OCIS2020
COVID-19 CONTINGENCY PLANNING UPDATE

Friday 20 March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

In our 11 March letter we acknowledged that holding OCIS 2020 in late June/early July as planned was looking increasingly problematic due to restrictions made necessary by COVID-19.  We promised to let you know of a contingency plan within 10 days.  As promised, we are contacting you now with our new plan for OCIS 2020.

We will hold OCIS 2020 on the 7th, 8th, and 9th of December 2020.

We have confirmed 118 (!) outstanding panels and are looking forward to welcoming you to Canberra at the start of our southern hemisphere summer for an exciting conference.

We are delighted to announce we have confirmed two outstanding keynote speakers to present at OCIS 2020 in Canberra in December. Professor Stephen Walt from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Professor Bina D’Costa from the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU.

Given the new conference dates, the revised registration deadlines are as follows:

  • 30 June 2020 for ‘early bird’ registration
  • 31 July 2020 for speaker registration (in order to be included in the program)

We hope that the new dates do not create any difficulties, but if anyone who has already registered for the conference cannot make the new dates, we will provide a full refund of the registration fee as long as we are notified by 31 May 2020. Our revised cancellation and refund policy is up on the registration page.

  • If you registered for the conference before the change of dates, please get in touch with the company handling our registrations, Conlog, by 31 May 2020 to confirm or cancel your conference registration: OCIS2020@conlog.com.au

Finally, the mentoring workshop for ECR women will go ahead exactly as planned, but on Sunday 6 December, with accommodation on 5 December for those travelling from out of state. The workshop convenors will be in touch with those who have expressed an interest in attending.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns: OCIS2020@anu.edu.au

We know that this is a stressful time for everyone.  From the whole OCIS 2020 team, please stay safe and look after yourselves and each other. We are looking forward to seeing you in December.

With best wishes,

Toni Erskine, Evelyn Goh, and Ben Goldsmith
The OCIS 2020 Executive Team

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted by the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to OCIS 2020, to be hosted by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University from 29 June to 1 July 2020.  We have accepted 66 outstanding panels and 239 excellent papers (from which we have created another 52 panels) and made decisions on 13 Pacific Island bursaries, 10 ECR bursaries, and 10 HDR bursaries. Our superb OCIS 2020 Organising Committee has been working hard to make this a memorable conference and we are all excited about seeing you in Canberra this year.

Of course, one thing that we could not plan for is COVID-19, which has now introduced a new set of considerations.  Things are changing quickly regarding travel restrictions, and it is possible that there could be limits placed on large gatherings over the coming months.  At the moment, we just do not know what will happen.

We have decided to do two things right now:

  • We will extend the ‘Early Bird registration’ deadline by one month, making it 15 April 2020, and also extend the ‘Speaker registration’ by one month, so that it becomes 30 April 2020. This will ensure that people do not feel that they have to rush to register when the potential impact of COVID-19 on the conference is still uncertain.
  • We will continue to gather information and advice about the likely impact of COVID-19 on our conference plans and let you know within 10 days whether we feel that we need to make contingency plans.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns: OCIS2020@anu.edu.au
We will send an update as soon as we possibly can.

With best wishes,

Toni Erskine, Evelyn Goh, and Ben Goldsmith
The OCIS 2020 Executive Team