Dear IGSSE family,
I am more than sorry to announce that we have to cancel this year´s IGSSE Forum, scheduled for May 4-6 2020 in Raitenhaslach. As our annual meeting´s core purpose is to connect our members both scientifically and socially, it naturally opposes the most important tool to beat the COVID-19 crisis: keeping social distance. At this point no-one can safely predict when the halts of public and scientific life will end. But IGSSE´s responsibility is not only to open up new horizons but to keep all our members safe. That is why we have taken the decision to cancel the 14th IGSSE Forum for May 2020.
Regardless of the pandemic´s challenge - staying in good spirits is essential to master this unprecedented situation. I believe that you as scientists are mind-strong and have the strength to face this emotional and psychological crisis.
At the same time, it is important for our society that all of us act with tolerance, respect and awareness for other peoples‘ needs. Please offer help - if you can - to elderly people or to those at risk who have no-one at their side. Together, we will overcome this crisis.
Wishing you all the best for you and your beloved ones.