News Date: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 09:45
If you had not yet heard, APA announced that the 2020 Annual Convention is going virtual (see below and on the conference website at https://convention.apa.org/). More details are to come by June 1, but they have already indicated they are invested in helping convert as much material as possible to an online platform.
The health and safety of our community is our top priority. After careful review of the best available science, we have decided to move APA 2020 from its originally scheduled in-person experience in Washington, DC, to a fully virtual one.
We are sad not to see you in person.
APA is a great place to make new connections and see old friends, and we will miss the moments that make in-person meetings so special. Especially because it feels like being together is exactly what we need right now. That is why we are bringing all our creativity to bear to bring you an engaging, unforgettable, and uplifting experience in a new way.
We are embracing the opportunity to bring you something fresh and new.
There will be incredible speakers. Great collaboration. Opportunities to connect. And a few surprises. The Board of Convention Affairs and APA staff are working to make this new kind of convening both substantive and memorable.
Division leadership and Program Chairs have put a great deal of time and effort into developing your programs for APA 2020. We want to assure you that we will support you every step of the way and help you to transition as much Division content as possible to a virtual environment. While we don’t have all the answers on process yet, APA staff is working on a detailed plan and securing vendors for the virtual platforms to deliver the content. More details are coming soon.
The Board of Convention Affairs will be scheduling an introductory webinar next week for Division leaders and Program Chairs to process your concerns, and a second webinar will occur the following week that goes deeper into logistical plans.
In the meantime, please stay safe. APA offers many resources to help you through this pandemic – from resources on parenting to a new way of doing research to supporting telehealth – and is offering a slew of FREE support to psychologists and students, from free access to APA Journals to free memberships. We are here for you as you navigate the new realities we all face.
And we will be here for you in August – with an opportunity to come together in a new way, be at the forefront of leading change, and remind ourselves of the power psychology has to improve the world.
Sandra L. Shullman, Ph.D.
APA President, 2020