Dear HBES community,
The 2021 HBES conference that is scheduled for Palm Springs will not be held in person given the California pandemic restrictions on hotels and meetings that will continue into the indefinite future. (Even if these are eased by May, the social distancing regulations that would remain in place mean that very few people would be able to attend in person.) The executive council is exploring alternative options to have an HBES meeting online. We will provide updates to the membership via email, social media, and our website as they become available.
For those who have already submitted an abstract for consideration of presentation in Palm Springs: Please consider the abstract officially ‘withdrawn’ from consideration. In the event of a virtual meeting, we will have a new, separate submission form. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
It is unfortunate that we are unable to gather as a society in-person for the second year in a row, but we are hopeful that we can create virtual engagement opportunities for our members. We hope to set up a virtual meeting this summer, but in the meantime we invite you to attend our new virtual Roundtable Seminar Series events that are held regularly throughout the year. We will be hosting an event in February and will send out details in the coming weeks. You can continue to engage with our society and members on social media as well.
We hope you are all staying safe and healthy in the new year!
The HBES Executive Council and 2021 Conference Organizers