Considering the latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and after careful consideration of the current situation, the IASLC Board of Directors and IASLC leadership have made the decision to postpone the IASLC 2020 World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC 2020), which was scheduled to take place August 9 - 12, 2020 in Singapore. At this time, the World Conference on Lung Cancer has been rescheduled to January 26 - 29, 2021 in Singapore (WCLC 2020 Singapore).
The postponement was based on multiple factors, including but not limited to, the current travel restrictions put in place by Singapore, the U.S. and other countries, and, importantly, the toll currently being placed on our health care community. These restrictions significantly affect the ability of delegates, speakers, presenters and exhibitors to participate fully in the WCLC 2020. This decision also underlines our commitment to containing the virus and preventing further sickness and loss of life, as per WHO recommendations.
We recognize that many people have already contributed a great deal of time and energy into helping prepare for this event, and we share this sense of disappointment.
Given the postponement, we can transfer your registration to the event in January 2021, at no cost. Should you be unable to join us in January 2021, your registration fee will be refunded. Cancellations received by June 1, 2020 will be refunded fully. Cancellations received after June 1, 2020 may be subject to the standard cancellation policy.
The WCLC has always provided a platform for sharing cutting-edge research and creating space for new collaborations and partnerships. Considering the postponement, we will further evaluate the WCLC 2020 Singapore scientific program due to the recent global pandemic. We are also exploring the possibility of a virtual Presidential Symposium in August in order to engage and bring you new, relevant late-breaking science. Additionally, if you have submitted an abstract for WCLC 2020 Singapore, visit the abstract submission page to learn about the options available and ensure your research is submitted to this premier conference. Abstract submission will remain open until August 28, 2020.
The IASLC represents a large community of medical professionals, many of whom are now working increased hours to support cancer patients and those impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to these individuals, their families and their patients.
The health, safety and security of all participants and staff at IASLC events is of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates regarding future IASLC events and activities.