[ASA] ASM meeting date

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Tue Aug 19 00:32:21 AEST 2014

Dear ASA members,

In 2012, acting on requests made at the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), the ASA Council polled the ASA membership on what dates suited the community best for the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting.  The preference was for 20-25 July - trialling a date outside school holidays but still within the teaching break for many Universities.  The normal date for many years has been the University Common Week earlier in July.

Having now had the experience of this later date, the Council is interested in your opinion on the best dates for the meeting.  

Please use the link below to vote for your preferences on the dates for the ASM in the future.  The options suggested are:
early July - the University Common Week (e.g. 3-8 July 2016)
late July - outside school holidays but within the teaching break for many Universities (e.g. 18-22 July 2016)
alternating between these two periods
another period entirely (please suggest dates)
You can choose from Yes - If need be - No for each option.  
For reference, a list of the typical school holiday periods (for 2014-2015) are available at: http://australia.gov.au/topics/australian-facts-and-figures/school-term-dates/

The poll link is: http://doodle.com/ktdnpinzk5h6kbga  

The poll is open to all ASA members (including students) but it is a hidden poll.  The participants and the result are only shown to the poll initiator who, in this case, is John O’Byrne.  The poll will be open for 1 week only from today (Tuesday 19 August).  

The poll will close at 11.59pm on Monday 25 August.  

You may also wish to add a comment to your poll response (or respond directly to this email) with any comments you may have, for example highlighting what are the most important factors for you in defining a preferred date. Information about dates that would prevent your institution from bidding to host a future ASM would also be helpful.

Please take the time to fill in the poll. Your input is important and will help the ASA Council to ascertain community support for various conference dates. 

Note that the dates and location for the 2015 meeting are already fixed - 5-10 July 2015, hosted by Curtin University.

John O’Byrne


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