As one of SCHOMS central CPD activities, attendance at Integrated System Europe (ISE) has been a regular event in our calendar. As you will all be aware the much-heralded relocation to FIRA Barcelona was curtailed by the global COVID-19 pandemic. There is much that is still unknown about the new host city and venue and the SCHOMS Executive Committee gave the matter some consideration at their recent Executive Meeting.
The plan for 2021 would have been to send an exploratory group for the first year of ISE in Barcelona to unpick any complications and to understand the implications of the change of venue. As regular attendees to ISE at the RAI will know, Amsterdam is a city with excellent communication and transport links and there is accommodation of all types to suit all needs. Although Barcelona promises to be an exciting new chapter in the AV world, none of this can be taken for granted. The Executive Committee wanted to ensure future ventures to ISE at FIRA Barcelona were a viable proposition, offering all of the expected opportunities available in Amsterdam at a price point that will work with the SCHOMS & ISE Sponsored Buyers model that has been successful for a number of years.
ISE 2022 is now just over the horizon. Travel for business in Higher Education is still limited whilst the world adjusts to the ‘new normal’. Changes to travel opportunities can alter overnight with governments monitoring the levels of infection closely and so a degree of uncertainty remains. It is with this in mind that the SCHOMS Executive has come to the conclusion that attempting to run a full sponsored attendance at ISE FIRA Barcelona in 2022 holds too many risks at this time. There is still a chance that a visit to assess the opportunities for following years may still be possible by a small delegation from the SCHOMS Executive team, a judgement call will be made regarding this closer to the time.
The Executive Committee felt that the membership should be informed of this at the earliest so that if ISE 2022 is a must for you this year you have enough time to seek alternative routes to secure attendance.