Beyond Boundaries-Indiana Academies Symposium is a unique cross-disciplinary conference bringing together fifteen academic societies that represents a wealth of subjects from natural and physical sciences to social sciences, from public health, nutrition and nursing to languages and humanities. The Symposium is a joint platform for all researchers, scholars and professionals, breaking traditional silos.
The symposium, a signature project of IU Bicentennial, will be held April 3-4, 2020, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. It will draw on IU's 200 years of leadership in higher education and research by bringing the state's academic associations together under one roof.
IU Statement on COVID-19
Following consultation with Indiana University and the participating fifteen academic and professional societies, the Beyond Boundaries Indiana Academies Symposium scheduled for April 3-4, 2020 at the Indianapolis Convention Center is postponed due to the rapidly evolving situation with Corona virus COVID-19. Individuals who have already registered for the conference will be contacted by IU Conferences in the coming weeks to process refunds. We hope to reschedule the conference during the academic year 2020-21 and will keep you informed about future plans on this website.
Indianapolis Convention Center Statement on COVID-19
March 6, 2020
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced today that Indiana has its first confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient is in isolation and there is no ongoing risk to the public. The Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium are working with IU Health, the Indiana State Department of Health and Marion County Public Health Department to learn more and update the preventative measures we already have in place to prevent the spread of respiratory infections. Earlier this week, we increased housekeeping staff and implemented additional precautionary measures. These include:
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect every restroom in the Convention Center daily. Routinely monitor and wipe down restrooms with disinfectant as well as respond to emergency cleaning needs (vomit, urine, etc.).
- Routinely disinfect all surfaces, including door handles, push plates, restroom partitions, restroom fixtures, tables, lobby furniture, trash cans, information centers, telephones, escalators, and elevators on a 24/7 basis. Routinely monitor and wipe down restrooms with disinfectant as well as respond to emergency cleaning needs (vomit, urine, etc.).
- Routinely clean all carpet throughout the building.
- Monitoring and refilling hand sanitizers located throughout the facility.
- Posted reminders about hand washing with soap and water and how to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses in restrooms.
- We have purchased electrostatic disinfection equipment to be used in conjunction with ongoing cleaning and wiping down surfaces.
- We have replaced all air filters with hospital-grade filters.
- While HVAC equipment, including restroom exhaust, actively circulates outside air through the building during all events, they now run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Additional cases of hand sanitizer were proactively ordered in the event that there is a national shortage.
- We have reinforced standard employee health practices, including encouraging employees and contracted staff to stay home if they are sick or demonstrate health symptoms that could impact fellow colleagues or guests.
- We also have reinforced its standard food safety awareness programs including frequent hand washing, use of gloves in handling food, and hand sanitizer at every food station.
We will continue to welcome conventions and events in our facilities and take every precaution to protect the health and safety of our visitors and employees. We would like to reiterate the message shared by both ISDH and the MCPHD to follow the health guidelines already in place for any flu or cold—wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, cover your cough, do not touch your face, and contact your doctor if you have any symptoms or questions.
ICCLOS adheres to all health policies and procedures as set forth by the Indiana State Department of Health. For more information on Indiana’s COVID-19 response, visit isdh.in.gov.