SPR 2020- Vancouver Cancellation Announcement
Friday, June 5, 2020
Posted by: Ashley Haan
Recently, the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver contacted SPR about new re-opening guidelines issued by British Columbia (BC) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These reopening guidelines make it impossible for SPR to hold our Annual Meeting in British Columbia as they call for conventions proceeding only after identification of a successful vaccine, community immunity has been achieved, or broad successful treatments have been implemented. Prior to the issuing of these guidelines, SPR was committed to a contract with the hotel that would result in a high cancellation fee. Now that BC has issued these guidelines, SPR has been able to cancel the hotel contract without any financial liability.
The Board of Directors and Program Committee are looking at potential virtual options for scientific education. We are also looking at the possibility of postponing some of the content scheduled for 2020 to 2021. We do anticipate having a virtual poster session, so please submit your abstracts and encourage your trainees to present as well. The poster abstract submission deadline has been extended to June 5. We are considering how to handle other aspects of the meeting and will be back in touch with the membership once a plan is in place. Conference registration fees have not yet been determined but will be markedly reduced.
We are sad that we will not see you this fall. The SPR Annual Meeting is a tremendous networking opportunity for our profession. The science presented at the meeting continues to move us all forward. We are thankful to the members that took the time to submit a symposium or abstract for presentation at the 2020 meeting.
This time in our lives is unprecedented and changes are happening every day. We would be remiss in not considering the health implications to our membership by meeting in person during the fall when another COVID-19 outbreak is predicted.
Mark your calendars for the 2021 SPR Annual Meeting that will be held in Prague on October 13-17.
We wish you good health,
SPR Board of Directors
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