The next MeCCSA Annual Conference will be held at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in September 2022. As always, we will invite proposals from all the disciplines and subject areas covered by MeCCSA, in addition to the conference theme. More details will follow later in 2021.
Covid-19 has had a significant impact on everyone, and forced us to think differently as we adapted to working from home and to life with physical distancing rules in place. We decided early in the pandemic to postpone the 2021 Annual MeCCSA Conference to such a time that we could host it on campus, in person. We held the 2021 Annual General Meeting via Zoom, and for the first time conducted an electronic ballot for the Executive Committee elections. The latter was an effective way of engaging more colleagues with the democratic process of MeCCSA and we will likely continue this in future — perhaps with the option of an in-person ballot during the Annual Conference itself.
The postponement of the 2021 conference also gave rise to a debate about the timing of our annual event, and possible alternative dates. There is never an ideal time to change a pattern that has become tradition, but the disruption caused by the pandemic provided an opportunity for the Executive Committee to rethink our scheduling. We deliberated this on a number of occasions and eventually agreed on moving our Annual Conference from January to September, starting with Robert Gordon University hosting in September 2022. There will be another online Annual General meeting in January 2022, to ensure we comply with the association’s constitutional requirements, and we will use this as an opportunity to also host a series of associated activities. We will keep you posted.
The MeCCSA Executive Committee welcomes a detailed proposal including a provisional budget for running the annual conference. Guidelines for preparing your proposal are in the sidebar on the right.