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ASC 2020 International Conference

15-18 April, 2020

56th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference

As you are aware, there is increasing occurrence of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, in some areas of the globe which has generated inquiry from some faculty and their families regarding the upcoming Associated Schools of Construction conference in the United Kingdom. This is written to address issues related to your attendance at the planned ASC Conference at John Moores University in Liverpool in April 2020.

As of 29 February, there are 36 cases of the COVID-19 in all of the United Kingdom and none in the Liverpool area. The US Department of State has no noted travel concerns in this area as of 29 February. As such, our current plan is to continue with the ASC Conference as planned. We are asking that you work collaboratively with us and support this approach. If you feel that the ASC conference should be reconsidered, we ask you to be part of the conversation and to be fully informed. We understand that to some degree this is an institutional or personal decision; however, that decision has implications for all of us in ASC.

Our basic approach is to continue to monitor the situation as it develops and lean on the following guidelines:

  1. If the government of the United Kingdom closes schools or universities in the Liverpool area, the conference would be rescheduled or convened in a different format. 
  2. If the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory reaches Level 3 “Reconsider Travel” and/or the CDC Advisory reaches Alert Level 3 “Avoid Nonessential Travel”, the conference would be rescheduled or convened in a different format. If you have yet to plan travel, we encourage you to obtain travel insurance where possible. 

Your partnership and participation in the ASC Conference is highly valued. We appreciate your collaborative cooperation in this developing situation. The health and safety of our ASC partners is our first and foremost consideration. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call:


Professor Alison Cotgrave: Liverpool John Moores University, UK - +44 151 231 2837

Dr Ben Farrow: Auburn University, USA - 334 844 4285

ASC logoThe 56th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference will take place 15-18 April, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa in Liverpool, UK. 

Please stay tuned as we release more information closer to the time of the Conference.


Call for papers:
Paper submission – closed

Call for poster abstracts:
Poster abstracts may be submitted between 1 – 30 November, 2019.

View the poster submissions guidelines

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