The ISA-Midwest Board has been in conversation about the best path forward for our region; we listened to your feedback and reached out to past leadership of the region as well. After careful consideration, our conclusion is that we will hold the 2020 ISA-Midwest on a virtual platform.
We are aware that there are, and will be, significant health concerns, as well as financial constraints on travel. This is a much difficult decision -and, a disappointment for many of us; nonetheless, it is a prudent and socially responsible decision at this time. As difficult as this decision is, it gives us a clear direction in planning the event -and, a peace of mind as we all schedule the fall.
Our program chair Dr. Leah Windsor, and the Board, will make every effort to make the 2020 ISA-Midwest a meaningful experience. Dr. Windsor will reach out with more information as the program comes into shape. The ISA-Midwest is a successful event because of its attendees; we look forward to a joint effort and rely on our attendees in making it another successful event this November as well.
In conclusion, this is a collaborative decision that benefited from your participation in the survey, and the thoughtful insights provided by our colleagues. As the region’s president, I take ownership of this tough decision [and, hope very much that come November this will appear unnecessary]. We look forward to your proposals and to the ISA-Midwest 2020; the deadline for submission is July 24th.
Thank you for your understanding. May we have brighter days ahead, and see you online in November!