This year, we recognize more than ever that the safety of our members is a top priority. There are many of us who greatly look forward to the 2021 conference but are still apprehensive about travel or participation in such a large event. For this reason, SPS is planning a hybrid event (SPS-Online) for the 2021 Annual Meeting. This means you can decide whether you attend in person, on the campus of The King's University in Southlake, Texas or attend from the comfort and safety of your home. If you do decide to attend online, we want you to know there are no corners cut on ensuring the online experience brings just as much energy, engagement, and choices of event attendance that you have come to enjoy from SPS. Right now, there is an incredible group of people working tirelessly to build this online platform to include personal interviews, digital media, and livestream links that will allow you to view the parallel and plenary sessions. Along with this, they are building in chat features and personal meeting space to give you as close to a live experience as possible where you can interact with colleagues and friends. As this content comes together, we will begin featuring some of the highlights on the SPS website to give you a sneak peek at what is in the works. This is a new and incredibly exciting aspect of the 2021 conference. I am sincerely grateful for the men and women volunteering their time and creativity to bring this project to life.
Registration for the 2021 annual meeting is open but the early bird deadline is near. If you plan to attend but haven’t decided if you plan to travel to Texas or participate online, we would like for you go ahead and register, knowing you can change your preference on how you attend the conference at a later date. Given all of the the challenges we’ve faced this year, we want you to have some extra time to make that final decision on how you want to attend the conference. We hope you will join us in-person this March. However, if this just isn’t practical or the best choice for you then we do hope you will join us through the online conference. Regardless of how you attend, I do not believe you will be disappointed in this year’s selection of papers, speakers, and roundtable events as we engage this year’s theme of global violence against women.