[ 22/03/2021] Announcing full online transition of JpGU 2021 Annual Meeting

Format of the Annual Meeting 2021 of the Japan Geoscience Union

Eiichi Tajika, President, Japan Geoscience Union

Since September last year, we have been preparing for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU 2021), with the aim of holding the meeting in a hybrid format with both on-site and online components. Unfortunately, it has become clear that the Covid 19 vaccination program will not be sufficiently implemented in time for this year's meeting to ensure the safe participation of attendees. In addition, our experience since last year has highlighted the difficulties of forecasting the number of infected people. We believe this uncertainty contributed to a much smaller number of applicants for on-site poster presentations than had been hoped for. Taking the current conditions into account, we have decided now is the appropriate time to decide whether to have an on-site component to the 2021 meeting—although this is one month earlier that the original planned time of April. As a result of today's discussions at the Board of Directors, we have concluded that this year's meeting should be moved to a fully online format. We are very sorry to all of you who were looking forward to the on-site event. We hope you will understand that the safety and health of all participants must be our top priority. We will strive to prepare for the fully online meeting in a way to ensure all participants and presenters have an enjoyable and satisfying experience. We look forward to your online participation.

Preparations for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union

Koji Wada, Chair, Meeting Organization Committee

As announced by the President, the 2021 JpGU Annual Meeting will be held entirely online. As a result of this change, the on-site oral presentations and events scheduled for May 30-June 1 will now be conducted online using Zoom and with the same schedule and program as originally planned. We apologize for the inconvenience to those who were expecting to make and/or visit onsite poster presentations. We are now requesting that all poster presentations are displayed using the Confit online platform. There will also be opportunities for the participants to interact with presenters. We hope you will have a fulfilling and satisfactory experience at the fully online meeting including the poster presentations.

Although the meeting will now be fully online, we are preparing opportunities to encourage active discussion and interaction among participants in both oral and poster presentations. We will keep you informed of the registration process and other details as they become available. We sincerely ask for your understanding of the situation and look forward to working with you to make the 2021 meeting an exciting and successful experience.