Update on CONASTA 69 and COVID-19
Ensuring the health and safety of our delegates, staff and the general public is our number one priority. The CONASTA 69 conference organising committee is aware of the increasing health concerns and escalating developments that have occurred over the last several days. Due to the World Health Organisation declaration of pandemic status for COVID-19 and advice we have received from our conference partners, the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Board of Directors voted unanimously that CONASTA 69 in Canberra (July 5 – 8, 2020) will no longer go ahead. ASTA staff and the conference organising committee are exploring options for a possible virtual event and will provide an update once a final decision has been made.
As Australia’s peak representative body for Science Teachers, we adhere to the facts involved, including precautionary measures issued by the Australian Government Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/ and the World Health Organisation. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
We ask for your continued patience and understanding as staff work through all existing commitments and logistical issues associated with running a large conference. We will be in touch soon with updates about future events but we kindly request that you cancel any airline, hotel or other travel arrangements that you may have made.
We thank everyone that has been a part of helping us bring this event to life over the last several months, our co-host the Science Educators Association of the Australian Capital Territory; presenters; sponsors; exhibitors; suppliers; staff and volunteers. Whilst this has been a very difficult decision to make, we have done so in the best interests of everyone.
Shenal Basnayake
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Science Teachers Association
P: +61 (02) 6282 9377
PO Box 334
Deakin West  ACT  2600

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