We're still holding the week of July 12th to 16th, 2021, as a week when we can hold the conference. But the travel restrictions and meeting restrictions created by the global pandemic make it difficult to know what kind of meeting we will be able to run. It might have to be purely virtual, but it's also possible that circumstances will improve by the summer and that we will be able to bring people together in Toronto in July ... at the moment, we simply don't know.
The organizing committee is looking at several options, including the frustrating possibility of postponing, yet again ...
We're aiming to have an update on conference plans at the end of January 2021, so check back in here in early February to see what we think will work best. For the moment, if we do run the conference this year the papers that were accepted for presentation in February of 2020 remain accepted, and we will check in with authors in February to see if they still want to do their proposed presentation. The decision about the format of the conference will dictate whether or not we have another call for papers to create a full technical program.
Many of you will be getting a direct e-mail seeking your input on the format and timing of the conference, but please feel free to use the Contact link above to send us a note if you didn't get a direct e-mail. We're keen to run a conference that continues the tradition of high-quality presentations of important research and case studies; but with the new world in which we now find ourselves, we're scratching our heads over how best to do that ... so your ideas are welcome.