Akron, Ohio – The ACS Rubber Division has made the decision to take its 2020 International Elastomer Conference virtual because of the continued impact of the coronavirus global pandemic.
The event had been scheduled for 20-22 October at the Knoxville Convention Centre in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Akron-based technical association said that cancelling the in-person event was the "safest and most responsible action," due to the still-unknown factors related to Covid-19.
"The health and safety of all involved with the International Elastomer Conference ultimately outweighed any other considerations,” said Lakisha Miller-Barclay, Rubber Division executive director and CEO, said in a statement issued July 29.
The Rubber Division will work with scheduled speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and industry partners to plan the IEC 2020 experience, Miller-Barclay said, adding that a decision is still being made on the best platform to use for the virtual IEC.
Miller-Barclay said the association guaranteed “the same great content” in the virtual event.