SMS Berkeley Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

While we had hoped to see you in Berkeley today, we share your disappointment that we are unable to gather in person for the SMS Special Conference at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. 

We are grateful for our community’s support and their desire to attend this conference. Thank you for your patience as we explored options for moving forward. Due to the circumstances of the cancellation, we are able to offer registered participants the following options for their registration fee: 

  • Option 1: Credit to apply toward future SMS Conferences (expires in December 2022) plus 2020 membership for non-members or 2021 membership for current 2020 members*. 
  • Option 2: Full refund of your registration fee. Refunds will be made in the original form of payment to the original payer.

Please email the SMS Executive Office at by June 1, 2020, to let us know which of these options you would like to pursue. In your email, please include the following: 

  • Your name 
  • Your SMS username/ email address 
  • Your SMS Berkeley invoice number (you can locate this under ‘myTools’ then ‘myInvoices&Reciepts’) 
  • Which option you would like to pursue 

As we all learn to adapt to the challenges presented by the current health crisis, we are working to create opportunities to bring the SMS Special Conference in Berkeley to you in a variety of virtual formats. We are excited to experiment with new platforms and means of engaging with our community. We will share these opportunities by email and you can also check the SMS Berkeley website for updates and a schedule of these engagements, which we anticipate will be spread out over several weeks this spring. 

We look forward to bringing this content to life, and we hope you can join us for one or more of these virtual activities!  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SMS Executive Office at

SMS Executive Office 

*SMS membership includes enrollment in two Interest Groups and two Communities, plus e-access to SMS journals, discounted conference registration fees, and access to member-only programming.  To learn more about SMS membership please visit:

Last Updated: March 27, 2020