Updates on Events & Conferences Impacted by COVID-19
Following up on the COVID 19 issue, the WHO has declared COVID-19 disease to be a pandemic and the number of cases in Alberta have increased. Our number one priority is the health and safety of ESTMP participants, the ESTMP 2020 committee has decided to reschedule the workshop till the Fall of 2020. The ESTMP committee will provide more details in the coming weeks about the new dates and workshop hotel.
- The Authors, Attendees and Sponsors will keep the benefits of their selections of registration or paid-sponsorship package to the rescheduled workshop whenever and wherever in Alberta it should take place. This is a deviation from the cancellation policy as published on our web site and only applies to the registration fees. Travel and accommodation expenses are the full responsibility of the attendees. Hotel cancellation is the responsibility of the participants.
- In the case of the Sponsors, this decision should increase the duration of their exposure as long as they paid their sponsorship fees.
- The ESTMP committee will not be able to accept/honor any cancellation or refund at this time.
- The ESTMP committee members are in negotiation with all ESTMP service providers to mitigate the financial impact of rescheduling the workshop.
We expect to welcome you at the next ESTMP Workshop in the best health and safety conditions for a successful event as usual.
In light of growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, and after much thoughtful deliberation, APEC and its sponsors, IEEE IAS, IEEE PELS, and PSMA have decided not to move forward with the in-person conference event scheduled for March 15- 19, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In making this difficult decision, paramount is the health, safety, and welfare of our community. We acknowledge that the increase in corporate and institutionally-mandated travel restrictions make it impossible to ensure the execution of a quality conference and on-site experience for our APEC community and valued exhibitors.
Planning is already underway to assemble and deploy a virtual conference experience in the near future to preserve value for attendees, speakers, and exhibitors. Peer reviewed papers accepted by the conference will still be submitted to IEEE Xplore.
APEC wishes to offer sincere thanks to its loyal exhibitors, sponsors, partners, and attendees for their patience and understanding as we move forward together.
APEC Refund Policy Statement – update April 20th, 2020
The Steering Committee and the Sponsors of the APEC conference, IEEE PELS and IAS in partnership with the PSMA, wish to thank our loyal community for their patience as we worked through the complex business negotiations required legally to reach our desired goal of maximizing your refund. Always, the health and safety of our APEC community was paramount in actions taken and our decision making.
The IEEE Societies and PSMA acknowledge the economic strain this situation has placed on our exhibitors, attendees, and vendor/provider partners. All of whom we consider part of our APEC community. To that end, dozens of individuals have worked tirelessly for weeks to assure a responsible and equitable outcome.
We would like to assure our community that the Sponsors have, since the beginning of this process, agreed to take no financial proceeds and in fact agreed to absorb a significant loss to settle obligations to vendors in order to maximize the refund to attendees and our valued and loyal Exhibitors.
To that end, the Sponsors have also agreed to absorb additional costs allowing us to now offer the following refund schedule:
· Exhibitors will receive a 100% refund
· Partners (i.e. corporate sponsors/supporters) will receive a 100% refund
· Attendees will receive a 40% refund
· Spousal tours and any extras (extra social tickets, proceedings/workbooks) will be returned at 100%
To date, all the technical and program materials have been distributed electronically via the APEC mobile app, website, or other electronic means to our registered attendees for download. We will continue to make other elements available as they become available. Furthermore, for our author community, we have arranged for all submitted papers to be published in IEEE Xplore (waiving the requirement for the papers to be presented).
As a multi-tiered and large-scale event, we hope our community can appreciate that APEC requires multiple years of planning and thousands of hours of labor, representing a significant investment across conference partners and service providers. Added to that complexity this year was the daunting task of interpreting and navigating the evolving national, state, and city-wide policies in the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic. Information regarding travel bans and health commission decisions were in flux right up to our decision point.
We wish the APEC community to please know that our decision to cancel when we did was to absolutely cap, or limit those financial obligations and expenses so that the organizers and sponsors would be in a final position to return as much money as possible to our attendees and valued exhibitors.
The timing and method of pending refunds will be updated on the website within the next 5 business days. We are determined to accelerate arrangements to handle the logistics to return monies to our hundreds of APEC 2020 exhibitors and thousands of loyal attendees.
We thank you all for your continued support and patience, and pledge to continue to work hard to advocate on your behalf.
The 2020 APEC Steering Committee, IEEE PELS, IEEE IAS, and the PSMA
For continuing updates, please visit www.apec-conf.org.
Following up on the COVID 19 issue, the 2020 6th IEEE International Energy Conference (ENERGYCon) has released update(s), directly on their website.
For continuing updates, please visit ieee-energycon2020.org/.
Following up on the COVID 19 issue, the 2020 IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC) has released update(s), directly on their website.
For continuing updates, please visit ieeerepc.org/.
Following up on the COVID 19 issue, the 2020 IEEE/IAS 56th Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference (I&CPS) has released update(s), directly on their website.
For continuing updates, please visit attend.ieee.org/icps-2020/ieee-icps-2019/.
Following up on the COVID 19 issue, the 2020 32nd International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD) has released update(s), directly on their website.
For continuing updates, please visit www.ispsd2020.com/.
The 2020 International Conference on Industrial Engineering, Applications and Manufacturing (ICIEAM) has NOT released any update(s), yet (Apr 10, 2020).
For continuing updates, please visit icie-rus.org/index-ieam.html.
Following up on the COVID 19 issue, the 2020 International Conference on Development and Application Systems (DAS) has released update(s), directly on their website.
For continuing updates, please visit www.dasconference.ro/.