CECA Annual Conference
The annual conference is the highlight of the CECA year. It is held in a different place in the world each year and lasts several days which give the possibility of Study tours in the museums of the country considered. A call for contributions is usually launched two months before, and any member of CECA can propose an intervention. It is the committee that runs the conference for the year that sets the final program.
The CECA annual conference was supposed to be held in Leuven, Belgium, from October 12 to 16, 2020.
The circumstances in which we find ourselves at present are exceptional.
Within this framework, difficult decisions have to be taken. No one knows what the world will be like in October.
Shall we be able to travel internationally? Will our financial means and our work assignments allow us to come to Leuven? Will the social distancing be respected? In other words, it would be unrealistic and irresponsible to plan a conference as usual.
The CECA Board’s considered that the times are too uncertain for the conference to continue this year in its planned form.
In consultation with the parties involved, the Board has taken the decision to postpone the 2020 annual CECA conference in Leuven to october 2021.
In this way we can still do justice to all the work and investments that our partners in Belgium have made to complete the organisation for this year. We are well aware of the disadvantage of holding the CECA annual conference in Europe for two consecutive years, the general conference being scheduled to take place in Prague in 2022. Unfortunately, we felt that this could not be avoided.
These circumstances also oblige us to explore new ways: how can we continue to exchange and share our knowledge and experience and how can we benefit from them now and in the future?
This year we have initiated the establishment of Special Interest Groups to promote interactivity within the CECA network.
There are now seven groups that you can join if you are interested. As there will be no physical meeting of members this year, we will be offering alternative, digital means of sharing and discussing with the CECA community.
We will keep you informed.
If you have any suggestions yourself, please do not hesitate to share them with one of the Board members.