July 15, 2020
CONGRESS '20 ONLINE, DECEMBER 8-10
Congress has become an essential part of our lives—an annual pilgrimage for insight and inspiration that's also a hell of a lot of fun. In deciding how to proceed in this extraordinary year, three critical considerations emerged: the health and safety of members and staff; our ability to meet expectations for a productive and pleasurable event in an environment of rapidly fluctuating travel and public health restrictions; and our responsibility for the fiscal well-being of the organization—along with our desire to avoid undue financial risk for members—in this era of unprecedented uncertainty.
After weighing these considerations, the decision to move Congress '20 online was clear.
While I'm sure you all share my deep disappointment that we won't be gathering as a community in Strasbourg this December, we want to assure you that we will approach this challenge with excitement and optimism, bringing the best of our live event while enthusiastically pursuing the many benefits an online version provides. And we are excited that the online event will be presented with the generous support of host sponsor ARTE, the European cultural channel.
Congress '20 will offer the same rich and engaging slate of sessions as was planned, but delivered online with maximum flexibility and convenience. Members will be able to experience ALL our sessions this year and not have to choose between them.
Without the impediments of travel and scheduling, a broad range of expert panellists can be brought together from around the globe, and even more high-profile and influential thought-leaders will be encouraged to participate. Also, the reduced registration cost means lower financial barriers for emerging producers, online creators and colleagues from under-represented regions, and we will eagerly use this opportunity to diversify and expand our membership.
In times like these when we're forced to be separated, the need for ideas, inspiration and a community to share them with becomes more important than ever. This is what Congress has always been about.
We hope that you join us and your colleagues online in December as we seek to provide this dynamic and essential forum for our industry.
WCSFP Conference Director