Dear Fellow ONErs,
I hope this message finds you well, amidst the various stages of COVID-19 across the globe that are affecting all our lives. Here in Switzerland, we are gradually reducing the lockdown and I must admit that I'm thankful that primary schools are open again while at the same time worried that this will inevitably lead to a second wave of infections.
I know that you have all been keen to learn what is going on with the AOM Annual Meeting this year. By now, you will have heard that the meeting is going virtual. But what does that mean for us?
Yesterday, I joined a conference call of division and interest group (DIG) leaders in which AOM conveyed a basic outline of how things will go on. Many details are still being worked out, but I am sharing what I know and will continue to update you as things develop. In the meantime, some key information:
Most of all, given that the ONE division has been pushing AOM to do more virtually and reduce our carbon footprint, this year's conference provides a unique opportunity for ONErs to bring enthusiasm to the conference and show others how it can be done. Let's have some fun, and let's spread the word. And let's show AOM that virtual conferencing is possible and exciting.
Finally, let me take this opportunity to thank all of the ONE teams and team members and organizers of the Doctoral Consortium. Each team has had its own challenges to adapt to the new situation and format. As a result, many team members have carried an extra load this year, well beyond what they anticipated when they volunteered for ONE. And there still remains a lot to do. In addition, kudos to René Bohnsack for volunteering to be on the AOM virtualization taskforce – this has given ONE visibility within AOM, something that we can carry forward in the next years. I want to thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for keeping us rolling and helping us to pull together. I truly appreciate it, and we could not do this without you!
Stay strong, keep an eye on the target – we will get there. Let's remember to enjoy the journey. The most important thing is our community and the conference, even virtually, helps that community to connect and stay alive.
I will be sorry not to see you all in person. But I am excited about popping into virtual sessions left, right, and center.
Warm regards from a sunny Switzerland