What to Expect at This Year’s Virtual AIHce EXP
Many professionals find virtual conferences convenient because they are accessible anywhere, including from attendees’ homes. They can adapt the event to fit their schedule and not have to pay travel costs to get there. But the virtual version of AIHce EXP 2021 is better than convenient: it’s a fully fleshed-out, unique program that happens to be hosted online. (Attendees also have the option to attend some events on-site in Dallas.)
Education sessions are the backbone of AIHce EXP, particularly for participants who register for the virtual conference: practically all AIHce EXP education sessions will be accessible online. However, AIHA’s virtual program supports most other conference event types, so virtual attendees don’t have to worry about missing the conference’s other highlights. (Note that all of these options are subject to change.)
AIHA’s online platform supports most of the professional development courses that will take place in the days before and after the conference. As with education sessions, attendees will be able to participate fully online and interact with presenters and fellow attendees. For all PDCs and education sessions available in virtual or hybrid forms, look here.
Opening and closing sessions presented by this year’s keynote speakers will be fully accessible to online attendees through the virtual platform!
Expo Hall and Learning Pavilions
Exhibitors in the Expo Hall will have virtual listings for their companies, where attendees can download information, view videos, and speak to representatives. Live and pre-recorded learning pavilion demonstrations will also be available to watch on the virtual platform.
Volunteer Group and Committee Meetings
Virtual attendees don’t need to miss gathering with their volunteer groups and AIHA committees. Online meetings will occur during the two weeks preceding and following the conference, and a hybrid meeting option will be available during the conference. In the hybrid format, up to 8 individuals—the committee officers, Board, and staff liaison members, and the CEO if available—will meet in-person in Dallas. Other members will attend virtually through Zoom or Teams.
The AIHF Fun Run, sponsored by Amazon, CHUBB Ltd., and Steel Dynamics, will occur virtually this year as it did in 2020. Participants will sign up, either as a single person or with a group of up to four, for the options to walk 2.5 kilometers, run 5km, or bike 10km over a period starting two weeks before the May conference and ending two weeks afterward. You may walk, run, or bike in your neighborhood or wherever else you wish—an official Fun Run event will not be held on-site during the conference. Times will be submitted electronically. Participants will receive a T-shirt and a promotional bag, with prizes given to outstanding participants. In the weeks leading up to the Fun Run, participants also may enter a raffle. Fun Run proceeds will go towards IH/OEHS scholarships for the coming year.
Mark of Excellence Ceremony
AIHA’s Mark of Excellence ceremony celebrates all distinguished members for the year, including Named Award recipients, new AIHA fellows, AIHF scholarship beneficiaries, STAR, and Student Poster award winners, and members recognized by volunteer groups, and local sections. Traditionally, all AIHA members were welcome to attend the ceremony, at which the AIHA president would present the awards to the winners. This year, only awardees will attend the ceremony in person—all others can watch via the virtual platform.
Health and Wellness Sessions
Attending a virtual conference doesn’t mean that you’re bound to your chair. AIHA is recording health and wellness sessions that attendees will be able to participate in through the virtual platform, during the conference, and at their convenience.
Although online formats often present a networking challenge, virtual AIHce attendees will have a chance to participate in the CareerAdvantage job fair. During the conference, AIHA encourages IH/OEHS employers to post open positions to the CareerAdvantage job board, and virtual attendees can submit their resumes for consideration.
Research and Case Study Roundups
Research and case study roundups are sets of 30-minute presentations on the same topic, presented together in hour-long time blocks. Attendees may also access them on the virtual platform.
Virtual Platform Exclusives
Finally, a handful of events will be exclusively available with registration to the virtual conference. These include interviews with both opening and closing keynote speakers, which will take a more in-depth look into topics relevant to their presentations.
As the conference approaches, more information will be available about these and other events—so check the AIHce EXP 2021 website and refer to the full virtual schedule to stay up to date. To register, click here; group rates are also available.