This is probably a good opportunity to reach a wider audience, within the ART membership, as I expect attendance will be much easier and costs may be less of a hurdle. Clearly keeping people sat in front of a screen for a full day would be a difficult task though I recently attended some Kquip sessions that worked well. Those sessions took part on Zoom. They included main group discussions and also break out groups that followed a similar line to previous ART conference workshop formats. Took place over 3 weeks, each session at 1.5 hours in length. I did not set it up but clearly functionality is there for somebody who knows what they are doing.
I’ve also attended a manufacturer presentation that took part virtually and also worked very well with Q & A session.
If managers are on board to facilitate their staff attending, it could be a good opportunity. It may even be less daunting to present whilst behind a mic or camera, perhaps providing more participation?
Postpone until 2022 and have a big blow out with advertising and planning well in advance to get the numbers up and educational grants to help those who can't get funding with half a days short presentations on "What did you do in the Covid War ? "
I think we all need a physical get together to give us a metaphorical slap on the back and a celebration that we all (hopefully) got through it with pride and heads held high .