***Cancelled 10th March 2020***
Infections from Covid-19 are increasing and the expert projections are that they will increase significantly.
KULeuven, the conference venue, has issued guidelines, but it places the onus on their implementation on the AES to enforce them (thus absolving the university from claims of negligence), including taking temperatures, having hand sanitizers available, and establishing where delegates have been during the 2 weeks prior to the conference. The space designated for posters, meals and breaks, and networking would, however, does not allow for “safe distances” among attendees.
The AES Executive therefore (and with great reluctance, especially given the excellent programme and location) has decided to cancel the conference in Leuven, as the most responsible action to take in the circumstances. However, a virtual Annual General Meeting will take place in the afternoon on 14 April 2020, by teleconference (details to be circulated).
Rather than try to reschedule the conference for later in the year (when the situation could still be problematic), or organise a virtual conference, the AES Executive has decided not to hold the annual conference in 2020 and the next one will take place in Warwick University from 24-26 March 2021.
Registration fees paid to date will be refunded, but papers are on the website for members to view.
Thank you for your understanding