A Message from International Military Testing Association Management Board
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Given the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of hosting a conference in October 2020, the IMTA Management Board in consultation with the organizers of this year's conference (the Society for Military Psychology) has decided to postpone the 62nd Annual Conference of IMTA until October 25th - 28th, 2021. This conference will take place at the same location at it was planned for this year, in Raleigh, NC, USA, and will retain the same format with workshops, meetings and the opening reception on October 25th, the main conference October 26th - 28th, and optional excursions on October 29th.
The safety of IMTA attendees is our paramount concern. We have closely monitored the situation since the detection and spread of COVID-19. Although in some regions of the world travel restrictions are loosening or will be loosened quite soon, it remains unsure which measures on travels and gatherings will still apply in October. Currently, in Raleigh, a ban on indoor gatherings of more than 10 people is still in place with no guidance on the policy for gatherings in October 2020. On this basis, it is impossible to make the necessary planning for the conference and its related events. IMTA’s management board concluded postponement was unavoidable under the circumstance and authorized the organizer to negotiate with the venue for fall 2021 dates. With the alternative dates (see above) determined, we are now able to inform everyone and to ask you to reserve those dates for 2021.
I take the opportunity to thank Eric Surface, the host of the next conference, for all his tremendous efforts so far and his commitment to make IMTA 2021 an even more fantastic event. My thanks also go to Myckel Cremers and his team, who spontaneously agreed to postpone the conference planned for 2021 in the Netherlands.
Other organizations, such as SIOP or APA, decided to go forward with virtual conferences. Even APA’s Technology Mind and Society conference, which is later in October 2020, decided to go virtual. This idea was also discussed in the Management Board. However, the IMTA culture is characterized by the friendly, even family atmosphere, the collegial conversations and the spontaneous encounters during the breaks and social events. This can’t be transferred to the virtual world. Nevertheless, if someone has the know-how, the time and the motivation to “host” a virtual conference in the initially planned time frame, she or he is invited to contact me directly (email@example.com) in order to discuss this option and the related activities.
And finally, on behalf of Allister McIntyre, Director of Communications, I inform all who contributed a chapter to a CDA press book that CDA press has ceased operation during the COVID-19 crisis. All the volumes currently in progress will eventually be published, but there is no way to predict when this will happen.
All decisions mentioned above have been taken after careful consideration of the unprecedented global circumstances we are all facing, and we hope that you and your families remain in good health and spirits. And of course, we hope to see you all in October 2021 in Raleigh where we can continue the tradition of the exceptionally inspiring IMTA conferences.
With best wishes and regards,
COL Hubert Annen, Ph.D.
Chair of Management Board IMTA