A release from the Congress Committee:
The Congress Committee has determined that the 6th IASSIDD congress 2021 will be a virtual congress. We hoped to have a hybrid (both in-person and online) Congress as announced last fall. However, due to the continuing challenges of COVID-19, we deemed that it is not wise to have an in-person component for the 6th IASSIDD congress this summer. While we know that meeting in person eventually will be safe again, we sadly do not believe that it will happen in time to safely have an in-person event the beginning of July 2021 in Amsterdam. This was a difficult decision to make since all IASSIDD in-person meetings from 2020 needed to be cancelled entirely because of COVID-19.
This will be the first time that an IASSIDD congress has gathered entirely online, as many of our participants have been doing these past 12 months. While we lament that we cannot be together in person to connect with one another, we are nevertheless excited about the new opportunities a virtual gathering offers.
We will be able to open the 6th IASSIDD congress to much greater participation than ever before. Instead of traveling long distances and having only 200 participants or so gathered together, we are throwing wide the doors open to many more participants who never before have been able to participate in person. Moreover, in this way we will reflect as well the congress theme: Value Diversity.
Imagine an opportunity for many people from different countries and fields to participate in the virtual opportunities that will be included, gaining tools and resources to connect, networking and participate together online.
We hope to see all of you at our first virtual congress!