Helen V. Milner & Mark A. Boyer posted on October 08, 2020 14:22
The global pandemic has changed many things about our personal and professional lives. At ISA, we have been working diligently since the cancellation of #ISA2020 in Honolulu to understand how these changes impact what we do professionally and in service to our members. ISA Headquarters’ staff have been researching the feasibility of a wide array of options for #ISA2021, ranging from an in-person to hybrid to an entirely virtual event.
While we all hoped to be able to meet in person, the health and safety of the ISA community is our top priority. We have determined that the ISA 2021 Convention will move to an entirely virtual platform. Given the ambiguity of global vaccination distribution, on-going travel restrictions, budget cuts and the potential on-site spacing constraints for in-person events, we saw little room for a different choice.
The conference dates will be April 6-9, 2021, and the days will be extended from 8am - 10pm EDT (New York time) to facilitate participation across our global membership. We expect to announce the preliminary program in early November. Beyond panels and roundtables, we will offer opportunities for networking and social interaction throughout the week. We will be announcing more details in the near future.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Program Chairs Nita Rudra and Carew Boulding, Program Chair Graduate Assistants Niccolo Bonifai and Samantha Moya, as well as the Section Program Chairs, for working with this new schedule. They have been wonderful partners as we have worked to develop this new virtual space. We ask for your patience as we continue to finalize details.
The ISA travel grant program will shift this year to Virtual Facilitation Grants and a new application and criteria will be open the day the program is announced.
In all of this, we would be remiss in not calling out all the excellent work done by the ISA HQ staff, led by Jennifer Fontanella. They have approached this project with care, attention to detail and throughout have applied the high standards that ISA members have come to expect. And they have done so while coping personally and professionally with this extraordinarily challenging pandemic work environment.
We are excited to share this reimagined event with you, and we are confident #ISA2021 will be a rewarding and valuable experience.
Helen V. Milner, President
Mark A. Boyer, Executive Director