Deborah Avant, ISA President; Kristian S. Gleditsch, ISA Past President; Laura J. Shepherd, ISA President-Elect; Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director posted in Annual Convention
on May 11, 2022
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much discussion, positive and negative, about the viability of, and prospects for, virtual participation at the ISA annual convention. We have all participated in many different virtual events the past two years – some small, some large (like the April 2021 ISA annual convention), and many in-between. As a result, we have learned a great deal about what works and what doesn’t. Now as we look to the future, we hope to put that knowledge to work for the ISA membership, within the constraints of time, personnel, and funding.
In the interests of transparency and good communication across the organization, and with apologies for the lengthy correspondence, we write to you now to lay out what we know about virtual programming, how it applies to ISA, and why the decision was made that ISA 2023 in Montreal will be an in-person-only event.