SIPS RECENT NEWS
October 27, 2020
COMBINING SIPS 2020 WITH SIPS 2021
November 28 - December 2, 2021 at Hilton Phuket Arcadia, Thailand
As of now, the COVID-19 situation in Europe has gotten worse after some improvements the months before. Many countries are returning to full lockdown due to a "second wave" of COVID-19. Various countries have asked their people to cancel all travel outside, in addition to the stricter lockdown regimes. Whether or not we agree with the government's decision, we must still respect it.
Many countries in Asia request that anyone who enters the country must undergo a quarantine period for two weeks. This two-week quarantine is true for China, Japan, Thailand, and various other countries as well. At this time, the only countries which we know about who do not require the mandatory quarantine on arrival are Brazil, Mexico, and Turkey.
Since Thailand is included on the list of countries with a mandatory two-week quarantine on arrival, this makes it near impossible to have the summit at the original dates of November 29 - December 3, 2020.
In view of this situation, the SIPS 2020 Organizing Committee had two options. The first being that we hold SIPS 2020, in April 2021. However, after further discussion, many advised against it, stating that it is too early to travel and that the vaccine might not be available in all countries in such a short time frame. This was also the opinion of all Nobel Laureates. After more discussion, we acknowledged that May to October is the rainy season in Phuket, so the next choice would be to host the event in November of 2021. This extra time would allow many countries to lift their lockdown measures, possible vaccines to be available, and various other beneficial factors.
With all of that in consideration, the SIPS 2020 Organizing Committee has decided to host SIPS 2020, from November 28 - December 2, 2021, and to combine SIPS 2020 and SIPS 2021. This decision ensures that all, abstracts and papers submitted to SIPS 2020 will be valid for the combined SIPS 2020 and 2021. Authors will be able to update and modify the abstracts and full papers if necessary. Also, all registration fees paid for SIPS 2020 will be valid for the combined SIPS 2020 and 2021 without any increase. As well, all 9 Nobel Laureates have confirmed their presence during these dates for hosting SIPS 2020 and 2021.
At FLOGEN Star Outreach, we acknowledge the pressing issue of COVID-19 in all countries, and thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to plan for a great SIPS 2020 and 2021. If you have any concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to contact us
SIPS 2020 and 2021 Organizing Committee
July 1, 2020
In light of the current COVID-19 situation, health of the attendees is always a prime concern to us. In this regard, we are monitoring the situation daily.
Since almost all conferences planned in September, October, November and December 2020 are still being held and have not been postponed, as of now we are keeping the summit dates the same and we are continuing to accept abstracts. The following is a partial list of conferences that are not postponed. There are in Asia, US, Europe and everywhere.
The conferences that are postponed to 2021 seem to be because they cannot be held during winter time. In Thailand, it is summer in December. Furthermore, the COVID-19 cases in Thailand are very low for the moment and because the Thailand government is planning to sponsor SIPS 2020, we are keeping the original dates.
Nevertheless, we have a plan B and we will postpone if and when necessary. The postponement criteria will be based on the official travel advisories from WHO (World Health Organization), those of the host country and other countries. If they officially announce that it is not safe to travel, we will postpone for some months. We will closely follow the travel advice from Europe/US governments and from World Health Organization as an official criterion. This is also the criteria to postpone with the hotel since we have a big financial liability to them.
We hope that a vaccine or at least a cure is found before. You never know. They are speaking that by August we should have something to start with.
We are receiving abstracts every day. We have close to 200 abstracts submitted until now. They are being submitted every day. Authors from France have even booked the flights to Thailand and have been asking to book the hotel in Thailand. Some are asking about our special airlines prices. We already have many special rates given to us by airlines very recently and many others are coming. Please see the information on the website (www.flogen.org/sips2020/page.php?p=21
). No airline told us that there is an issue with COVID for the dates of our summit.
In this point of view, the abstracts may be submitted as soon as possible since the system will be still open for a limited time. The registration fees are not required to be paid at the same time of abstract submission, but later. In case of any eventual postponement, the abstracts submitted for the current dates will be valid for the new postponed dates. If potential authors need more time to submit abstracts they can contact us and we are willing to give more time to facilitate the formalities with their workplace.
Again, please rest assured that the safety of all of us is our priority. If WHO (World Health Origination) and government official advise avoiding non-essential travel at the time of the summit we will postpone the summit and will hold it at the same place and at the same hotel for some months later. The new potential new dates will be chosen in broad consultation with the authors. We will make a decision later when the official travel advisory is posted in order to be legally responsible for the terms of the financial liability contract we have with the hotel.
It would be a great pleasure to have you join us. Should you have any concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at
SIPS 2020 Organizing Committee