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It's Official! Annual Conference will be Virtual

September Annual Conference will be Virtual

It’s official! AAZV will hold its 52ndAnnual Conference as a live, interactive virtual meeting September 20 through 24.It will offer approximately 18 hours of CE plus 4 to 8 hours of workshops that lend themselves to virtual presentations.You won’t want to miss this Conference!

We usually open registration for Conference on 1 July, but this year is an exception.Because this change of venue came in mid-June, we won’t be quite ready to iron out all the details and open registration on 1 July this year.We will, however, open it as soon after that date as we reasonably can.We’ll send another blast email to you announcing the opening of registration as soon as we know when that will be.

So instead of packing, driving to the airport while it’s still dark outside or during rush-hour traffic, going through TSA, waiting for your weather-delayed flight and connecting flight, putting up with the screaming child behind you who kicks the back of your seat for the entire trip, looking for your lost luggage, waiting for the shuttle to get to the hotel and finally checking in, you can attend the entire conference from the comfort of your office/living room/kitchen, basement/bathroom/or the back of the feline house.AND, you won’t be required to wear your surgical mask!What could be better?

Please note that the following is what we’re planning, but none of it is cast in stone yet.

We plan on having workshops on Sunday (20 September) followed by an Icebreaker Sunday Evening (BYOB). In the Icebreaker you can consult a list of attendees to video chat, private message or group message through Zoom Meetings.We’ll close the Icebreaker at a reasonable time so you can get plenty of sleep before the Monday sessions start, but you can continue your chats for as long as you like outside the Conference Platform.

Monday morning we’ll get started about 10:00 or 11:00 Eastern (9:00 or 10:00 Central, 8:00 or 9:00 Mountain, and 7:00 or 8:00 Pacific).You will be able to ask questions via chat after each presentation.You will also be able to pull up a .pdf of the Proceedings abstract for each presentation, and the Proceedings will also be available on-line for members.For those of us like me who like to jot notes on a hard copy, we will also sell printed proceedings and mail them out two weeks in advance of the Conference.

We plan on taking a 15-minute coffee/bio break each morning and afternoon.We will also take a break for lunch.We plan on providing five to six hours of CE on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday late afternoon we plan to hold our Student Reception.As with the Icebreaker, students will be able to have personal virtual chats with representatives of the various institutions attending the Student Reception.Monday evening we plan to hold our Committee Meetings, and Wednesday afternoon after the CE session ends we will probably have a short closing with the announcement of officers and swearing in of new officers.

The daily schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday will be about the same as on Monday, however the morning and afternoon breaks will be a little longer.We intend to have the Exhibit Hall open all day Tuesday and Wednesday.Just as we do with the in-person Conference, you will be able to visit the Exhibit Hall during the breaks, lunch break, and any time in-between.

As mentioned earlier, the above information is what we have planned.We have selected a virtual conference platform and your colleagues on the Scientific Program Committee, Executive Committee, Student Reception planners, and others are working as fast as they can to finalize our plans.Be sure to save the date: 20-23 September 2020 for AAZV’s One-of-a-kind Virtual Annual Conference.

Now that we described all the above details for Conference, here is the link to the registration of Conference.  Hope to see you online.