In a message to members (10 March 2020), Dr Camilla Kingdon, Vice President for Education and Training wrote:
In light of public health concerns, we have decided to postpone the annual conference. Our first duty is to our patients, and it is likely that all of us will be operating under some additional strain in the coming months as we work together to control the spread of COVID-19. We also have a duty of care to you all, and it doesn’t seem sensible to gather such a big group of us together at this time.
I’m very sorry to deliver this news, but it seems clear that it is the right and responsible decision. Our programme for the 2020 Conference is something I am really proud of and the Conference Committee is determined not to lose all the energy and ideas we had in putting it together. For the many College members who were expecting to present at workshops or poster sessions, we will be contacting you directly in the coming days. We are working now on alternative arrangements for the conference and I’ll be in touch when we have more information.
What if I’ve already bought a ticket?
There is no need to contact the College. We will be processing full refunds over the coming three weeks. You will be refunded in full to the card/account that was originally used to pay. If you do have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) also postponed?
The AGM, scheduled for 29 April as part of the Conference, is being postponed. The College has an obligation to hold the AGM within 15 months of the previous one, which took place on 14 May 2019.
To fulfil this obligation, an alternative date and venue for the 2020 AGM will be announced shortly. In finalising these alternative arrangements, we will seek to make the AGM accessible to as many members as possible.
We realise that there will be a number of questions as a result of this decision, particularly if you were due to present an abstract or speak at Conference.
We have a frequently asked questions page, which we will update as we get more information.