Update on NSTA Boston National Conference
April 6 Update on the 2020 NSTA National Conference on Science Education
To the Science Education Community:
With profound sadness, we announce that NSTA will not hold a future event in Boston this fall to replace the National Conference on Science Education, originally scheduled for April 2–5.
We did our best to reschedule the Boston conference, but it was simply impossible to coordinate all the elements necessary for a successful conference. (Please note that as of now, the STEM Forum & Expo and the NSTA Area Conferences this fall in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Phoenix will still proceed as planned.)
For those who were registered for the April 2–5 NSTA 2020 Boston National Conference on Science Education, we offer the following options:
- Transfer registration fees to the NSTA 2021 National Conference on Science Education. The 2021 National Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, April 8–11, 2021.
- Donate to NSTA. Consider donating your registration and associated conference fees to NSTA and receive a tax deduction for the total value. With the cancellation of our face-to-face meeting, NSTA needs your support now more than ever so we can continue to provide the quality resources and professional learning that thousands of educators rely on.
- Request a refund. Request a full refund for your conference registration and any other NSTA conference events for which you prepaid.
To request one of these options, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and invoice number or confirmation e-mail. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of your request. Please respond by April 30, 2020. After April 30, registration fees will be automatically transferred to your NSTA account for future products and services over the next 12 months.
If you have already replied to NSTA and have selected one of these options above, we request your patience as we work through the hundreds of e-mails we have received so far. You do not need to send in another response. If you did contact us requesting the transfer to the fall Boston conference, please e-mail us with your now preferred option so we can properly update our records and process your new request.
Thank you—NSTA members, registered attendees, exhibitors, session presenters, featured speakers, volunteers, and partners—for your understanding. We look forward to hearing your preference for how to handle the funds you committed to the Boston conference.
P.S. NSTA is committed to supporting teachers in this challenging time. Over the past few weeks, we have offered free membership, teaching resources and lesson plans updated daily, and virtual professional learning opportunities that will help teachers through this unprecedented time.
Now is the time for all stakeholders to come together as a united community to help all teachers of science as they struggle to understand and navigate this new normal in education. If you have ideas or would like to help in this effort, please let us know; send an e-mail to email@example.com.