Our conference is coming closer. Notifications about acceptance (or not) have gone out, many are making travel plans, and still looking at the exciting pre-post conference program options (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020PrePostconf).
I will meet with ICA headquarters very soon to finesse the final details of the program. You can find the important dates on how the program and planning process moves along here: https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA2020.
The conference received almost 4,000 submissions, putting it largely on par with our conferences in e.g. San Juan and Fukuoka. The overall acceptance rate was 44%. I want to express a great thank you to the local Australian community for engaging so enthusiastically with ICA coming to Australia. Obviously our local expert, ICA President Terry Flew, has been a tremendous help and go-to person for all things big and small.
Our conference theme Open Communication attracted a lot of submissions and our theme chair Eike Rinke has put together a great program. Watch special announcements and social media to be directed to these events. We will also devote the Opening Plenary to the topic of open communication, science, and scholarship. I am delighted that Fiona Fidler, U of Melbourne, will provide a plenary keynote, followed by a panel discussion with ICA members Neil Lewis, Eike Rinke, Mike Wagner and Barbie Zelizer.
Watch this column in the upcoming months for more program highlights.
Claes de Vreese