Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that we announce that the 2020 International Congress of Infant Studies will not be held in Glasgow July 6 – 9, 2020 as planned.

The Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the global situation with respect to COVID-19. With the increasing global spread of the coronavirus, consequent increased number of international travel restrictions along with changing public health measures globally, including the transition of our conference venue into a field hospital, we must cancel the in-person Biennial ICIS Meeting that was to be held July 6-9 in Glasgow.

We are considering several options for alternatives including a virtual meeting and rescheduling the 2020 meeting to be held in Scotland in 2021. We ask for your understanding as we finalize our plans in this currently changing environment.  Your patience is requested regarding reimbursements of registration fees as we will have further announcements in the coming weeks.

If you do require immediate reimbursement of your registration fee, please contact us to arrange for a refund.

For any travel booked, many airlines are offering cancellation fee waivers or credits due to the travel concerns and quarantines currently in effect. If you have already booked travel to attend ICIS, please check the terms and conditions with your travel provider directly.  Should you require a letter stating the cancelling due to COVID-19, please contact us via email to request the letter. Because we are exploring the option to meet in 2021 in Scotland, you may wish to wait until we have firm details and see if you can transfer your ticket to a future flight.

If you have booked your accommodation, please contact the hotel directly to cancel your booking.

For any questions or concerns regarding the postponement of the 2020 meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Despite the cancellation of the meeting, we are planning to hold our elections and to determine award winners as previously announced. We look forward to recognizing leaders and outstanding researchers in our community in the coming months.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and hope that you are taking care of yourself, your families and lab mates/colleagues.  We look forward to seeing you all soon, whether in a virtual or rescheduled live meeting!

Sincerely,

Lisa Oakes

President, International Congress of Infant Studies