The Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses (CIAP) is a series of biennial international research conferences on cochlear implants and auditory brainstem implants. CIAP provides a unique forum for the presentation and discussion of fundamental scientific research from a diversity of basic science disciplines, as well as input from clinicians, engineers, and technical staff. The close interaction among leading scientific researchers from around the world facilitates the exchange of up-to-the-minute research results.
Due to ongoing concerns about the health risks of the COVID-19 global pandemic and associated travel restrictions, the organizing committee of CIAP has decided to make our 2021 conference a virtual meeting.The virtual meeting will consist of live-streamed podium sessions, chat rooms to discuss pre-recorded short talks and posters, company presentations & device workshops, mentoring sessions, and social get-togethers. These different types of sessions will be spread out and interleaved over the originally-planned 4.5 days of the conference (July 11-16, 2021), to help minimize video-conferencing fatigue and to facilitate participation from people across many time zones.Although this will be a different format from usual, we are excited about the possibility of still gathering together to share the latest cochlear implant and auditory brainstem implant research developments at the premiere conference in the field, and we are hopeful that this format will allow participation from an even wider audience than usual.We will soon be providing more details about the session topics, invited speakers, and proposed conference schedule – stay tuned!Ian Bruce (Technical Chair) Astrid van Wieringen (Technical Co-Chair) Bob Shannon (Administration Chair)