ESPHM 2020 postponed


ESPHM 2020 postponed

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, colleagues & friends

The organizers of the 12th ESPHM (local organizing committee, ECPHM, EAPHM & Vet International as professional conference organizer) have carefully observed the situation regarding SARS-CoV-2 in Switzerland and in Europe. We were constantly evaluating press releases and other official information from relevant authorities like WHO, EC, Swiss Federal Ministry of Health, Cantone of Berne, etc., which we are in contact with. Today, the Swiss government has decided to apply measures that force us to make a final decision regarding the symposium initially scheduled for 29th of April until 1st of May 2020.

Currently our two major aims as organizers of the symposium are protecting our delegates & speakers from becoming infected by SARS-CoV-2 during traveling for or meeting at the ESPHM, and also significantly contributing to the prevention of any further spread of the virus; this can only be achieved by suspending the current event schedule. Having studied all alternatives, we mutually decided to postpone the symposium to the following date:

14th to 16th of April 2021

This action is a postponement and not a cancellation of the event, and even the name of the ESPHM 2020 will be kept with slight modifications. We will provide you with further updates regarding the consequences for registrations, submitted scientific contributions, etc. in due time. We cordially regret the inconvenience this postponement might cause for you. However, this decision has been taken in order to protect the vulnerable part of our society and to reduce any risk that might be caused by travel and attendance to such an international meeting.I wish you all the best & health for the near future and hope to see you soon in Bern at the 12th ESPHM.

Best regards,

Heiko Nathues

President / ESPHM2020 /LOC