ASAL2020 to go virtual.

The urgent need to maintain our distance from each other during the COVID-19 pandemic has led the ASAL Executive to make the decision to cancel ASAL2020 as an event held in Cairns from 29 June – 3 July.

However, by reimagining ASAL2020 as a virtual conference to run between 29 June and 10 July, ASAL will continue to provide an opportunity for presenters to share their work and to participate in networking activities. Presenters have been contacted for expressions of interest in presenting at the virtual conference, and a new program will be devised, comprising of:

—Live 20-minute presentations supported by a video-conferencing facility such as Zoom

—Recorded 20-minute presentations to be published on a specified date within the time-frame of the virtual conference

—Recorded 3-minute lightning papers to be published on a specified date within the time-frame of the virtual conference

—Digital posters accompanied by a recorded 3-minute discussion, published on the ASAL2020 website

—Short written versions of presentation published on the ASAL2020 website

—Twitter panels/symposiums

A draft program for the virtual conference will be released by 31 May. The program will also include additional workshops and mentoring sessions for ASAL members.

We will contact those who have already registered for the Cairns event in order to arrange refunds, and, in due course, advise you of new registration arrangements for the virtual event.

Thank you for your interest in ASAL2020. We hope that you will continue to participate in any way possible.

Best wishes,

Roger  Osborne, ASAL2020 Convenor