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‎2021 Virtual Conference Planning Underway!‎

by Kristen Olson, AAPOR Conference Chair
So much has happened in AAPOR Conference-land since our last AAPOR newsletter. The biggest news is that AAPOR Executive Council officially decided to hold the 2021 AAPOR Annual Conference virtually and shifted the dates to weekdays only. Our virtual conference will be held May 11-14, 2021, and the short courses will be held the week before, during the week of May 3, 2021.

More than 570 abstracts were submitted for this year’s virtual conference. Although this is a decrease of about 30% from our typical in-person conference submissions, it is still an incredibly strong showing in a very difficult year. These abstracts were peer-reviewed by more than 210 AAPORites over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Abstract Review Committee met in mid-December to put together this year’s program for both the mini-conference and the main conference … and it looks AMAZING. Abstract decision letters will be sent before the end of January. An enormous thank you to all who contributed and reviewed abstracts for this year’s conference!
What will this year’s conference look like? After reviewing dozens of platforms and doing live demos with six of the top choices, we have selected a new software platform this year called Pathable which will facilitate live video-based conversations among AAPOR presenters, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors throughout the meeting. Throughout the conference, there will be a mix of live and prerecorded presentation sessions. To ensure that all AAPOR presenters and attendees have the opportunity to talk with each other, all of the prerecorded presentation sessions will have a live 30-minute Q&A. We will also have round table discussions, coffee breaks and visits to the exhibit hall. More information will be provided soon, including in the Conference FAQs.
Conference registration will be opening at the end of January 2021. Even though we have four full days of educational programming and networking opportunities available—double the amount from the 2020 virtual conference—the early-bird registration fee will be unchanged from 2020: $199 for Early Bird AAPOR Regular Members, $99 for Early Bird AAPOR Student Members, and $50 for Early Bird Honorary Lifetime Members. More details about conference registration fees will be coming soon.
In addition to more days of programming, we don’t want anyone to miss out on AAPOR conference swag. With that in mind, AAPOR Conference attendees who live in the U.S. will be able to receive an AAPOR Care Package mailed directly to an address of their choosing.
The AAPOR Conference Committee is hard at work putting together a fantastic conference for you. We will need session moderators, docents and other volunteers for different conference-related events, so keep your eyes open for opportunities to get involved!