Following careful consideration of the current situation globally, the Board of Directors of Hellenic Bioinformatics and the Organizing Committee of Hbioinfo-2020, the annual conference scheduled for November 20-22 in Thessalonica, have jointly made the decision to postpone the event.
The reason for this hard decision was of course the Coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainties it has introduced related to both international travel and health safety. The fluidity of the situation right now obliges us to keep the interests of our members, fellows, invited speakers and participants above everything else.
We thank you very much for your support and commitment and we hope we will be able to host you and the event in Thessalonica in a year from now, tentatively end of November, 2021. While we still cannot guarantee at this point that the global situation will allow us to hold the conference on those days, we would still like to ask you to reserve the last of week of November 2021 on your calendars, until more concrete plans can be made for everyone.
Regretfully, it is impossible to fix future dates at this point yet we plan to do so at a later moment when the public health crisis (hopefully) eases. On a more optimistic note, we are still pursuing the option of moving the Hbioinfo-2020 online as a distributed digital event, over an extended period of time. We will circulate more information through our channels in due course, once we coordinate the necessary logistics with our invited speakers.
In the meantime, our thoughts go out to all those whose health is impacted around the world.