ACADEMY 2021 BOSTON

Safety First

The American Academy of Optometry, at this time, remains cautiously optimistic we will be meeting in Boston. As such, planning continues to move forward for Academy 2021 Boston, for both a safe, socially-distanced, in-person meeting, as well as a virtual meeting option, to be offered after the conclusion of the on-site meeting and before the end of the year.

We ask that you take a moment to complete our “Intent to Attend” survey if you did not receive the May President’s Calling. The survey will remain open until Friday, May 21. Your responses will help us to gauge your comfort level in attending an in-person meeting, given the increase of vaccinations and the decrease in travel bans. We thank you for your participation.

We will continue to communicate updates related to Academy 2021 Boston as they become available.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Scientific Program Submission Window: May 1 – May 31 at 5 PM ET
  • Residents Day Submission Window: August 2 – August 23 at 5 PM ET
  • Early Bird Registration Ends August 23

Health & Safety Guidelines

Our top priority is the health and safety of all Academy 2021 Boston attendees, corporate partners, exhibitors, and staff. In planning for a live meeting and in partnership with the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), the Academy will adhere to all local, state, and CDC regulations and guidelines.

While health and safety guidelines continue to evolve, the Academy will abide by all recommendations in place which still may include:

  • Required use of masks within the BCEC;
  • Increased spacing to enable social distancing in all areas of the meeting, including session rooms, exhibit hall, lounges, and public spaces;
  • Smaller capacity meeting rooms with spaced seating and designated entrances and exits to assist with one-way flows if required;
  • Increased directional signage within the BCEC to direct attendee traffic;
  • Additional signage to remind attendees about social distancing, handwashing, mask requirements, etc.;
  • Attendee service areas designed to limit contact, plus additional safety measures, such as plexiglass dividers between attendees and ancillary service areas (such as Registration);
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the BCEC;
  • Enhanced cleaning schedules and filtration systems within the BCEC;
  • Designated onsite medical professionals to assist as needed.

For specific Massachusetts guidelines, click here.

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