Dear 2020 UAA Conference Participants,
I hope that you are busy making your final plans for the upcoming UAA conference. We realize that some of you may be wondering about the status of the conference given the current corona outbreak. The conference will take place as scheduled. If we determine that there is a direct health hazard in the conference environment, or if health officials declare an emergency, we will change this plan and notify you as soon as possible. In this unlikely event, we would honor your presentation acceptance and registration payment for a future conference. So, the worse case scenario would be a postponement.
In the interim, we have given our colleagues based in China and South Korea the option of deferring their participation. So far, 15 persons out of 30 from these countries have withdrawn. To date, conferences that have been cancelled all have one thing in common-a large number of participants drawn from China and Asia in general. This is particularly the case for technology-related meetings.
UAA has a very solid group of 1005 other registrants who plan to attend. During the conference, we will encourage a few simple practices such as refraining from handshakes and close body contact, as well as reminding anyone with a cold or sinus condition to use extra care when sneezing and/or coughing. We will make sure everyone has easy access to hand sanitizers and tissue!
For now we are planning for a great conference!
Margaret Wilder, Ph.D.
UAA Executive Director