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For those of you who are not aware, CRU Events also runs the SMU Steel Summit.

This conference ran live in Atlanta towards the end of August, with 853 attendees gathering in Atlanta, Georgia.
In the post-conference survey, 93% of respondents said they felt comfortable or very comfortable with the SMU / CRU protocols put in place for their safety. Here's what we did:

To indicate personal preferences for levels of face-to-face interaction, we provided colored wrist bands for all attendees to wear. The wearing of facemasks when inside the venue was encouraged, as per the recommendations of the CDC, the State of Atlanta and the venue.
Hand sanitizer stations were available throughout the venue space for the use of all attendees.

Seats in the auditorium were spaced out, and numbers limited to ensure distancing.

Lunches were served by staff, and screens placed to keep the food as hygienic as possible.

 "SMU and CRU team did a great job to organize a great event amidst of very challenging times with a health pandemic still ongoing - as in previous events the content is very relevant to the times and great speakers"
Malena Villarreal, Supply Chain Manager, Gibraltar Industries - Pacific Award Metals

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Much of the CRU Ryan's Notes Ferroalloys conference is held outdoors:

Don't miss the legendary Golf Tournament! Not just a fun day out, there are cash prizes to be won, as well as invaluable networking opportunities and impromptu business meetings that can be had - with fresh air and a little exercise to boot!

The Welcome Reception and Networking Receptions are generally hosted outside, weather permitting. At previous events, attendees have enjoyed receptions held at the poolside, and on large open terraces and balconies with panoramic views of the local landscapes.
There are outside seating areas where you can meet and hold those all important negotiations. With the weather generally being favorable in October in Florida, many attendees hold meetings in the fresh air, rather than in the dedicated conference room inside.
Additionally, you can meet new people at the running club, held in the mornings before the conference presentations begin . . .

. . . or on the tennis court- all held outside. And, in 2021, you will also be able to watch all the conference sessions on-demand, for 30 days after the live dates.

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