2018 Conference: Limited Registration Option 

We experienced an overwhelming response to the opening of our conference registration. At this time, the best option for individuals interested in attending the conference is to register using the ‘limited registration’ option.

Limited registration will allow access to only invited presentations in the general auditorium as well as the ability to sign up for workshops where space is available. Also, lunch is not provided, so individuals would be responsible for purchasing their own meal.

Individuals who register using the limited registration option will only be allowed to register for one day, either Thursday OR Friday. This restriction is in place to accommodate as many people as possible. Given the above restrictions, limited registration is being offered at a discounted cost.

Please note: Being on the waitlist does not guarantee registration. When limited registration opens, registrations will be processed on a ‘first-come first-serve’ basis.

Limited registration is open!   Click to access the Limited Registration page. 

 

Conference Update:

Although we are thrilled with the growing interest in the conference, we are disheartened that we have to turn people away. Indeed, each year our increasing wait list reminds us that we cannot accommodate everyone who wants to attend the conference.

Over the past few years, the BABAT conference committee has worked closely with UMASS to lessen negative outcomes related to limited venue space. Our creative solutions have included, developing overflow rooms for keynote addresses, accessing previously unused space, thoughtful scheduling and room planning, adding additional space for meals, and extending the conference to a third day. In addition, BABAT continues to expand member services and CEU opportunities such as our half day BABAT Social continuing education event in Natick, MA.

At last year’s conference we conducted a member survey regarding conference accommodations. Last August the survey results were disseminated via our bi-annual newsletter The New England Behavior Analyst (NEBA). One of the outcomes from the survey indicated that 57% of conference attendees preferred moving the conference to a different location within Massachusetts. We take our members feedback seriously and over the past year, the conference committee and BABAT board of directors have been hard at work exploring all available options so that we can provide the best conference that we can, while accommodating as many people as we can.

However, it is important to note that once a decision is made to change the venue of a conference of this magnitude, it often takes 2-3 years to execute the move, for several reasons.  Conference space is typically booked several years in advance at most locations.  In addition, most venues do not provide many of the services that UMASS currently does, such as setting up the registration page, manning the registration table when you check in, etc., and thus we need to identify and hire additional vendors to do what UMASS currently does.   Moving a conference the size of BABAT is an extremely complicated endeavor, and we have been working on this process for quite some time now.  Unfortunately, it was simply not possible to complete this process for the 2018 conference.

Over the next few weeks we plan to share more information regarding our plans to address this issue and look forward to allowing more behavior analysts to benefit from the exceptional speakers, networking opportunities, and professional development that BABAT has to offer.  For now, BABAT is working quickly with UMass to offer a ‘limited registration’ option which would allow registrants to access invited speakers in the main auditorium for a reduced registration cost.  This limited registration option will likely open next week – further details will be emailed to BABAT members and announced via social media.

 

Registration Questions:

If you are currently on the waitlist, but would like to sign up for Wednesday workshops,  visit https://umass.irisregistration.com/Form/BABATMaster to register/pay for Wednesday only events.

If you are registered for the full conference and want to add workshops, the easiest option is to contact UMass  (413-577-8102, registration@umass.edu). Those with a completed status (i.e., not waitlisted) can edit their registration by logging back into their existing account on the registration page.  However, it is recommended that you contact UMass directly.

Click here to download the 2018 Draft BABAT schedule v. 23

For questions about the registration process, please contact registration@umass.edu