FLASH -- ANNOUNCEMENT
After careful consideration iniForum and the Program Committee have decided that, in the light of the growing caronavirus pandemic, it would be unwise to go ahead with the Capo Caccia Workshop this April.
This is a deeply unfortunate situation. The Program Committee and iniForum have invested substantial effort to ensure the success of the 2020 meeting. However, the risk for holding the meeting is simply too great. Extensive regions of northern Italy are now under quarantine, and the number of infections continue to rise dramatically across Southern Europe. Restrictions on travel and meetings are being imposed by various organizations and counties. And there is growing disruption of international transportation and flight services. At this point it seems very unlikely that these problems can be solved within six weeks, and that we would have the necessary logistics for transporting the usual lab and conference equipment from Switzerland to Sardinia.
We have discussed with the Hotel dei Pini options for postponement. At present the Hotel can offer availability only from 6 October 2020 - 16 October 2020. That is shorter duration Workshop than we would like - but under the circumstances we will plan for a postponement of the 2020 Workshop to that time.
iniForum and the Program Committee will evaluate the progress of the pandemic and decide in about May whether it will be feasible to go ahead in October. If so, we will open a new registration process for the October meeting. We will email you as soon as we have a decision.
To minimize any further financial risk to both registrants and iniForum, we propose to cancel all registrations with immediate effect. All payments that have already been made by registrants will be refunded to paid-up registrants as soon as possible.
Meanwhile we thank you all for your enthusiastic support of the Capo Caccia Workshops.
We wish you all the best through these troubled times, and trust that we will be able to meet together in October.