Update on IFTR2020 and Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Issued 10 March 2020
10 March, 2020
Dear IFTR Members,
We have had a fantastic response to the call for Galway and throughout February our conference organising team has been busy processing abstract submissions and acceptances.
One cloud hangs over our conference preparations: the global health concern caused by the coronavirus. To date, Ireland has seen only a few confirmed cases (21), none of which is in Galway thus far. In order to minimise the risk of a major outbreak the country is adhering to a containment policy.
Given the current state of play, we are proceeding with our conference preparations whilst closely monitoring the situation. As a practical, precautionary measure we are looking to suspend registration during March and extend the period for early-bird registration by one month. (Please do not worry if you were among the few delegates to register already; we have a record of payments made.) Registration will now re-open on 1 April, and the early-bird period will continue until 1 June 2020. In the meantime, we advise delegates to follow travel advice offered by their national authorities and institutions.
Going forward, we kindly ask you to check the conference website and social media for updates and request your understanding as we manage event planning alongside the uncertainty that this global health crisis brings.
Elaine Aston (President IFTR)
Miriam Haughton, Marianne Kennedy, Patrick Lonergan, Charlotte McIvor, Ian Walsh (Galway organising team)