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**Updated ISA Statement Regarding Coronavirus**

ISA has been monitoring recent global developments quite closely in the run-up to the Hawaii annual convention in late March. We know, for instance, that some potential attendees will be prevented from traveling to Hawaii because of restrictions related to the coronavirus. And we have also noted some other changes in governmental policies from various countries that may also impact travel.
As a result, for those attendees who are directly impacted by recent governmentally-imposed restrictions (e.g., travel bans because of global health concerns or the very recent imposition of travel restrictions for federally-funded Brazilian universities), ISA is offering the opportunity to provide a recorded audio presentation that can be played at the annual convention in Hawaii. Real-time, live presentations are not possible.    
To take advantage of this opportunity, the following conditions must be met:
  • You must already be on the Hawaii program and maintain a paid conference registration. No exceptions will be made.
  • Commit to a recorded audio presentation by 2/21/2020 by contacting No exceptions will be made.
  • Provide the recorded presentation file by 3/1/2020. No exceptions will be made.
    • Instructions for file-upload will be provided to those who commit to a recorded presentation by the specified date.
    • Recordings must be no longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • Documentation must be provided to ISA HQ about why you are unable to travel based on the governmental regulations. Such documentation can include proof of flight cancellation, notice of governmental restrictions, and any other documentation deemed appropriate. ISA HQ reserves all rights to determine the validity of the documentation, the individual’s rationale for requesting a recorded presentation and the impact of governmental regulations on an individual’s travel.
  • It will be the responsibility of the chair/discussant to provide any feedback on the presentation and it will be their discretion as to whether or not they choose do so. ISA HQ will not be responsible for providing any feedback to recorded presenters.
We know that this is an imperfect solution to problematic global concerns, but we do hope that it helps to serve the intellectual and professional development needs of ISA members as best we can in this challenging environment.
Please note: This is not the launch of a new, regular program-offering for ISA, given the significant costs involved. Rather, it is an extraordinary measure to address issues that are beyond the control of those who have registered and planned to attend the Hawaii meeting.
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Posted in: Annual Convention


Thomas F. Homer-Dixon
Friday, February 21, 2020 2:19 PM
It's good to see that the ISA leadership is exhibiting some flexibility for attendees affected by coronavirus travel restrictions. But the situation is (as of February 21) changing very rapidly. With the virus now spreading in Iran and South Korea, it appears that we're in the early stages of a global pandemic. By late March, many more countries will be affected by travel restrictions, so the deadlines and constraints in this notice need to be relaxed. And ISA should give consideration to allowing registered participants and panelists to withdraw from the conference without penalty, if they are concerned about the health risks (arising from the spread of the coronavirus) of traveling.

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