The outbreak and continuing spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have received much attention over the past several weeks. As Co-organisers of the Symposium “Innovations in Nuclear Disarmament Verification: Advancing Technology and Approaches”, we have closely monitored the situation and undertaken a careful risk assessment considering guidance from the Swiss federal and cantonal authorities as well as from the “meeting guidelines: COVID-19” published by the United Nations Office at Geneva (see attachment).
After careful consideration, we have decided that the Symposium originally scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 18 -19, 2020 will not take place on those dates. The working meeting of IPNDV will not take place, either. While we regret having to take this decision, we feel it is the most prudent course of action. Participants are encouraged to cancel their travel arrangements, in particular the hotel reservations, individually (by e-mail to: email@example.com).
For further information, please refer to the World Health Organization’s website (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019). Should you have any questions, please refer to firstname.lastname@example.org.