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Preparing for hybrid meetings amid continuing uncertainty

In-person component depends on many factors, including university and corporate travel bans, vaccinations and local regulations 


Feb. 5, 2021
By Kathryn Walson 

Hybrid meetings may be the future, but the future is not here yet. The COVID-19 pandemic is still making it difficult for associations to host in-person gatherings, as much as they’d like to.

A number of associations that were planning hybrid conferences for this winter and spring have pivoted to 100% virtual. Many groups are still holding onto hope that hybrid can happen this summer or fall.

The American Dairy Science Association in Champaign, Ill., has its first hybrid annual meeting scheduled for July 11-14 in Louisville, Ky. 

“We feel optimistic that we will be able to have an in-person component. And at the same time, we wanted to provide our international attendees—and any U.S. attendees that are not comfortable traveling—with another option,” said Catharine Perry, who started last April as ADSA’s executive director.