The 2020 Offshore Technology Conference, earlier postponed from its scheduled dates in May, has been canceled for the year amid continued health and travel concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the OTC board of directors announced April 2.
The conference, originally scheduled May 4-7 in Houston, announced in March that it was postponing with the hope of rescheduling to August or September. But by canceling for the year, the OTC board of directors “felt this decision was the most feasible and responsible for staff, exhibitors, partners, attendees, and the Houston community,” it said in a news release.
“Our priority is the health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors, and we have taken federal, state and local guidelines into account in making our decision,” Cindy Yeilding, OTC chairperson, said in the announcement. “We would like to thank the staff, authors, partners, volunteers, students, teachers and all involved with OTC for the dedication and hard work they have contributed to the 2020 event. As we face this uncharted territory, we remain confident of OTC’s critical role in the offshore industry’s future and eagerly anticipate a robust OTC 2021.”
To preserve the work of the program committee and authors, technical papers and presentations will be made available at a later date on OnePetro.org, the statement said.
Planning for OTC 2021 has begun, the conference said. The call for papers will open on May 28, 2020. OTC 2021 is scheduled for May 3-6 in Houston.
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