Measuring vegetation abundance on a long-term transect on the Santa Rita Experimental Range in 2015.
With sincere regret, we have decided to postpone the 17th Annual RISE (Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems) Symposium originally scheduled for 07 November 2020. We weighed the pros and cons and came down on the side of postponing, feeling that meeting virtually
-- as would be required under current University policies -- would be a poor substitute for the positive dynamics that have occurred during the 16 previous face-to-face deliveries of RISE.
WWe hope to reschedule sometime this spring 2021, contingent on face-to-face meetings being an option for University of Arizona venues, and finding a date that can accommodate speakers and attendees. Otherwise, we will host RISE #17 next fall 2021. The associated workshop by CyVerse and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) on processing NEON's Airborne Observatory Platform data will still take place this fall, although the dates have not been set. Contact Tyson Swetnam (email@example.com
) if you are interested in that workshop.
The Covid-19 Pandemic has changed so many things that we have taken for granted. In this case, we benefited greatly from 16 previous years of the face-to-face meetings. We developed a community of researchers and managers revolving around excellent speakers, posters and student involvement. But the heart of RISE has always been the spontaneous conversations leading to long-term and successful collaborations and friendships. Unfortunately, a remote delivery is a poor substitute for those bond-building and bond-sustaining conversations. That is at the heart of our decision to postpone the Symposium -- in hopes of things turning around by next spring.
Our heart-felt apologies to the invited speakers who agreed to develop presentations and share their work and to the students planning poster presentations and the Poster Contest. We realize that this leaves a potential void in your professional development, and we are deeply sorry for that.
We will assess COVID-19 pandemic circumstances in January/February 2021 and get back to you with an update.
RISE Organizing Committee