As you are aware, COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact and forced the cancellation of many face to face events. The ANZARME committee held off making a final decision on the viability of our 2020 Gold Coast Conference as long as possible, and concluded that it is just not possible to proceed at this time. While we are disappointed that we cannot go ahead as originally planned, we are excited to announce that we will be going ahead with ANZARME 2020 as an online event.
The online conference will run over October 3 – 4 (in line with original conference dates) and we are grateful to The University of Melbourne for their kind offer of hosting the online conference. Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts now, and successful presenters will then be invited to create a 15 – 20 video of their presentation for uploading into the conference platform at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Presentations will then be available for viewing by conference delegates from this time. The conference will then comprise a series of themed online sessions over the two days October 3 – 4. Details as follows:
What to do
If you are interested in presenting, the call for abstracts is now open. Abstracts up to 250 words must be registered and submitted via the ANZARME website https://anzarme.com.au/ before August 21. Abstracts will be double blind peer reviewed, and successful presenters will be notified as soon as possible. This process complies with current conference arrangements
Once accepted, presenters will be asked to create a 15 – 20 minute video of their presentation and upload it via the link on the ANZARME website. A slide template will be available for presenters on the ANZARME website, and videos can be in any format. Technical help will be available through the website, and presentations must be uploaded by September 17 at the latest.
All wishing to access the online conference will be asked to register through the ANZARME website, whether presenting or not. We are pleased to announce that the cost of the conference will only be $50 for delegates, and $25 for students.
Further details on the actual online format will be forthcoming soon. At the moment, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes finalising the technical arrangements and I am grateful to ANZARME committee members Dr Emily Wilson, Dr Brad Merrick, Martin Emo and Associate Professor Annie Mitchell for their work at relatively short notice to get this event up and running. The website is currently being updated and should reflect the above within the next two weeks.
Importantly, ANZARME 2020 will be going ahead. Please make sure you submit your abstracts as soon as possible if you interested in presenting in this exciting new format.
I am also pleased to announce that ANZARME 2021 is planned for the Gold Coast, and ANZARME 2022 for Invercargill in New Zealand.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you to ANZARME 2020 online.
Dr Geoffrey M Lowe
Senior Lecturer in Music Education
Edith Cowan University