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ASHRAE Cancels Annual Conference, Shifts Online

April 6, 2020
Emphasizing member safety, the 125-year-old industry group will now focus on virtual offerings. Read the letter from ASHRAE's Darryl Boyce.

Dear ASHRAE Members and Friends:

As we work together to navigate these unprecedented times, it is evident that the global COVID-19 pandemic has extended into the heart of our personal and professional lives. With guidance from our ASHRAE leadership, the 2020 Annual Conference and concurrent committee, council and Board of Directors meetings will no longer take place in Austin this June 27 – July 1. 

 We are working hard to create a platform to offer the business meetings, technical program and important Society updates in a new and convenient virtual format that complies with social distancing requirements and reflects the travel restrictions many of us are facing. While virtual interactions will never replace the hallmarks of our face-to-face conference, it will hopefully give many more members of our global community the opportunity to participate.

Our staff, working remotely as required by their local jurisdictions, have been able to maintain seamless operations and communications, as many of you have noted. They are working tirelessly to ensure the uncertain days ahead do not interrupt the mission of our Society. 

I will miss the warm handshakes and friendly side conversations, however, the health and safety of our members, families, friends and colleagues comes first.

Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks. If you have immediate questions, please contact [email protected].  

Stay safe and healthy.  We will get through this together.

Darryl K. Boyce, P. Eng., 2019-20 ASHRAE President

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