APEC Organizers Announce Virtual Conference Format

April 01, 2021 by Hailey Stewart

The Applied Power Electronics Conference will take place as a virtual conference from June 14 through June 17.

Originally set to take place in Arizona this June, the Applied Power Electronics Conference will move forward virtually from June 14 through June 17. 

Conference organizers cited concerns for the safety and well-being of potential APEC participants as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to pose health risks for gatherings of any kind. 

In a statement released Wednesday, APEC organizers shared, “While we look forward to the moment when everyone who wants to participate at an in-person APEC can do so safely and confidently, we are not there yet.”


Image courtesy of APEC

While vaccination efforts across the globe have produced a sense of hope for returned normalcy, many conferences and exhibitions have followed the same precautionary steps as APEC. The Demystifying EMC Conference, CES 2021, Embedded World 2021, and PCIM Europe all took place or will take place virtually this year.

“Continued global travel restrictions, unknown guidance on large gatherings, as well as social distancing protocols make it impossible to move forward with an in-person event at this time,” read the APEC statement.

APEC 2020 was canceled just a week before the conference and exhibition were set to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, from March 15 through March 19, in the early stages of the pandemic’s development in the United States.

This year’s APEC will be held virtually through Social27, a virtual events platform. While more information on the specific details of the event has yet to be released, APEC organizers have shared that live Q&A sessions with power industry experts and a virtual exposition will still be at the core of this year’s event. Attendees will be granted access to the virtual event platform and all on-demand sessions during the week of June 9.

Early registration for the online event is now available. Free Expo-Hall-only registration opens Monday, May 3. Technical and industry sessions, professional education seminars, plenary sessions, RAP sessions, expo hall, and exhibitor seminars are all included in APEC registration.

The power conference that brings in nearly 6,000 professionals each year has showcased technologies from companies such as Maxim Integrated, ON Semiconductor, United Silicon Carbide, Texas Instruments, and GaN Systems in past years.  

APEC organizers say the details of the upcoming conference and exposition will be shared through the APEC website, email, and social media.

EE Power will continue to update any information regarding APEC’s virtual format as it becomes available.