March 5, 2020
In response to the global pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in consideration of the health and safety of conference participants, the CIES Board of Directors unanimously voted today to cancel the on-site portion of the CIES 2020 Annual Conference in Miami. The CIES 2020 Program Committee plans to continue the virtual portions of the conference as scheduled. In addition, we are actively seeking ways to further extend the virtual participation of the conference beyond what was already planned.
In addition to our obligations to the well-being of our membership, the Board has a fiduciary responsibility to the Society. Please know that we are actively reviewing the financial implications of this decision. More information will be shared regarding the next steps, including updated cancellation policies and information about joining the virtual program, no later than Friday, March 13. In the interim, please do not contact Indiana University, CIES 2020, or the CIES OED as we work to meet our commitments to shared global scholarship and carrying forward the business of the Society.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
David Post, President
Iveta Silova, President-Elect and Program Chair
M. Najeeb Shafiq, Executive Director