After ASAL’s decision to cancel the Cairns version of ASAL2020 and begin plans for a virtual program, expressions of interest were sought from accepted presenters to participate in the new format. The call for expressions of interest is now closed, and a new program is currently being devised after a tremendous response from participants. A draft program will be available by the last week of May. This program will include:
- Live Zoom presentations
- Pre-recorded 20-minute presentations
- Pre-recorded 3-minute lightning talks
- Blog presentations
Information about how to join the conference sessions will be distributed with the program, along with protocols for the management of discussion within each session. This program will run on the same days as the planned Cairns program 30 June – 2 July, but with different scheduling to accommodate viewing of the virtual presentations. Planning for a series of virtual workshops for postgraduates and ECRs is also underway, details of which will be made available with the draft program. A series of pre-recorded poetry readings will also run during the conference.
The change in format has also required decisions to be made about registration and associated costs. Due to the support of Copyright Agency, registration for ASAL2020 Virtual will be free to ASAL members. To check on your membership status, please contact ASAL Secretary Dr Demelza Hall: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ASAL2020 Virtual program will be distributed to current ASAL members who have registered for the conference through the conference registration portal.
Thanks goes to everybody who has continued to support the idea of a virtual conference, and especially to the presenters who have responded to the expressions of interest. ASAL2020 Virtual will be a different experience than previous ASAL conferences, but it promises to be as stimulating as ever.