser prior to the episode start to view the player.

  • Each episode will be viewable on-demand the day following the event. You will not be able to participate or view the chat history that took place during the live event.

  • If you want to invite someone to watch the episode, please ask them to register.

    Only registered attendees can watch live episodes.

Live Q&A Chat

  • Yes, each episode will include a live chat that allows you to engage with speakers and other attendees. Many of the speakers are planning on joining their episode live and will be available to answer questions. If a speaker is live, the moderator will make an announcement to notify the audience that they can ask questions.

Technical Questions

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  • If you are having trouble with registration or logging in to the website, please contact Microsoft Research Forum's support team.

Need more help?

  • Please contact Event Support at Microsoft Research support team.