By Anna Mercer
The BARS and NASSR Executives, in discussion with the organizing committee at Edge Hill University, have agreed to postpone the joint BARS/NASSR conference, originally scheduled for August 2021, until August 2022. We have reached this difficult decision after taking into consideration the unprecedented global circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on researchers in terms of health and safety, travel budgets, and transport infrastructure, as well as personal and professional circumstances. We now plan to run the joint conference from 2 to 5 August 2022. The organizers are working to ensure the event will be inclusive and diverse when it is safe to be held. While BARS and NASSR members will be understandably disappointed as we are about the postponement, we are grateful for your support as we move forward with our revised plans. BARS plans to collaborate with NASSR on a virtual event or events for the Summer 2021 season in light of this deferment and will keep BARS and NASSR members informed about developments and opportunities for participation.