Why was the in-person component of the 2021 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition canceled?

Due to the continued concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and safety of our members, exhibitors and sponsors, the IADR and AADR Boards, with input from the CADR, made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Boston, Mass., USA. 

For the first time in IADR history, the General Session, will be an entire virtual experience. This decision was not taken lightly, and while it comes with disappointment, our top priority will always be the health and safety of our IADR members, attendees, exhibitors, partners and staff at GHQ and in our host city of Boston. Click here for the March, 5 2021 announcement from the IADR President.

 

What is a virtual meeting?

The General Session & Exhibition is now a fully virtual meeting experience. The virtual format allows for any registered attendees, regardless of location, to view high-quality presentations and interact with colleagues online.

Using the IADR General Session virtual experience platform, attendees can watch presentations live or view recorded sessions at any time. Registered attendees will be able access online thousands of research presentations, including the Distinguished Lecture Series, symposia, Keynote Addresses, Lunch & Learning and oral and poster sessions. Attendees will also be able to discuss and network with other attendees from around the world in the online IADR Community.     

  

Why does the virtual meeting registration cost the same as a traditional in-person registration?

 

While IADR does not have to lease a convention center for the 2021 General Session the cost has been replaced with IT and labor costs to successfully conduct a virtual meeting. From an attendee perspective, we hope the savings from not having to travel or stay in a hotel will be helpful. 

 

What should i do if i registered to attend the General Session in-person?

Your in-person registration will be automatically updated for virtual attendance. A confirmation email with the updated registration type will be sent via email, which includes more information about attending the meeting virtually. You do not need to contact IADR/AADR.  

 

What should i do about my hotel reservation?

All hotel reservations made through the IADR housing website will automatically be canceled. A confirmation email will be sent once this process is complete. credit card charges for hotel reservations made through the IADR housing website have not been processed therefore no refunds are due.         

If you booked your hotel through another site or directly with the property you must contact the hotel or booking website for cancellation or a refund.

 

I am an iadr member in the low, lower middle or upper middle-income country (LMIC) and have already registered at the IADRmember rate. how do i receive the recently reduced pre-registration fee for LMIC members announced on March 5, 2021?

No action is required to update your registration. IADR global headquarters will update your registration accordingly and send you an updated confirmation message with the appropriate refund.  

 

What do i do if i submitted my abstract for in-person or undecided?

No action is required to update your response on your abstract submission. All abstracts will be reviewed for presentation consideration in virtual oral and poster sessions.  

 

I have an accepted in-person symposia or lunch & learning session; do i need to do anything?

No action is required of the organizers of accepted symposia or lunch & learning sessions. IADR global headquarters will schedule your session to take place virtually.