The COVID-19 pandemic is of concern to all and has been the subject of much discussion between the members of the IPOS 2020 World Congress Scientific committee and the IPOS Board.
We have decided to postpone the meeting which was to be held in Kyoto from 16-19 June 2020 until August 2020 as per the dates listed below. These dates reflect the nature of the Congress which is a shared initiative between IPOS and the Japanese Psycho-Oncology Society and take into account specific religious and holiday observances in Japan.
- Tuesday, August 11: Joint Meeting 2020 Day 1 & IPOS Board Meeting
- Wednesday, August 12: IPOS 2020 Day 1 & Joint Meeting Day 2
- Thursday, August 13: IPOS 2020 Day 2
- Friday, August 14: IPOS 2020 Day 3
- Saturday, August 15: Academy Workshops
The venue for the revised dates remains the same – International Conference Centre, Kyoto
It is not possible to reschedule the Congress in Kyoto to any other time because the venue is not available. Rescheduling rather than cancelling means that IPOS does not face a financial penalty.
The health and wellbeing of our members and the patients and communities to which they would return after the Congress is uppermost in our decision-making. We recognise that the situation is evolving rapidly and will maintain vigilance as we move towards our re-scheduled meeting in August.
Member of the IPOS Board are enormously grateful to our colleagues from the Japanese Psycho-Oncology Society who have been both responsive and gracious throughout our discussions. Our deepest concerns are for our colleagues whose personal and professional lives have been impacted by this pandemic and our ongoing support for them, which I know will be offered by our IPOS community, is so important.
For more information, please go to http://ipos2020.com/