Cancellation of the in-person CAIS conference 2020

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Dear members of the CAIS community,

This is an update concerning this year’s CAIS conference.

Cancellation of the in-person CAIS conference

The Federation moved to a virtual Congress for this year and associations were given the option to hold their conferences virtually as well, as part of the virtual Congress. After consultations with the conference chairs and the Board, we are sorry to announce that the 2020 Canadian Association for Information Science conference has been cancelled. This was not an easy decision, but we wanted to ensure the health and safety of our participants and to support societal initiatives to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

A possible alternative event in the fall

As a replacement for the cancelled conference, the CAIS Board is looking into the possibility of organizing an alternative event (e.g., virtual conference, lecture series or in-person conference) during the fall to enable authors of the accepted conference submissions to present their work. We are investigating all our options and looking at what other associations and conferences are doing for inspiration on how to organize an alternative event that will allow authors to present their work, and maximize participation and engagement.

Congress and CAIS2020 refunds

For those that registered you will be receiving refunds of both your Congress and Association fees at some point in the near future. There is no need to contact Congress to request a refund.

General meeting

The CAIS Board will also be sending out information in the future about the Annual General Meeting which will also most likely take place in the fall and virtually.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions, please write to