Online Switch

NAFEMS World Congress 2021 moves Online

15/09/2021

NAFEMS has taken the decision to move next month’s World Congress to an online-only conference. As you will know, we had been working towards a hybrid event with a base in Salzburg, Austria, feeding out to an online platform, but for several reasons, including increasing concern from a significant number of presenters and delegates, we have come to the conclusion that this will not be feasible.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus has been on continuing our work in the safest and most effective way possible, in much the same way as we advocate the use of CAE. There is an appetite for an “in-person” event like the World Congress, and we have worked hard for the past year to achieve this.

This close to the Congress, however, with the prospect of still-changing travel restrictions, the rise of the delta variant, and differing vaccine uptake rates worldwide, we have decided that it would be irresponsible to attempt to coordinate a global event under the circumstances. We could not, in good conscience, satisfy ourselves that delegate safety would be ensured, and for that reason, we could not continue down that path.

We are now redoubling efforts to transform the online congress experience into something memorable and give you, our community, an event you can truly engage in.

There will, understandably, be some admin considerations to take care of.

  • If you have previously registered as an onsite participant, either as a presenter or a delegate, we will re-issue your invoice as an online registration. If you have already paid for your place, we will automatically refund the difference between the onsite and online amounts.
  • If you have registered to present onsite, we will be in touch shortly to discuss your options for an online presentation. You can either present live online, or submit a pre-recorded presentation. We have extended the deadline for this until September 30th.
  • If you have already booked a hotel room or travel for your time in Salzburg, you need to cancel that directly through your provider.

We are hugely disappointed that we’ve had to take this decision, and we know you will be too. You may have some questions, and our FAQ on the NAFEMS website should cover most of these, but if you have further questions, please contact us at nwc21@nafems.org, and we will do our best to answer promptly. Please do only get in touch with questions you cannot find answers to on our website as, understandably, we are expecting a lot of emails over the next few days.

We thank you for your support, your understanding, and your patience in sticking with us. We will ensure that your Congress experience will be as engaging as it can be.

Thank you for being a part of the engineering analysis community.

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