Message from ASEH Past Presidents about
ASEH 2020 Cancellation
Dear ASEH Community,
On behalf of ASEH, we write as past presidents of the society to ask for your help.
We ask that you stand behind and fully support the ASEH Executive Committee’s decision to cancel this year’s meeting in Ottawa. Everything we know from the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa tells us that social distancing, banning of large public gatherings, voluntary self-quarantining when sick, and minimizing or eliminating travel have been the most effective strategies to slow a pathogen’s spread. We all need to do our part in protecting the public’s health and, particularly, the most vulnerable members in the population.
This decision was not taken lightly and has significant economic repercussions. Our liability insurance does not cover cancellation costs due to communicable disease. It requires a special rider, which few, if any professional societies, ever purchase. As a consequence, ASEH could face as much as $250,000 in cancellation fees. This will have serious implications for the society’s financial future and our ability to support graduate students and lower income scholars.
Here are a few suggestions of what you can do to help:
Thank you for your attention, understanding, and support.