IGeLU Chair’s Feb 2021 Update

Last year we announced that the 2021 conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The 2021 conference has been a standing agenda item on the IGeLU Steering Committee meetings and after much deliberation we have decided that the best way moving forward, under the current COVID-19 situation is to

  1. Cancel the 2021 physical conference
  2. Run the 2021 conference as a digital conference

We would like to thank the Det Kongelige Bibliotek (the Royal Danish Library), the local conference organising committee, for the hard work that they have undertaken to date. It is disappointing that we have had to cancel our 2021 physical conference in Copenhagen as is a great location.

The decision to hold a digital conference is based on

  1. The new emerging COVID-19 strain which appears to be more virulent
  2. Current COVID-19 infection rates
  3. Uncertainty on international travel requirements
  4. Increased travel expenses
  5. Institutional budgets impacted by the pandemic
  6. Logistics involved in holding a Hybrid Conference
  7. Reports of differing vaccine roll out schedules across different countries

We have learnt a lot from holding the 2020 Digital Conference and our experience from holding the 2020 Digital Conference means that we will be able to deliver a better 2021 Digital Conference experience.

We are also looking at integrating our technology to make registration and access to the conference a lot easier.

In addition, we are investigating options to deliver the conference using real-time subtitles in up to 10 other languages.

The planned conference dates are as follows

  1. Developers Day 23rd August 2021
  2. Conference 24th to 26th August 2021

If you have any questions, please let me know at mailto:chair@new.igelu.org