As universities and universities, academic associations had been waiting for something that resembled a normal academic year. That meant programming the annual conferences in person again, after more than the year of virtual programs.

The delta variant, of course, has frustrated those plans and led some organizations to transition to virtual meetings once again.

The American Sociological Association, for example, canceled its Chicago Conference, planned by last month, after "it became clear that the global health crisis would not be resolved by our meeting dates and a great meeting of people from all over the world. I would present an unsustainable health risk, "said Nancy Kidd, executive director of the group.

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    Instead of meeting in person, the ASA received Sociol Ogists to an online meeting that included hundreds of sessions, as well as virtual social events, games and exhibitions. Kidd said the event was successful, in terms of assistance and commitment. The 2022 meeting of the group is still scheduled for Los Angeles.

    The Association of Public Universities and Subsidy Last week, it stopped at its annual meeting, established for Philadelphia in November. The group will now convene your meeting online.

    Jeff Liensnon, Apli spokesman, said: "We wanted to have a meeting in person and that was the plan." But after having conversations with members from all over the country and examining the state of the pandemic, including the spread of the Delta variant, said, the group determined that it was not "practical to have an annual meeting in person. The health and safety of the Apli staff and members have been and will always be a higher priority. "

    Other associations are advancing with conferences in person this year, citing the desire for members of this type of experience. Conscious of health risks, organizations say they are taking their health and safety signals from federal and local officials. This generally means establishing expectations or requiring assistants to vacve and masks are used.

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    'are surprised at the experience in person'

    The Meeting of the American Political Science Association begins on September 30 in Seattle. It is expected that some 2,500 academics are presented. It is expected that another 2,500 are registered virtually. Person attendees should show a total vaccination test, wear masks and take social care into account.

    pre-pandemic, APSA could expect 6,000 to 7,000 political scientists to attend their annual meeting. The first and probably the first totally virtual conference, held last year, saw about 6,000 attendees. The organization was happy with that participation. But it was decided in a face-to-face format this year, due in part to the comments of the members.

    "We have certainly heard of our members that surprise the experience in person. There is no doubt." Steven Rathgeb Smith, Executive Director of APSA. "And I think it is particularly true for graduate students and younger academics who are in the early stages of their careers, since the types of contacts they perform at a meeting in person and the possibility of showing their work are all invaluable ".

    The American Association of Studies is celebrating its annual meeting at the beginning of next month in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The four-day conference, in person will be immediately followed by a virtual conference. John Stephens, executive director of the Association, said 60 percent of the members said they wanted to meet in person when they were surveyed about their preferences in

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