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Why is this meeting hybrid? Why not just make it fully virtual?

posted on 9:54 AM, November 19, 2021

We're sure some of you are asking this question and it's a valid one. A few reasons:

  1. From a previous survey, over 60% of our members have said they would prefer to attend an in-person ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting. Virtual meetings are a safe and convenient option for attendees unable to travel, but they are not the same as in-person meetings for networking and making connections. We know in-person conferences are far more valuable for our attendees and we want to do everything we can to make this happen.
  2. During Summer 2021, covid metrics were good and vaccinated individuals were encouraged to resume life as it was, pre-pandemic. The delta variant changed that. But vaccination rates have increased, and we hope they continue in that direction. It's a fluid situation and there really is no telling what the COVID-19 infection rate will be like at the time of our event.