Advanced Lecture Course on Systems Biology
March 7 - March 13, 2020
|Bas Teusink (NL)||Ursula Kummer (DE)||Edda Klipp (DE)|
|Uwe Sauer (CH)||Karl Kuchler (AT)|
Dear SysBio2020 participants, colleagues, friends and students:
As you know, the opening of SysBio2020 is just 12 days ahead of us, taking place from March 7-13, in Innsbruck Austria.
The recent developments around the COVID-19 outbreaks in China and most recently in Northern Italy, have been a concern for Austrian health authorities, but perhaps also for some of you. Needless to state that the current media coverage is not really helping to eradicate fears, rather the opposite is true.
As of today, there are no restrictions or public health alerts concerning travel to Austria or to Innsbruck. All authorities are on a high-alert status, but for now, governmental travel warnings or restrictions for going to Innsbruck have not been issued. Airport traffic is normal in Vienna and in Innsbruck, and train traffic from the north or south, east or west to Innsbruck is not affected right now. People arriving in Vienna by direct flights from high-risk regions in China are subject to health monitoring upon arrival in Vienna.
Should unforeseen critical developments emerging within the next 3 days require or even demand a cancelation of SysBio2020, we will inform all participants accordingly on Thursday, March 5, just prior to start of travel. We do realize that flights and travel have been booked by now, but this situation is out of our control. I wish to emphasize that a cancelation scenario is highly unlikely at this point, but of course we cannot fully exclude it.
Importantly, we would respect if any participant opts to cancel his/her participation at this late stage. Unfortunately, as of now, we will most likely not be able to provide even partial refunds of the registration fees, because we have passed the contractual deadline with the hotel where refunds are possible. Importantly, we will have a meeting with the venue management as soon as possible to discuss all scenarios and options. We will engage in negotiations to see if we are able to get at least partial refunds for participants who wished to cancel their participation
In conclusion, SysBio2020 will take place as originally planned. As sanitary precautions, we will organize stations for hand disinfection placed throughout the hotel venue. I have been in close contact with federal authorities and scientists of the Medical University of Innsbruck, who are in charge of all diagnostic testing and healthcare precautions for visitors to Innsbruck. We will receive first-hand information in case of any breaking developments during the next week.
Despite these developments, we are looking forward to seeing you in Innsbruck and to having a stimulating SysBio2020 course. Please stay tuned for new developments and read your e-mails in the coming days. Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail in case of any further questions.
The SysBio2020 Organizers