When we cancelled BASEES 2020, we were all anticipating to welcome delegates back from across the globe at next year’s conference in Glasgow, the first BASEES annual conference to be held in Scotland. Planning for the move North had progressed very well, but in consultation with our partners at CEES, University of Glasgow over the last two months, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone this conference as well. The continuing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the possibility of (institutional) travel restrictions, and widespread cuts to travel allowances at many universities, made the planning for an event with an anticipated audience of 500 impossible. This is, of course, unwelcome news for many of our members, but continuing the preparations for Glasgow2021 under the current circumstances would have exposed the association to an unacceptably high financial risk. The Covid-19 crisis thus forced us to reschedule the major BASEES events for the next five years. The next annual conference will take place back at Robinson College, Cambridge in 2022, we will then move up North to Glasgow in 2023, before returning to Cambridge in 2024. In 2025 BASEES will not hold an annual conference as we will be hosting the ICCEES World Congress in London in August.
The cancellation of this and next year’s conference will not mean BASEES will stop organising scholarly events over the next two years, but we will focus on smaller face-to-face, online, and hybrid conferences and workshops. In September 2020 BASEES was supposed to hold the regional conference ‘Globalising Eastern Europe – New Perspectives on Transregional Entanglements’ in collaboration with the Leibniz ScienceCampus ‘Eastern Europe – Global Area’ (EEGA) in Leipzig, Germany. Unfortunately, this event has now also been postponed. It will be moved to 21-24 April 2021 and there will be a further opportunity to submit paper and panel proposals. In September 2020, a small-scale event will be held in Leipzig and it will be streamed online. I hope many BASEES members will join it. We will circulate further information on the event via the Bulletin, mailing list and social media in due course.