While registration is on pace with previous years, WIO has understandably received some inquiries as to the status of the Summer Symposium, so we want to take this opportunity to give you a comprehensive update. We know you are hoping (as are we) to have the WIO meeting as planned. Rest assured, regardless of what happens with COVID-19, we WILL have a Summer Symposium and YOU will have an opportunity to participate. We know many of you look to WIO as your sanctuary and time to reconnect, refresh, and rejuvenate and we feel this is more important now than ever.
Currently, we are proceeding on schedule with the live meeting on Amelia Island. Nothing can take the place of our in-person meeting, but we understand the need to take our beloved gathering to the next level. Therefore, in addition to our highly acclaimed in-person symposium, we are building a new live stream platform to allow participation (and CME) for at least one day of the meeting for those who are unable to attend. In the unfortunate event that we cannot have the live meeting, we will pivot to a unique virtual platform to deliver the incredible content and meaningful interactions with a WIO flair that you have come to know and love at WIO. As you can imagine, this has created a tremendous amount of additional work for our program committee, board, and management staff, but we are happily doing so as we know how important this meeting is to you and how important you are to us and this organization.
We are extending the early bird registration to June 1st to allow for more time for those who are able to attend the live meeting to arrange their plans. We highly encourage you to register when you are able, as this remains the premier way for WIO members to take advantage of all the opportunities available at the Summer Symposium (and to secure housing, which will likely sell out). For those unable to join us in person, we will release details on the live stream platform as soon as we are able, but please understand that we want to make sure we have all the details in place for attendees, speakers, and sponsors prior to doing so.
We have also relaxed our cancellation policy for any registrations that need to be changed for COVID-related reasons so you can confidently register for the meeting. Please let us know if you have any questions.
We are here for you and we will come through this stronger together. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces on beautiful Amelia Island.