which was changed from in-person to virtual due to COVID-19.
The conference is not live - it is an online website, somewhat interactive, but not requiring anyone to be in front of their computer at any particular time of day.;
Papers/videos/PowerPoints, etc., submitted by registered participants, are posted on the virtual site, divided into our usual sections, and are available for all registered participants to see and comment on.
The 2020 conference was originally scheduled to take place in Portland, Oregon, USA, on April 1-4, 2020.
Due to COVID-19 disruptions, WSSA was forced to pivot the in-person conference to a virtual format in early March.
The submissions portal for the virtual conference opened on May 7, 2020, and closed at midnight, CDT, June 8, 2020.
The virtual conference went live on June 18, 2020, and will remain open for paid registrants to view and comment on all submissions through September 30, 2020, at which time the comment function will be turned off and viewing of submissions and commentary will be opened to the public. Public viewing will remain open through September 30, 2021. After that, the site will be taken down.
Many WSSA members donated their expected refunds, from their registration for the in-person conference, to help defray the expenses caused by converting an in-person conference to a virtual format. The names of those donors, and their photos, are displayed in the lower half of the landing page of the virtual conference. WSSA is very grateful to those donors; their donations were critical in allowing the no-money-at-the-time Association to bring you the virtual conference.
Registration for the WSSA 2020 Virtual Conference ended May 26.