After many weeks of preparation and planning, CIVA’s first Zoom-centred online plenary conference quickly became an excellent forum for debate and the conclusion of a wide range of topics. The opening Free Discussion session on Friday was well supported, extremely useful and could even have over-run the allotted two hours, while the ensuing four Saturday and Sunday sessions – two each day – were fully stretched to see us through the usual lengthy agenda of items.
A major departure from normal involved use of the Election Runner online voting system, which we engaged to settle the voting for each proposal but between the sessions in order to keep concentration directed to the ongoing discussions. This provided accurate counts for all the topics that needed it, enabling the rapid construction of a Summary of Conclusions that will be published as soon as it can be approved; the full plenary minutes document will take a little longer.
Overall it was a significant conference with many important items discussed and resolved, and our thanks are due to everyone for their input and well-maintained attention. Here below are the results of all the voted items –