Dear VNOP Community,

The VNOP Executive Board and the VNOP 2020 Conference Organizers convened on Wednesday March 18 to address the obvious need, in light of the COVID19 pandemic, for us to decide on the fate of our upcoming May conference. 

Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this year’s conference, including the preconference workshop. We are aware that many of you have already put in a lot of work in sending abstracts for presentations and posters. We appreciate all the submissions, about which many of you have actually received mails just last week. 

We definitely do not want to see all the intellectual work, as well as the practical work that the conference organizers have put into the preparations, go to waste. Our hope is to keep the exciting program—invited and refereed—in place and to convene next year in May 2021. Of course we need to work out the details (including opening a call for additional proposals) and will let you know more about the planning as soon as we have figured it out.

 
Please be patient as we pursue our options. We are on this and will stay in touch. 
 
Warmly & hoping you stay safe,

Berna Güroğlu, VNOP Chair
On behalf of the VNOP Executive Board and the VNOP 2020 Conference Organizers

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