Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and the persistent uncertainty on travel restrictions, country lock-downs and physical distancing requirements, the Eurosoil 2021 organisers decided to transform the physical 2021 congress into a virtual congress from 23 -27 August 2021.
This decision was taken by the committee in order to ensure the smooth planning and delivery of this event in the most serene and fair conditions for the participants, speakers, sponsors, contributors, and organisers.
One of the key benefits of a virtual event is providing on-demand content for viewers from across the globe for a longer period of time than simply the dates of the “live” event. This allows the opportunity for a much larger audience to experience and access Eurosoil content according to everyone’s own schedule, time zone and pace.
No! As a direct result of the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its far-reaching consequences on travel, gatherings, and social distancing rules, Eurosoil decided to transition the physical event, planned for 23–27 August 2021 in Geneva, into a fully digital congress on the same dates.
Eurosoil’s primary concern is the health and safety of its whole community including ECSSS members, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors, as well as local staff and suppliers. Eurosoil decided to move to a digital experience and ensure continued education and science to its leading research scientists and everyone involved in the field of soil science. The Eurosoil organisers see this digital event as an opportunity to widen the audience and maximise the interactions, in particular between stakeholders, thus increasing the Connecting People and Soil value of Eurosoil.
The Eurosoil organisers, committee, and local partners consulted regularly to discuss the situation, its evolution, and the uncertainty of consequences on everyday life and especially large gatherings of people. A decision had to be taken with enough time to allow for the organisation of a unique and innovative Eurosoil experience, virtually.
The virtual event (with “live” and interactive sessions) took place from 23 to 27 August 2021.
Of course, as the congress was virtual, content will be available for viewing/re-viewing for a longer period of time.