Dear SCGIS Community,
During this very difficult time of the COVID-19 global pandemic, our hearts go out to everyone in our community as we navigate new challenges, make major adjustments to our lifestyles, and care for health and well-being of ourselves and of those that we love.
This past week, the SCGIS Board of Directors decided to cancel this year’s 2020 SCGIS Annual Conference in July. Although it is disappointing, we must prioritize the health and welfare of our SCGIS community. In addition, various local, national and international travel restrictions and high uncertainty of the virus’s trajectory prevent all of us from being able to plan any travel-related activity for the foreseeable future. SCGIS will offer full refunds to all paid registrants. If you have questions for the SCGIS Conference Committee, please contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCGIS volunteers continue to serve our conservation GIS community so we can continue to connect, share our work and inspire each other. Our Global Scholars Program will continue next year and Scholars who were selected for this year’s program will automatically be invited to participate next year. We are also working to find additional ways to support them with training opportunities during these coming months. In addition, the SCGIS Conference Committee and the SCGIS Board of Directors will be exploring opportunities for remote engagement and ways to continue to bring our community together. Please stay tuned for more updates!