We’re optimistic types here at the ESA and are progressing full steam ahead with our plans for the 2020 Ecological Society of Australia Conference in Wollongong in November, with some caveats.
This year has already thrown up its fair share of challenges, and we are in for another tough couple of months at least. But in the face of adversity it’s important that we continue to make plans, and progress our work to make the future brighter.
We remain optimistic that if we all take COVID-19 seriously now, and follow the official advice to stay at home where possible, things will have improved enough by November for the bans on group meetings to be lifted and the conference to proceed. Of course, we will not proceed if that is not the case.
At this point we can assure all members and possible delegates that the conference preparation activities can all be undertaken remotely, so we are not increasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 by continuing with our preparations.
We will cancel the conference closer to the date if it is deemed to be unsafe to run it. At that point, all registered delegates will be able to get a full refund.
We are also working on contingency options for alternative ways to run the conference, including online options, in case that is required.
The theme for this year’s ESA conference – Understanding Ecological Extremes: Mechanisms of Resilience and Recovery - is pretty fitting to current circumstances.
Our call for abstracts is now open (until 24 July) and we encourage you to make a submission. Details here.
Why not use your extra time at home to get creative? We welcome submissions for symposia from across the breadth of ecology, and particularly encourage submissions that relate to the conference theme.
We look forward to seeing you all in Wollongong in November.
More via the Conference website: https://www.esa2020.org.au/