Announcement by the President of LASA
Over the past few months, all of us on the LASA Executive Council (EC) have been keeping a close eye on the evolution of the pandemic. Among other things, we had to decide whether to move forward with the plan to have our LASA2022 conference in San Francisco in a hybrid form, both in person and, simultaneously, virtually.
At the last Ways and Means Committee meeting (president, past president, vice president, treasurer and executive director), each committee member expressed their opinions, some with great ambivalence. We decided to share these thoughts with the EC so that the EC could make a decision on whether to continue with the hybrid congress plan or make it exclusively virtual. In order for our decision to be understood, I will reproduce the considerations in making the decision. To take the mystery out of the way at the outset, I will tell you that unfortunately we have made the decision to cancel the face-to-face portion of the 2022 congress and will instead stick to a fully virtual event.
Gerardo Otero, President of LASA
Simon Fraser University
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