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Update on AEA-Europe Conference 2020 Dublin

I know that this is a difficult time for all our members across Europe and beyond, and I do hope that you and all your loved ones are keeping well and safe.

Last week the AEA-Europe Council met to discuss the impact of the global crisis resulting from the Covid-19 Pandemic and the impact this will have on the key activities of the Association, mainly the conference in Dublin in November 2020.

The Council have been in contact with our local partners, Trinity College Dublin and Educational Research Centre, Dublin City University with a view to coming to an informed decision on the feasibility of hosting the AEA-Europe Conference later this year. We want to assure you that at present we are working towards the AEA-Europe Conference 2020 going ahead if possible, however, as you would expect the situation is under constant review.

According to the information currently available, it may well be that the COVID-19 pandemic will be under control six months from now and that the situation has improved considerably by November. We sincerely hope that this is the case. The local organisers are also continuing to plan for all aspects of the conference and remain committed to hosting us in Dublin in November.

We are conscious of imminent key conference deadlines that members might find difficult to meet given their current working conditions and contexts, but we also wish to continue to plan for AEA-Europe Conference 2020 as usual.

Two of the immediate key dates are: (i) 3rd April – deadline for submission of pre-conference workshops and (ii) 17th April – deadline for main conference submissions.

To accommodate members’ and all our regular conference delegates’ changing circumstances because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have extended these deadlines:

(i) deadline submission of pre-conference workshops – 27th April 2020
(ii) deadline submission of main conference submissions – 30th April 2020.

We very much hope that you will continue to develop your submissions for pre-conference workshops, papers, posters, linked papers, etc. and contribute fully to the scientific programme in this way by submitting something to the conference. The link for the submission page is here https://www.easyacademia.org/aea2020

At all times our primary concern when deciding on the future of the AEA-Europe Conference 2020 is the health and safety of the participants. For this reason, we will continue to liaise with our local partners and to take best advice from health experts as well as local and national authorities. We will assess the situation again after the 30th April and I will get back to you with any updates.

In the meantime, The AEA-Europe Council sends its best wishes to all members and their loved-ones in this time of great difficulty for us all. We remain committed to working for the benefit of the Association and to the aims and goals of our association; a thriving community of assessment professionals and researchers working together for the benefit of educational assessment across Europe.

Stay safe and keep well,
With very best wishes

Jannette Elwood
President: Association of Educational Assessment-Europe

The ‘Association for Educational Assessment – Europe’ is the foremost association for all assessment professionals throughout Europe.

AEA-Europe is a leading association for educational assessment researchers and practitioners across Europe. Established in 2000, our principal aim is to foster connections and developments in assessment throughout Europe and beyond. We organise an Annual Conference in November with over 200 delegates representing over 25 countries.  We also have a professional accreditation and awards scheme for assessment research. We now publish at least 3 newsletters per year and we can be reached via our pages on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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