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07 Sep 21

2021 AAG Conference is moving to digital with a twist

2021 AAG Conference is moving to digital with a twist

 

Regrettably, we have made the decision to cancel the face to face 2021 AAG Conference on the Gold Coast due to the pandemic. This will be disappointing, but not surprising, for most of you — the pandemic has been fast-changing and, with state lockdowns, border closures, quarantine requirements and the relatively slow start to immunisation, we have had to face the fact that there is no option for even a scaled back Conference.  Even so, it has been a very tough decision for us to make. 

We know that so many of you, like us, have been really looking forward to this opportunity to see each other again and in such a lovely and popular location, so we have two pieces of good news.

Firstly, for those of you who had hoped for beach holidays and extra time around the conference this year, we are pleased to report that you won’t miss out entirely — we’ve locked in the Star, Gold Coast, again for 14 to 17 November 2023! 

The next best thing

Secondly for 2021, we are going to provide the next best thing to the original conference plan — an engaging and welcoming digital conference experience, building on the success and lessons learnt from 2021, combined (where possible) with the opportunity to meet in person with colleagues in your own State or Territory.  These potential state and territory face to face events will of course be subject to local restrictions and demand and will have to be Covid safe.  We are in the process of working through these opportunities and will update you as soon as the information is available.

Under this ‘digital format with a twist’ approach, presenters will have the option to present virtually or at our in person local meetings. Please note that all posters and art exhibition submissions (where appropriate) will be presented in the online platform.

Next steps

For delegates who have already registered, there is nothing you need to do at this time.  We will be in touch in the next couple of weeks with your options for transferring your registration to the next year’s face to face AAG Conference in November or refunds to the named person who has booked it. Unfortunately we cant do part refunds but we will make it easy for you to register for the new 2021 digital Conference with a twist. You can be assured that AAG is committed to ensuring delegates will not be out of pocket with registration costs and flexibility will be offered wherever possible.

Please note that all accommodation booked at the Star via our registration form has automatically been cancelled with no penalty. If you made your own arrangements directly for accommodation on the Gold Coast, please ensure you contact your provider to cancel.

We had so hoped not to have to do this in 2021 but COVID-19 clearly had other plans!  Thank you for your patience while we finalise the new details for this year’s event. We will be in touch again soon but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries in the meantime.

Stay safe.  

Click here for more information about the 2021 Conference 

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