The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI)’s annual conference, which was originally scheduled to take place in September this year, will be going online for the first time in its long history due to challenging global conditions brought about by COVID-19.
“Whilst we are deeply saddened not to be meeting face to face in Sweden this year, the Stockholm organisers are working hard to bring the event to you in this new digital format,” said the union in an official statement.
The common theme for this year’s event will be ‘Navigating changing climates – delivering expertise to shape the future’ which is said to be fitting given current unprecedented times.
The conference’s agenda will feature discussions on COVID-19 and its consequences for marine insurance business as well as on the impact of sustainability and digitalisation on the sector. Many other topical issues are expected to complement this core debate.
To allow for maximum participation, the 2020 event will be held over a two-week period from 14-25 September with one workshop session held daily for 90-120 minutes.
Each of the 10 sessions will run twice a day to ensure all time zones are able to participate and these sessions will comprise a mix of presentations, discussion and online Q&A.
Open to all
Another first for the IUMI annual conference is that this year, the organisers have decided to open the event to the entire industry and so brokers, lawyers, surveyors and other stakeholders involved in the maritime business are welcome to attend.
The event attendance fee for IUMI members has also been significantly reduced to EUR500 ($564). Meanwhile, every non-IUMI-member is invited to join for a fee of EUR600. The fees include access to all 10 workshop sessions.
The conference website www.iumi2020.com and conference app will soon be made available –allowing prospective attendees to plan their attendance, view background information and interact with the speakers, panellists and each other.