ASME to Continue Plan for 100% Virtual Events through December 2021
Based on the news reports from around the globe and the delayed delivery of the COVID vaccine, ASME will continue to operate 100% virtually through April 2021. As such, there will be no change to the ASME Anywhere plan at this time.
While we are all eager to get back to “life as it once was”, we believe it is best to proceed cautiously. The feedback we have been receiving from other societies and event organizations indicates that meeting in person with the social distancing protocols in place has proven to be risky, more costly for the venues and requiring additional resources. ASME senior leadership will continue to meet daily to assess conditions and is committed to everyone’s safety and wellbeing. We will provide an update in April, 2021.
Please see the original announcement below for full details.
ASME is committed to the health and safety of our community as our top priority, while also ensuring that the important activities of the Society can continue in a time of great uncertainty about in-person attendance at events and meetings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Through our outreach to a large number of constituents, we have learned that many organizations and academic institutions will have restrictions on employee and student travel and in-person participation in meetings and events beyond 2020. This means many of our valued constituents would not be able to join us at physical events to present research papers, participate in committee work, take courses, attend our industry-focused summits or student events, and all the other ASME activities that are typically held in a physical location.
Therefore, we are instituting an ‘ASME Anywhere’ plan to ensure our growing global community can stay connected and can count on our events and programs being available to achieve their goals in 2021 and beyond.
What does this mean:
- All ASME conferences, meetings and events scheduled through December 2021 are being planned as virtual only, enabling everyone to enjoy the full benefits of participation via our virtual event solutions with no physical presence required. ASME will not have any physical or in-person events during this time but will continue to deliver the insights and expertise that our community depends upon.
- To ensure safe and reliable access to local programming for our members, all ASME Division, Section, and Student Section meetings, events, conferences, and activities will be conducted virtually through calendar year 2021. Regardless of local jurisdiction and guidelines, both North American and International regions will adhere to this requirement. ASME Segregated or Consolidated funds can only be used during this time to support virtual events or other non-face-to-face activities or programs.
Since March, ASME has made significant investments in virtual event technology and are working with our staff and volunteers who plan events to continuously enhance the experience for all involved. Going virtual with all of our meetings and events enables us to remove barriers to participation, such as travel/visa restrictions, budget limitations, or business continuity concerns, and enables us to broaden the ASME community globally beyond what is possible with only a physical location.
We are communicating our plans for the next 16 months now to remove uncertainty about our schedule and enable our communities to plan ahead with confidence that all of our normally scheduled ASME conferences, events, and programs will happen in 2021 as virtual events. In addition, we will be launching new virtual events and summits to provide even more ways to engage with us.
ASME will evaluate and update this guidance by November 15, 2020, based on the latest information available.
For all the latest general information about ASME’s virtual approach to events and meetings, visit go.asme.org/anywhere. For an up-to-date schedule for specific events or conferences visit the centralized event calendar on ASME.org or individual event websites for details and registration.
ASME will also send email updates about specific events and meetings. Please be sure to visit the “My Account” page on ASME.org to update your contact information and the ASME Preference Center to ensure you are opted-in to receive email communications.