The Network Gender & STEM Conference 2020 will be postponed to July/August 2021 due to spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. New possible dates:
Thursday, July 29, 2021 – Saturday, July, 31, 2021
at the University of Sydney – Camperdown Campus.
The health and wellbeing of colleagues, students, staff and the general public is our highest priority. Even though our biennial conference of Network Gender & STEM was scheduled for July 2020, we now believe that this may be impossible, as well as inconsistent with fulfilling our role in slowing the spread of the virus. Further, we understand that entry into Australia makes it impossible for many international delegates to attend even if the borders open in the coming months, given the visa processing timelines.
Given these circumstances, as unanimously voted among our Organising Committee at the emergency meeting at the end of last week, we have decided to postpone Network Gen&STEM2020 for period of one year – until July/Aug. of 2021. We would like to aim for Thurs 29 – Sat 31 July, 2021 (in the same timeframe just before Australasian Semester 2 commencement at 2 August). At that time the host university and location will remain the University of Sydney, Australia. We are presently in negotiations with booked venues; however, we wanted to alert you already, for your planning.
All proposals – papers, posters, panels, workshops, and symposia, will remain accepted for presentation at Gen&STEM2021. Around the end of 2020, you will be asked if you wish to continue or withdraw your submission. If you choose to continue you will have the opportunity to revise to upload an updated version of your accepted submission. We will also invite additional submissions later this year.
Refunds or Carryover of Conference Registration Fees. All paid registrants have already been individually contacted. Due to the unprecedented circumstances that have led to postponing of the conference, there are two options for those who have already paid their registration:
1. Refund – we are committed to providing refunds for all those who registered prior to the suspension of registration late last week.
2. Carry Over – or, paid registrants have the option to have their paid registration carry over to next year’s Gen&STEM2021 conference.
We want to thank everyone involved during the last years that Gen&STEM2020 has been planned including The University of Sydney, School of Education and Social Work, organisational representatives, Keynotes and invited speakers/Panelists, those who made submissions, reviewed those submissions, and were looking forward to attending. We look forward to seeing you in Sydney in the hopefully brighter days of July/Aug. 2021.
On behalf of the Gender&STEM conference organisation team:
Helen Watt, Judy Anderson, Janette Bobis (University of Sydney),
Kathryn Holmes (Western Sydney University)
Tracy Durksen (University of NSW)
Rebecca Lazarides (Universität Potsdam)
in collaboration with VHTO, The Netherlands