ISLS2022 Going Fully Online

Dear ISLS members,

After extensive discussions of the Local Organizing Committee and in consultation with the conference committee chairs, the ISLS president, and the board, we decided to hold the ISLS2022 annual meeting as a fully online conference. We know that many of you were looking forward to visiting Japan and we were very much looking forward to hosting you. Given the uncertainty and constantly changing situation locally and across the globe, we believe that this is the right the decision to make and the best time to make it. We are also certain that we can hold an exciting and inspiring conference online. Stay tuned for updates as we continue our planning!  

We will use Whova and Gather as we did in the 2021 annual meeting. The possible timetable is shown below. We will use two overlapping time zones (“JST and America,” and “JST and Europe/Africa”) as slots for participants to present their work and exchange their ideas with the audience. Given the disparate time zones across the globe it is impossible to schedule all presentations during working hours, and some presentations may be slotted for early morning or late evening times. However, we will do our best to schedule presentations at a comfortable time slot as much as possible.  

In addition to the fully online conference, we plan to have the local events in Hiroshima. We will announce these events and hope that some of our society members will be able to attend in person and participate in these events.  

Acceptance notifications will be out in mid-February. Please look out for these emails. 

We wish you a happy holiday and a happy new year!!! 

ISLS2022 Local Organizing Committee 

Table 1. Possible timetable for ISLS2022 online conference. 

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