Update March 16, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

It is with very mixed feelings that I write on behalf of Barbara Muskat, IASWG President, myself, and the rest of the symposium planning committee, to let you know that because of COVID-19, travel bans, and NYU restrictions for gatherings, we are going to cancel our onsite symposium in June. We have made this decision after much discussion and in view of information from the CDC and WHO, and the closing of many institutions to contain the spread of this virus. We felt we needed to make this decision now so that you would not book travel or hotel arrangements.  

At this point, we plan to offer the symposium virtually through zoom, though it will not be the full symposium. We are working to move pre-conference institutes, plenary presentations, invitationals, as well as a small group of workshops, discovery, and exploratory sessions to live synchronous sessions enabled by Zoom. We are also planning to offer digital poster sessions. 

We are working on a preliminary schedule right now that factors in multiple time zones, and considering offering presenters a chance to record their presentation and share it with us for archiving on the IASWG website. We will update you as we work through these challenges. 

If you have concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]. We will do our very best to ensure that this year's symposium is robust, offers us a chance to come together to share knowledge and skills, and meet our mission to celebrate and promulgate social work with groups.

I look forward to connecting and planning with you in the coming weeks.

I wish you good health and safety,


Dana Grossman Leeman, Chair of Symposia, IASWG