As we informed you earlier, the XIIIth International Controlled and Modified Atmosphere Research Conference (CAMA) is going ahead coming August from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 of August, 2021. This time, CAMA2021 will be organised as a pure online event to make sure you can join CAMA2021 from your own safe comfortable environment. This will reduce the costs of the conference considerably. First of there is no need for you to invest in costly travel and accommodation but also from our side we are able to reduce the organisational costs. This is reflected by the new registration fees (Students €50, ISHS member €200, non-ISHS member €250) that include the conference proceedings published by the ISHS. There will be no early bird registration with the same fees applying to everyone. People already registered will receive reimbursement of the surplus amount payed.
To allow as many people to join from everywhere around the globe we have scheduled all activities during our afternoon (CEST time). In addition, presentations will be recorded to allow access at times more convenient to your situation. At this very moment we are finalising the concepts for the online event accommodating highly interactive sessions for both poster and oral presentations. Presenters of oral contributions will get the possibility to prepare full video presentations available for online previewing, while the actual presentation timeslots during the programme will be used for intensive discussion and Q&A introduced by a short 5 min live summary presentation. Similar for the poster presentations, authors will be invited to, next to their static poster, upload a short recruiting video to introduce themselves and their research and to invite people to come to their online presentation timeslot. During the actual poster timeslots people can meet around the poster and the author can make use of all online means to interact with the audience.
Also sponsors will be accommodated for and informal networking between the participants will be stimulated. Authors are stimulated, when enrolling within the conference environment, to complete their personal profile with details on their background, interests and expertise to facilitate networking during the conference.
With the theme ‘Fast Forward to a Fresh Future’ we aim at creating a unique exchange forum for discussing recent progress in scientific knowledge and industrial development of controlled and modified atmosphere technology for fruit and vegetables. During the event, we provide ample opportunities for presenting fundamental and applied research and technical innovations, discussions with international experts from academia and industry, and exhibitions of new products and services.
The conference will be organised by the staff of the MeBioS Postharvest group of KU Leuven and the Flanders Centre of Postharvest Technology, in close collaboration with the ISHS and the EU RoxyCOST action. Altogether we plan to create an online event worthwhile joining and actively contributing to. We are thrilled to explore together with you this new concept and will do our utmost best to turn this exceptional edition of CAMA2021 into a memorable success providing an inspiring scientific exchange forum.
Looking forward to e-meeting you at CAMA2021 coming August.
Bart Nicolaï and Maarten Hertog, conference chairs.