Special Announcement


Following the cancellation of the onsite CIES conference in Miami due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are shifting to a virtual meeting space – vCIES – with the goal of providing an engaging and meaningful experience for those who had expected to attend. We are grateful for your patience and support as the Society grapples with the challenge of transforming our canceled onsite Annual Meeting into a new opportunity. The success of our virtual conference will depend on all of us working together and creating a common space – and purpose – as we build a dynamic, interactive, and inclusive conference.

CIES 2020 “Education Beyond the Human” has originally envisioned a small virtual conference pilot, which was scheduled to open on March 15, 2020. The original virtual conference pilot includes virtual paper sessions, with pre-recorded presentations grouped around a particular theme and invited discussants. The participants are invited to preview these recordings and join the live online meeting to discuss the papers with presenters and invited discussants. Virtual poster presentations are accompanied by short audio recordings and include a discussion area for you to engage with the author(s) and each other. The keynotes and highlighted sessions will be live-streamed. The audience will have an opportunity to join the sessions, see who else is attending, and participate in discussions.

In addition to the planned virtual conference pilot, we will make our best efforts to extend virtual participation to the broader conference audience. The transition to vCIES may be bumpy and is likely to have some glitches. We therefore thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and your willingness to support us in this complicated and experimental transition process. Please carefully read the information below to learn how to engage in transitioning to vCIES most effectively both as a SIG, Standing Committee, and/or an individual.

Read more about the transition to the vCIES here!


Relevant Updates from the CIES Board of Directors

Update March 11, 2020: Please see this message from the CIES Board of Directors for information regarding refund policies and procedures for the 2020 Conference in Miami.

Update March 5, 2020: Please read this message below from the CIES Board of Directors about the cancellation of the onsite conference in Miami.