Announcement of the Executives of the associations involved in the worldconference/Birmingham:
EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis), ITAA (International Transactional Analysis Association), FTAA (Federation of Transactional Analysis Associations), UKATA (United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis), IARTA (International Association for Relational Transactional Analysis) and IDTA (Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis) decided in 2019 to organize in Birmingham 2020 a TA world conference, the membership meetings of ITAA and EATA and the General Assembly’s there, CTA and TSTA exams and TEW and some connected events.
A great deal of time, money and energy has gone into the planning of this conference and it was hoped that this would be a great success which we have all been looking forward to.
As a result of Covid 19 many lengthy discussions have been had in order to decide what the best way forward is.
After the meeting on the 10/4/20 of the presidents of all 6 organising associations, the treasurers of EATA and ITAA and Julie Hay, it was decided that the exams and TEW should be postponed and that the council, BOT and General Assembly meetings would be held online.
Due to this decision the world conference will not go ahead as planned.
The presidents will meet with the organizing team at a later date to talk about ways an online or hybrid conference can be supported.
We distinguish between Council/ BOT meeting, exams and TEW on the one hand and conference on the other hand. We have a special responsibility as Executives if we invite delegates, candidates and examiners and expect them to come to do their duty. Conference participants, on the other hand, are free to act as individuals and take responsibility for their own choices.
After a long, painful and fruitful discussion, we came to the following statement/ assessment:
EATA and ITAA will cancel the on site Council and Board of Trustees meetings and instead, hold these online in the same timeframe.
EATA and ITAA will cancel the onsite General Assembly and instead organise an online General Assembly at the same time as originally planned.
The EATA Executive Committee recommends that COC and PTSC postpone the exams and the TEW to a later point of time. The question of the quality of online exams and TEW should be discussed seriously – but in accordance with COC and PTSC we do not see it as an option now. The ITAA Executive Committee supports this view.
We recommend clarifying the final obligations with Hilton Hotel so that questions of refunding can be properly addressed once we know the full financial picture.
We do very much regret this outcome, but we act in this way to provide clarity and protection for our members. If you have any questions or comments about this statement, please contact your association that is named above. If you have any questions about refunds, those need to be addressed to the organising committee and Julie Hay as the chairperson.
Elana Leigh, President ITAA
Rhae Hooper, Joint President FTAA
Charlotte Sills, onbehalf of IARTA
Bev Gibbons, President UKATA
AnnieRogers, Joint President FTAA
John Oates, Treasurer ITAA
Anna Krieb, Treasurer EATA
Peter Rudolph, President EATA