COVID-19 FAQ

The health and safety of delegates, advisors, and staff remains our highest priority. After closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation within Ontario and Canada, we have made the decision to host our conference in an entirely online setting.

MACMUN 2021 will be held from March 12-14, 2021 over a virtual platform called Gatherly. More information regarding this platform and how it will be utilized by our conference can be found below and will be provided to accepted delegates closer to the conference.

We have compiled this list of frequently asked questions in an effort to provide as much information as possible. We understand that everyone’s situation is unique and this is by no means an exhaustive list of concerns or solutions. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mariyam Salhia, our VP External/Under-Secretary-General of Delegate Affairs (usgdelegateaffairs@macmun.org).

What will the MACMUN 2021 online conference look like?


MACMUN 2021 will be hosted in a virtual format via Gatherly ( gatherly.io). As such, staff and delegates participating can expect to require technological devices (whether that be a phone, tablet, computer, or other device) that can connect to Wi-Fi and use the Gatherly platform. This platform will be used throughout the conference when engaging directly with conference staff and participants. Please note that all further details about using these platforms and connecting will be distributed well in advance of the conference. Technical assistance from Gatherly will be available on standby throughout the conference, should any delegates or staff run into issues. MACMUN does recognize the technological barriers that this creates to accessing the conference. As such, please contact usgdelegateaffairs@mcmun.org with any questions or accessibility concerns. Please note that the registration form has a designated place for disclosing these concerns as well.




Has the conference schedule been adjusted?


Yes; given the nature of the online conference, we have reduced the length of each committee session and added more breaks for delegates. We will also have online socials for delegates to get to know their fellow delegates within and outside of their committees. An updated conference schedule can be found on our schedule page.




Is there a delegate/delegation fee to attend MACMUN 2021?


No! Thanks to our generous sponsors, this year MACMUN will be offering spots to students free of charge in an effort to ensure financial accessibility during this challenging time. Internal McMaster students will, however, be required to partake in a competitive application process in order to be accepted into the conference. External delegates will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis subject to availability.




Will delegates still receive awards?


Yes, delegates will still be receiving awards, as detailed on our Resources Page. Delegates will be evaluated in the typical areas of formal speaking, drafting resolutions, diplomacy, and crisis sophistication (within crisis committees). All delegates who receive awards at the conference will be mailed their gavel, award, or respective certificate. To be eligible for an award, delegates must follow MACMUN’s policies, which will be updated for a virtual environment and distributed to delegates as soon as possible.





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