SOPAC® 2021 Update - Hybrid to Virtual Only - 29-30 March 2021

by Stephen Coates, President, IIA-Australia | Feb 25, 2021
The IIA-Australia Board met this morning and discussed the upcoming SOPAC® Conference in Brisbane. While the overall cases of COVID-19 cases are low, there remains a level of anxiety about attending SOPAC® in person. There are legitimate concerns about lockdowns suddenly being imposed by State governments and how this might affect travel, not to mention the possibility of lengthy periods in quarantine. Recognising this, many employers continue to maintain non-essential travel policy restrictions for their staff which is preventing attendance.

In order to provide certainty, SOPAC® 2021 will now go ahead as a virtual-only conference over two days (29-30 March). Delegates will be able to hear from distinguished keynote speakers and have access to speakers from four concurrent streams – just as you would experience in the real-life format.

The fully virtual SOPAC® 2021 conference will be hosted on the vFairs platform which is designed to mimic the dynamics of a physical event with an intuitive interface. Its immersive, colourful environment offers delegates a convenient way to browse content as well as participate in various networking opportunities with other delegates and with sponsors.

Further, online delegates will be able to access recordings of over 40 speakers' presentations in the month following SOPAC® via the vFairs platform.

You should have received the SOPAC® Conference program in the mail. I would encourage you to register for virtual access to an impressive line-up of national and international speakers.

Delegates who have registered to attend SOPAC® in-person will be contacted by IIA-Australia office staff over coming days.

Thank you for your continued support. We want to protect the quality and standing of SOPAC® as a world-leading conference while protecting your welfare and addressing your concerns.