EBSA Forging Biosafety Conference 2020 Luxembourg

Submitted by [email protected] on Thu, 04/30/2020 - 03:44 PM

nformation why we are postponing the EBSA conference until end of September 2020

As you will be aware, the current situation within Europe regarding the SARS-CoV-2 (‘COVID-19’) remains fluid. Several participants, instructors and speakers from our annual conference and preconference courses due to be held in Luxembourg this coming April have contacted EBSA Council to express concern at their ability to travel in April, particularly with relation to quarantine measures, returning to their home country, etc.  Naturally, many of our members also have key roles to play in their home organisations and countries in helping to combat the spread of the virus.

Bearing this in mind, and being mindful that (i) members require certainty to plan their schedules, (ii) members may be examining their travel options to Luxembourg and (iii) many members require this time to assist their companions and countrymates, Council has this Friday (March 6th) regretfully taken the decision to postpone the Luxembourg conference and preconference courses. Our local organising committee in Luxembourg have been of immense assistance and, thanks to their hard work, the event has been rearranged for the following dates: preconference courses (29-30 September 2020), conference (1-2 October 2020). Council believes this is the correct decision to take the ensure that the conference programme remains of the high quality our members deserve, and have come to expect.

Together with our colleagues in ETWG and CPWG, we are in the process of reaching out to all instructors and speakers to confirm their availability and will keep you updated of changes in the programme. Given our members’ collective experience, we expect the agenda of the rescheduled conference to include an additional focus on the current outbreak, and the contrasting methods used to tackle the issue.

We hope to see you all late September in Luxembourg. Current registrations will remain valid for the postponed event (courses and conference) and guarantee that attendees will not be affected by any later change in cost. These registrations will be invoiced as reduced price “early bird” tickets; availability of which will be closed at the end of March; after this time the higher standard fees will be applicable.

Should you have any further questions concerning the conference, please feel free to contact us on [email protected].

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