This is an update on the 95th annual meeting scheduled for January 13-15 , 2021 at the Hilton in Portland, Oregon
Dear OPDMC members, as promised the Executive Committee convened this week and due to current circumstances with Covid-19 has determined that we will NOT host normal in person or virtual live OPDMC. This is also due to the Hilton in Portland not actively holding or scheduling meetings. However, we WILL offer a Virtual recorded meeting online that can be viewed at anytime after it is posted online.
Much of the allure and utility of the meeting in Portland, OR is the research updates, but also the evening social, coffee breaks, and group meals spent catching up with colleagues. Rather than attempt to recreate that virtually, we thought it best to provide a different platform for the research and save the social aspects for next year. it is in the best interest of our members that we cancel the 2021 in person meeting in January.
So just how will this work?
We will continue to collect titles and research reports by request from the Executive Director as normal. “Presenters” will be asked to submit longer more complete reports of 1-2 pages in length with figures for the online Program book. We will also encourage, but not require, presenters to record PowerPoint presentations that we can link to each report in the program online. The reports and presentations would be posted online January 11, 2021 and available to download and view by OPDMC members at anytime thereafter. With the primary presenters permission, we will include their contact information with the report so the “audience” may follow-up with questions.
This decision was not easy. The OPDMC Board of Directors conducted a survey in August to determine the best alternative way to proceed with our meeting, such as a virtual live conference, if we are unable to hold our normal event in Portland, OR. Thank you to all that participate in the survey. The results showed less than half of our members would attend a live-online virtual event. many of the researchers that normally present will continue to do so at other meetings this winter and are thus likely to see one another’s progress elsewhere. However, OPDMC provides other opportunities that will be lost by our cancellation this year; students presenting their research for the first time, crop consultants and growers obtaining new important information, industry professionals keeping their finger on the pulse of research from multiple projects, and probably most importantly the personal interaction that we all enjoy talking with colleagues at various breaks.
Please keep an eye out for the call of papers with instructions. We greatly appreciate everyones continued support of OPDMC by participating in our semi Virtual program. Lastly, the Board of Directors passed a motion to retain executive committee leadership from 2021 forward to the 2022 meeting.
Cancelling OPDMC is difficult for us to comprehend, but the Board of Directors is thinking positively how we can continue our tradition of sharing the most recent research results with our members. Thank you for your patience and understanding. You can always reach out to any one of us with any questions or comments.
Peter McGhee – Executive Director
Rodney Cooper – Past Chair
Allison Walston – Chair
Chris Adams- Chair Elect
Nik Wiman – Treasurer
Louis Nottingham – Program Chair
Alix Whitener – Secretary
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